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In a starred review Publishers Weekly raves: "It’s an avant-garde, surrealist story with a Hollywood-style tearjerker lurking within—and a surprisingly charming and affecting one at that."Award-winning poet Matthea Harvey and illustrator extraordinaire Giselle Potter team up to create an indescribably unique picture book about wanting to be normal, then coming to appreciatIn a starred review Publishers Weekly raves: "It’s an avant-garde, surrealist story with a Hollywood-style tearjerker lurking within—and a surprisingly charming and affecting one at that."Award-winning poet Matthea Harvey and illustrator extraordinaire Giselle Potter team up to create an indescribably unique picture book about wanting to be normal, then coming to appreciate being different. Ruby would love to be like everyone else—not easy when you have a tiara-wearing mother and a father who spends his time trimming outrageous topiary. She'd also like to get a nice normal pet, maybe a dog. Then, on a family vacation to Norway, she finds herself adopted by a small, affectionate glacier. How Cecil, as the ice pet is named, proves himself to Ruby—risking his own meltdown—is a story sure to thrill and delight young readers....

Title : Cecil the Pet Glacier
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ISBN : 9780375967733
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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Cecil the Pet Glacier Reviews

  • karen
    2019-04-28 20:13

    i love matthea harvey. i was so excited to see she had a book i had never heard of, i didn't even care that is was a picture book instead of another shiny book of poetry. she manages to make even books for little people as enchanting and eerie as her adult work.this is a story of a little girl who just wants to be normal, but is saddled with two eccentric parents: her father designs topiary animals, and her mother makes tiaras. they drink milk-and-cokes, play ping-pong on airplanes, and take exotic vacations. poor kid, right? but ruby just wants to play with her identical jennifer dolls, in their matching brown dresses. she wants to have real friends. but her parents' public tango-ing make them, and by association, ruby, objects of playground derision. on vacation in norway, which her parents misunderstood her to say when she actually said "no way" to a topiary tour of china, she voices the wish for a pet. like a dog. her parents keep trying to push the idea of pet jellyfish, or a retired flea circus, but ruby just wants a normal, regular, pet, sheesh.unfortunately, when they are snowmobiling through the tundra, a baby glacier takes a shine to ruby, and follows her home. at first, ruby is resentful - here is just one more thing to set her apart from normal kids. she tries to ignore the glacier, cecil, but he is a persistent and very winning glacier, and eventually, ruby will come to understand that "different" is not something to fear, and that sometimes love is unconventional.i also love the artwork by giselle is the perfect accompaniment to matthea harvey's quirky prose, and those dolls kinda creep me out.very charming, and has a lot of grown-up appeal. maybe even more than kiddiwinx-appeal. and now i want a pet glacier, please...

  • Manybooks
    2019-04-28 21:38

    While text-wise Matthea Harvey's Cecil the Pet Glacier has proven to be both entertaining and readable, as an older adult reader, I do find the author's presented narrative too heavy and thick with overt messages and preachiness, not in any way enough for me to not enjoy reading about Ruby and how she is adopted by a glacier named Cecil, but enough for me to feel rather sermonised for much if not most of the story (although I do love the quirkiness of the characters, from Ruby's rather hippie-like parents to their young daughter who is just the total opposite and simply wants a standard and "normal" lifestyle and vacation time, not to mention Cecil, a sentient baby glacier who latches onto Ruby and finally manages to win her heart by saving one of her precious Jennifer dolls during a raging rainstorm that nearly causes poor Cecil to melt). However, although I have not loved but still quite enjoyed Matthea Harvey's printed words, Giselle Potter's accompanying illustrations for Cecil the Pet Glacier I have sadly and unfortunately pretty much visually despised. Now truth be told, I have in fact never been all that much a fan of Giselle Potter's illustrative style especially with regard to how she renders young girls (as their facial features often do tend to look wrinkled, old and sometimes even rather crone-like) and with this in mind, Ruby in particular, reminds me more of an old lady than a youngster especially if I look at her mouth and eyes, but what has really made me aesthetically cringe regarding the illustrations for Cecil the Pet Glacier is the sad fact that Cecil the glacier does not really look to my eyes even remotely like a piece of ice, like a glacier, but more like a blob of creamy white excrement (and sorry for being so crass, but every time I look at how Cecil is depicted, I tend to visualise a mass of white poo, not particularly pleasant on an aesthetic level and this is why for me, Cecil the Pet Glacier only ranks as two stars at best, as visually, how Giselle Potter has imagined and illustrated Cecil leaves just about everything to be desired).

