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Annotation: Edward, a young hoarder, has to learn what is worth keeping and what is just "stuff" -- and to put his friends before his things.
Catalog Number: #5269924
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2011
Illustrator: Jones, Noah
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-06-171921-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-06-171921-9
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2009049900
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Edward is a rabbit who loves his stuff, so much so that his house is absolutely stuffed with stuff! He soon loses interest in playing with his friends in favor of playing with his stuff. One day when an enormous truck rumbles down the street shaking everyone's houses, Edward gets trapped in his own house beneath an avalanche of belongings. Lonely, Edward realizes how boring his stuff is, and he wants out. His friends rescue him, and Edward decides to purge his things and enjoy life with his friends. This lighthearted look at hoarding pairs witty, sparse text with jittery, squiggly cartoon illustrations. Many of the two-page spreads are packed with Edward's stuff, and children will enjoy poring over the detail on these pages ly Edward would keep a box of tangled yo-yos, old stinky sneakers, and fish heads. Give this book to your favorite collector, and they might just start purging.
Horn Book
Following the 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill, eleven-year-old aspiring ornithologist and "bird artist" Bouler created paintings in exchange for donations to the clean-up effort. Here she shares her love of birding, her own conservation efforts, and ways for others to take action. Though content is a little sparse, the book's message and design--including impressive original sketches--will successfully reach young environmentalists. Websites.
Kirkus Reviews
An anti-consumerist cautionary tale just doesn't quite work. Young Edward, a rabbit, has two good friends: Anthony, a beaver, and Marguerite, a cat. Then he has his stuff, his wonderful stuff. Anthony notes that Edward may have a little too much stuff. "How can anyone have too much STUFF?" is Edward's retort. There comes a day when his stuff leaves no room for Anthony or Marguerite or, for that matter, time. He's too busy to play because he's "doing STUFF with my STUFF." There comes another day when the whole mess collapses on him, and Anthony and Marguerite save his stuff-smothered butt. Palatini's wordplay keeps this story of prioritizing values from drifting into timeworn homily, as when Edward is at first protected by his stuff when it crashes down: " 'I'm saved. Saved by my STUFF!' How good was that?" Edward's volte-face from stuff fan to stuff foe also rings true; all that stuff is about to suffocate him, metaphorically and literally. Jones' illustrations—with their wobbly black linework and clear grasp of Edward's mania—also strike a balance between reasonable fascination with cool stuff (a tuba, robots, cuckoo clocks) and serious junk (fish heads, smelly sneakers, broken crayons). Then the final page makes a painfully playful stab at comparing friendship to stuff, which not only doesn't work as irony, but pulls the plug on the whole cautionary endeavor. Palatini should've stopped one STUFF earlier. (Picture book. 4-7)
Publishers Weekly
Edward, a bunny who is more interested in his "stuff" than his friends, isn't far from a Hoarders-style intervention-his house is packed with outdated calendars, toys, hideous lamps, and other miscellany. Edward's friends try to get him to pare down and come outside ("Come out of that stuffy house!" says his friend Marguerite, a cat) to no avail. The story unfolds clearly through Palatini's (Hogg, Hogg, & Hog) wordplay and economical storytelling, while Jones (Always in Trouble) adds plenty of humorous details to keep readers poring over the minutiae: one box contains "sneakers and fish heads"; a shelf groans under the weight of bowling balls, a safe, and a fridge; and Edward even has a box of tangled yo-yos stored away. It's not until a passing truck causes a stuffquake, trapping Edward inside and necessitating a rescue, that he has a change of heart. Not many children need convincing that playing with friends is better than gazing lovingly at one's possessions, but for those who do, this is a lighthearted nudge in the right direction. Ages 4-7. (Sept.)
School Library Journal Starred Review
PreS-Gr 2&12; Young Edward, a rabbit, is a bit of a hoarder. He is obsessed with his stuff, and can't seem to stop collecting it, even when it drives away his two best friends. One day a large truck causes so much vibration that he becomes buried under an avalanche of his treasures. Although unharmed, Edward is trapped along with many of his possessions. He soon tires of them and longs for his friends. Responding to his cries for help, Anthony and Marguerite burrow through the mess and free Edward, who emerges with an epiphany: there is more to life than stuff. With the help of his friends, he gives everything away. Unencumbered, he once again has the time to play with them, which is really the "best STUFF of all." The message is a bit heavy-handed and might have done better to promote a healthy balance between material possessions and friendship. Few children would like to be put in the position of having to choose between one or the other. The bright cartoon illustrations are quite appealing, and there's a lot going on in the pages. The characters' faces are expressive and will help clue in young readers.&12; Debbie Lewis, Alachua County Library District, FL
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Word Count: 527
Reading Level: 2.4
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 147912 / grade: Lower Grades

Edward loves his Stuff more than anything . . .

. . . until he gets buried beneath it.

Edward has a lot of Stuff—too much Stuff. Soon the Stuff takes over his house. But will Edward agree to part with his Stuff before it’s too late?

Stuff is Margie Palatini and Noah Z. Jones’s hilarious story about the stuff that counts and the stuff that’s just, well, . . . Stuff.

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