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No Matter What Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-19 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 104 user ratings
ISBN:0152020616
LANGUAGE:English

"Small.. Large as character names? No, the author came off right away as having no originality. When I read this book to my child I said "Mama" in place of Large. The message gets distorted otherwise.

I choose to read this book in hopes it would help with separation anxiety my two year old has. It was recommended to toddlers ages 2 and up. As a child development graduate at Oregon State University, I have spent many hours studying child's brain development. With my credentials out of the way, a 2 year old will have a very very difficult time grasping what this book's message is.

Three and Four year old's would have a better shot at trying to figure out that the parent aka Large ( dumb dumb dumb), loves the child no matter what. I do not recommend this for toddlers, I do recommend this for preschoolers and older.

I am not a huge fan of this book to say the least. I will be fair and say that, I do think that the message is cute and sentimental. Just marketed to the wrong age group.
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" Lovely story and art. I especially like that both foxes are gender-neutral, so it can be easily used for any configuration of parent and child! " said.

" It's about love and acceptance ... no matter what. Ant the baby wolf asks his mum if she will love him even when she is dead and she answers that she will love him mo matter what. A touching story. Loved every bit of it. " said.

"Small Fox feels like he is not loved and so he asks his mum about his worries. “But if I turned into a bug, would you still love me and give me a hug?” His mum reassures him that she loves him no matter what.

The book helps to show parental love. The author explains to children that mummy loves you no matter what.

This book is fantastic for story time especially where there is a child with some worries. It is also great for free choice for the children to read by themselves. I think it is ideal for age 5-7.

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"A great book to help reassure anxious or insecure children that their parents love is unconditional and no matter what, they will always be loved and cared for.
I would recommend this book for use within a Reception or KS1 classroom as it would be a great tool to help vulnerable children who may be suffering with anxiety to feel more calm and secure in their environment and within themselves. It may also be great just to remind children of how important they are.
Also, this book includes the issue of death and the possible death of a parent and this is something that any child would struggle with immensely and so it is great that there are books such as this one to remind children and help them with such difficult concepts and scenarios.
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"I love this book. I bought as an Easter gift for my 1 year old as he's not a massive fan of chocolate but he loves books.

The story is a conversation between Large (a mummy/daddy/guardian fox) and Small (the child). Neither character is sexed so it could be any parent and child relationship which I think is very universal. I do voices for the characters when I read this - Small has a little squeaky voice and Large a gentle calm voice. My son finds this funny and checks it is me doing the voices. Their conversation is Small questioning Large's love and Large reassuring Small that "No matter what" Large will always love Small.

My son loves the beautiful pictures. They are bright and beautifully drawn and each page has a lot of detail. The last page has embossed silver stars that shimmer.

He often picks this book for his bedtime story. It's a lovely story to read before bed to make a young child feel safe and no that no matter what their large will love them.
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"This is a beautiful and heart -warming story about the importance and conditions of love. It is about a young fox called Small who is worried that his family could eventually stop loving him. He shows his fears and frustrations by banging and making a racket until his understanding mother asks him what the problem is. Small explains to his mother Large that he is afraid that love can ‘run out’. She explains that she will love him ‘no matter what’. Small questions this by suggesting a number of conditions to test her love such as would Large still love him if he was a bear or a crocodile etc. The wonderful illustrations help bring the message to life that no matter our differences we are still loved and that love will never die. The underlying message is also related to bereavement and whether love can continue after death. A reference to how stars still shine when they die is a lovely way to deal with this issue in a child friendly way. The story uses simple language and is portrayed in a gentle rhythmic way. This story would be a good resource to explain bereavement and could be used in KYS1 for the subjects of PSHE or RE. " said.

"Picture books that are reassuring can help soothe a child, help them know that they are loved–or should be loved. I think they can have great benefit. No Matter What by Debi Gliori is one of those books.


My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars


“I’m grim and grumpy,” said little Small,
“and I don’t think you love me at all.”
“Oh Small,” said Large, “grumpy or not,
I’ll always love you, no matter what.”
“If I were a grumpy grizzly bear,
would you still love me?
Would you still care?
“Of course,” said Large. “Bear or not,
I’d always love you, no matter what.”

–No Matter What by Debi Gliori, p. 5-8.


We all need to know that we’re loved and cherished, and to know that we’re unconditionally loved. This is especially important for young children, who, at a certain age, can’t hear it enough. No Matter What helps reassure the reader that they will be loved, no matter how they feel or act. This 2008 edition is a chubby board book, one where the pages will withstand a lot of use.

The little fox in this book starts out feeling grumpy when her/his parent is on the phone, ignoring her/him, and this sets the stage for the little fox to ask for reassurance and to find out that she/he will be loved, no matter what. Gliori’s (The Snow Lambs, Pure Dead Magic) rhyming text is sweet and reassuring; the parent fox always has a loving, reassuring answer to give the child. The first two examples are easy to see why a child might feel they need reassurance that they’ll still be loved–feeling awful and/or acting out when feeling grumpy or angry (grim and grumpy, and grumpy and grizzly bear). The next two examples were not as immediately clear to me, and didn’t feel as strongly written. After some thought, I realized that “squishy bug” and the child worrying if they’ll still get a hug might mean if the child was feeling unlovable–but I wish that connection were stronger. Still, a child needing reassurance that they will still be loved is a universal need.

One section stopped me short while reading, since it felt un-childlike, and in a different tone than the rest of the book, almost formal: “But does love wear out? Does it break or bend? Can you fix it or patch it? Does it mend?” I would have preferred the text to flow more easily. Still, all the answers are reassuring, and answer questions that many children may not even be able to express–such as knowing that the parent will still love the child, even if they are away from them.



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