  • John
    2019-05-07 22:20

    This might be the most eccentric picture book I have ever read. I need to share it with students. I'll report back.

  • babyhippoface
    2019-04-21 20:22

    This book is weird. That's the only way I know to say it. And the main reason is the illustrations. I mean, the story is weird, absolutely, but it's fun in a quirky sort of way. Ruby's mom is a tiara designer? Cool. And there are some really funny lines, as well. But these illustrations...ick. They are not attractive (at least, not to me). I really don't like them at all. That glacier? Looks like a pile of bleached poo. Nasty. I just don't like 'em.But here's the thing: Mo Willems could have pulled this story off. Replace the illustrations here with some of Mo's work, and right off the bat, you understand the weirdness. You get it. The illustrations here don't hint at humor, so it just feels awkward instead of funny. Let's do this thing again, and kindly ask Potter to step aside as illustrator and give Mo a shot. Then I'll buy it, and have kids learn about glaciers while I'm at it. But not without Mo. (Okay, Lane Smith and Adam Rex probably have the right stuff to make it work, too. But that's where I draw the glacial line.)

  • Westfordys
    2019-05-12 19:33

    Well, the story, in of itself, was very creepy, solemn, unappealing, and just plain weird. Harvey’s story is about a so-called “normal,” very lonely girl named Ruby Small. Ruby is forced to go on vacation to Norway with her overly eccentric and negligent parents. While setting out on vacation, Ruby mentions to her parents that she would love to have a pet; specifically, she would like a pet dog. Instead, she comes home from her vacation with an unwanted, stalker-ish glacier named Cecil who aims to be her pet and friend. In the end, Cecil, becomes loved by all as it rescues one of Ruby’s three creepy dolls, otherwise known as “The Three Jennifers” who are all dressed identically to Ruby herself, from being washed away. Incidentally, I gave Harvey’s Cecil the Pet Glacier to two of my co-workers for their feedback and both responded that the book left them feeling out of sorts and irritated. I tend to agree with their assessment.

  • Megan
    2019-05-01 00:24

    Yes, yes YES! If I authored a picture book...this would be it. Odd, unique, silly, sarcastic full of strange details that make it work. LOVED it. Who wouldn't? You've got your standard family...creepy daughter carries around 3 identical-to-her dolls named "The Three Jennifers," mom is a tiara designer and dad hacks hedges until they look like anteaters! Perfection! Throw in a tour guide named Sven, a rather stalker-esque small frozen chunk of Scandanavian ice that needs groomed each evening (darn gum and other road debris), and you have a one-of-a-kind tale. Awesomeness.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-04-23 21:30

    The care and feeding of a pet glacier. Yes, a pet glacier. Whimsically surreal.

  • Bethany
    2019-04-28 22:21

    I pulled this randomly from the shelves at the library to put on the display bit at the top of the children's shelves. I was intrigued by the cover... I didn't even register that the blue thing next to the girl was a glacier (hence the book's title); I was way too distracted by the slight eeriness of the girl on the cover holding three dolls who looked exactly like her.It was still on the display a couple days later, so in a quiet moment I (of course) read it. I don't know whether I'm relieved or disappointed that the book didn't end up being about Ruby and her dolls, heh. Either way, the quirkiness and sincerity of this story really appealed to me. Also it was super fun to retell later on to my family.

  • Arminzerella
    2019-05-15 02:11

    Ruby thinks her parents are bizarre - her dad creates topiary (animal-shaped trees and shrubs) and her mother makes tiaras. And while they revel in their differences, Ruby winces with embarrassment. When Ruby asks if she may have a pet, her parents respond enthusiastically - but their suggestions are not at all what Ruby has in mind. Later, on vacation in Norway, Ruby is adopted by a tiny glacier that wants nothing more than to be hers. Her parents find Cecil the glacier charming and carefully pack him into a cooler to bring him home. Ruby ignores Cecil as best she can, allowing her mother and father to care for him. But when one of her beloved Jennifers (she has 3 dolls - all called Jennifer) is left out in the rain, it is Cecil who rescues her, and Ruby is beyond grateful. Having a glacier as a pet is not such a bad thing after all.This story is seriously strange, but I rather liked it. It's hard to say if it will be a hit with its intended audience (the Very Young?). It may take a certain warped sense of humor to appreciate it. Excerpt: "When we get back, do you think I could get a pet?""Why, darling, of course!" said Mrs. Small. "I've always thought a tank of moon medusas, those glow-in-the-dark-jellyfish, would be beautiful in the living room. We could eat TV dinners in front of them."

  • Amy
    2019-05-17 01:13

    I know this book is great, because it actually made me want a pet glacier! Ruby is a very ordinary little girl, and is embarrassed by her flamboyant parents: Her father is a topiary artist, and her mother is a tiara designer. Never ones to follow the status quo, Ruby’s parents decide that their family will vacation in Norway. One of the attractions they visit is a huge glacier called Cecilsmater, which happens to be shedding little baby glaciers. Already mortified by her kooky parents, Ruby can’t believe her bad luck when one of the baby glaciers starts following her around. The little guy – dubbed “Cecil” – tags along all the way home, and continues to follow Ruby. She has a sour attitude towards him, until Cecil saves one of her beloved dolls and proves his worth. From then on, Ruby realizes that Cecil is as loyal and lovable as any dog.I LOVE this book! I love how Cecil eats pebbles, and how he eats by gliding over his food. I love the part when Ruby’s mom has to groom Cecil’s bottom, because he picks up junk as he’s gliding around. He doesn’t have eyes or a face or anything, but I just fell in love with the little guy! This is one of the most original stories I’ve read in a while, and I recommend that you read it, too! Until next week…happy reading!

  • Jenny
    2019-05-10 23:36

    Ruby just wants to be normal. But this is a challenge with unusual parents like hers...her dad makes topiaries and her mom makes (and wears) tiaras. They waltz in the yard. Things go from bad to worse when they take a family vacation to Finland and Ruby gets a unwanted pet glacier that follows her home (she was hoping for a dog.) Her parents take good care of the glacier, but she wants nothing to do with it. Until one day there is a bad storm and one of her dolls (the three Jennifers) gets lost outside in the storm. Finally, Ruby sees that soemtimes it is good to be different. I liked this, but did not love it. But I'm not quite sure why I didn't like it more.

  • Grace
    2019-05-09 02:36

    I read this while at the Half-Price Bookstore.I don't really like the way the glacier is drawn though.Especially on the cover, I wonder if someone glancing at it would get the wrong idea.I think the glacier should have been drawn more angular, instead of looking, well, like ice excrement.On the cover illustration especially I would think this is a story of a girl who poops ice.Silly, I know, but so is this book.

  • Maria Burel
    2019-04-24 19:18

    I’ve become quite attracted to these quirky, off-beat picture books. Ruby Small, a normal girl, and her not-so-normal parents drive the motion of this story, complemented by a glacier whose personality is so like that of a loyal puppy that you forget that it’s really, well… a big hunk of ice. I was appreciative of the artwork, though not my personal style. Really unique book.

  • Sherry Schwabacher
    2019-05-12 01:18

    Charming story of a girl whose parents are different (and embarassing!). On a vacation to Norway she finds herself the owner of a very different pet. Her acceptance of her pet's love finally shows her that it is okay to be different. Giselle Potter's illustrations are perfectly matched with the tone of Harvey's prose.

  • Benji Martin
    2019-05-01 00:20

    This book is delightful. A glacier follows a girl home, after her family's trip to Norway. Perfect for a 2nd or a 3rd grade storytime. The kids loved it. It was a little tricky to read out loud in some places, but the 2nd time I read it when I took my time was much better.

  • Walter
    2019-05-09 02:10

    Almost unbearably strange, this amazing feat of whimsy by writer Harvey is accompanied by pitch-perfect illustrations by Potter. If you can't stand Maira Kalman, then you'll likely hate this one. I love them both!!!

  • Lin Lin
    2019-05-17 19:32

    Love this book! My son read it several times when he first read it!

  • Kay Smith
    2019-05-19 00:22

    Adorable children's book, beautifully illustrated and writ. Loved this light, little tale of appreciation & friendship.

  • Laura Harrison
    2019-04-21 22:36

    Probably one of the wierder ideas for a picture book but it totally works!

  • Jennifer Strong
    2019-05-13 19:34

    In this quirky picture book a little girl desperately wants a normal pet, like a dog. But she gets an iceberg named Cecil instead. Though she initially tries to reject him, he eventually wins her over with his loyalty and thoughtfulness.•The story is a bit odd...okay, a lot odd. The main thought I came away with is that it's okay to have a bit of whimsy in your life. Sometimes the things you get, even when unwanted, turn out to be the best things.

  • Jenni Frencham
    2019-05-09 22:10

    Found this book on the shelf in my library. I was intrigued by the title and not disappointed by the story. Unfortunately, the story is too long to use for storytime, but this is a funny and unusual picture book, perfect for one-on-one sharing.

  • Anna
    2019-05-03 02:32

    What a wild ride.

  • Wendelle So
    2019-05-10 23:40

    not for me. weird in an unnerving way, compliments of art resembling edward gorey's that made the story + the three dolls + the forced-jolly parents seem to be hiding something sinister

  • Kristine
    2019-05-01 00:13

    Odd but somewhat endearing.Possible minilesson for theme

  • bookme4life
    2019-04-21 21:28

    Weird fun

  • Sasha
    2019-05-12 23:28

    I chose this as part of an assignment for my children's lit class: read a real book and an ebook to some children, rope them in from the streets in necessary! The six-year-old twins and their eight-year-old sister who were passing by in my neighborhood were easily bribed with leftover snicker-doodle cupcakes from the best Friendsgiving of all time, despite the melting frosting. Maybe the mess was part of the appeal, who knows. So we read the story of Cecil, a baby glacier who attaches himself to Ruby, a girl who just wants to be left alone by the weird things her parents keep introducing into her life and be normal. A dog would be a much better companion to her 3 identical dolls than a leaky pebble-eating glacier. But (SPOILERS!) his loyalty wins her over and Ruby learns that it's okay to be a little strange sometimes. Awwww. I picked this one obviously because the title is amazing and I love green, and when I pulled it up on my GR app at the library, I remembered that karen is also a fan, so I was convinced and didn't pick up any other books. Good thing the kids liked it! They thought that the glacier creaking when happy was hysterical and went around making their own toys creak afterwards, which was adorable. Then things quickly devolved into toy-chucking chaos and then resulting somehow in the six-year-old boy twin asking to kiss me, so we wrapped it up rather immediately after. My essay natch got a 100% score so what I'm trying to say is that if you listen to karen, Queen of Goodreads, and read her favorite picture books to children, you will acquire many admirers and A's. Also, there are 15 different tiaras in the book - I know because we counted, loudly. You're welcome, world.

  • Robert Beveridge
    2019-04-28 03:24

    Matthea Harvey, Cecil the Pet Glacier (Schwarz and Wade, 2012)I am a heap big fan of Matthea Harvey's poetry, so when I found out she'd written childrens' books, I immediately hit my library's website and put one on hold. And I was... surprised. It's a lot more, for want of a better word, traditional than I expected it to be. Well, aside from the fact that Ruby's would-be pet is a chunk of ice. But that fits in well with her family (trust me on this), and allows Harvey to slip in a bit o' learnin' here and there about a subject that doesn't normally get much play in the average pre-lit story. (The story line actually put me in mind of Emily Jenkins' wunnerful-wunnerful Sugar Would Not Eat It more than once; I'm sure this link was strengthened by the fact that the equally wunnerful-wunnerful Giselle Potter illustrated both books, and between the two of them she's found herself a lifelong fan.) For kids—and parents—who are fond of things that are a little off, or more than a little off, this book is going to be pure balm for the soul, and when the kids are older enough (for I have little doubt this one will hang around much longer than the usual pre-lit book in the family reading list) to start thinking about books in terms of authors, and asking you “hey, what else is out there by Matthea Harvey?”, you've got yourself a perfect way to say “here, let me read you a poem from a book called Pity the Bathtub in Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form.” *** ½

  • Caryn Caldwell
    2019-05-09 20:19

    All Ruby wants is a normal childhood with normal friends and a normal pet - like a dog. But with her quirky parents tangoing across their front lawn, playing miniature ping pong games on airplanes, and eating their breakfast upside down, a normal life is hard to come by. Instead, Ruby spends countless hours playing with her identical dolls, The Three Jennifers. But on a trip to Norway, Ruby reluctantly ends up with a very strange pet, and it's not the nice, normal dog she wanted. It's a little glacier who follows her around - even to school - and needs to be fed pebbles on a daily basis. Ruby ignores the glacier, wishing he would go away, but when he risks his life in an act of kindness on her behalf, she's forced to reevaluate what she wants in a pet.Like Ruby's parents, this picture book is far from ordinary. The author and illustrator clearly took great care in adding lots of bizarre little details to round out the characters, from the crocodile shaved in Ruby's topiary-loving dad's beard, to the glacier's refusal to eat gray pebbles. While the details are fun, and the illustrations are vibrant, it is difficult to believe that a girl who has wanted to be normal her entire life would suddenly embrace oddity. Still, it's a fun story with a sweet ending. Note: Despite being a picture book, this is not a quick read as there is a lot of text on each page.

  • Melanie
    2019-04-30 01:37

    Ruby Small is a normal girl with incredibly eccentric parents. Her mother makes lavish tiaras for a living and her father is a topiary gardener. When her father decides it's time for a vacation and suggests China, ruby says "no way" but her father hears Norway and decides it's perfect!While on the plane to Norway Ruby asks her parents if she can have a pet. They suggest fleas and glowing fish. Ruby was thinking more of a dog. When they arrive in Norway, there first adventure is seeing the famous Cecilmater glacier. It's "calving" the day the visit. Meaning that it's creating baby glaciers. One little glacier falls off and makes his way toward Ruby. Interesting...Ruby finds herself being followed around by this glacier. The tour guide instructs her to name it Cecil and her parents insist on packing it into an ice chest and shipping it home. Ruby will have nothing to do with Cecil. Her mother learns to feed and groom it.The poor little glacier sadly follows Ruby everywhere and she continues to ignore it. But one day when a freak storm hits and Ruby is forced to leave one of her beloved Jennifer dolls out in the rain, Cecil melts himself almost completely in the rain to be able to save the doll for her. From that point on Cecil is a Ruby favorite!

  • Maddypictures
    2019-04-27 20:37

    Bizarre, fascinating, strange. This book - about a girl so desperate for a pet, who is saddled with a mini-glacier. This is so decidedly odd, I wondered if this was a foreign translation! Nope. It's American. Ruby Small likes to think of herself as an aggressively normal kid.It's not her fault that her father is a topiary artist, and her mother is a tiara designer. Relatively flat watercolor illustrations depict a straight-faced family amidst some pretty zany ideas with tongue-in-cheek humor. When Cecil the Glacier appears to imprint on a reluctant Ruby, her first words are, "Oh, no... Please no." I loved the way Ruby's father calls her by the pet name "hedgeling." Poor little Cecil has a lot of personality for a bob of ice. He's devastated when Ruby is picked on at school, "Cecil shed a tear... from the area where his eyes would have been if he'd had eyes, which he didn't." Ruby comes around after Cecil saves one of her three dolls, all named Jennifer. The story ends with a promise of Ruby starting to embrace her inner weirdness.