Write a Review Wednesday: I Don’t Like Gloria

Say it Rah-shay By Apr 19, 2012 No Comments

I Don’t Like Gloria by Kaye Umansky, illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1–Here’s another look at the age-old predicament of feeling supplanted by an unwelcome newcomer to the household. Calvin, a small dog, is perfectly happy being the only animal in the house until, out of the blue (Nobody asked me), a cat named Gloria moves in. Feeling ignored and unsure of his status, Calvin states fervently, I don’t like Gloria. The family pays more attention to the newly adopted feline than to the familiar pup, which upsets Calvin’s comfortable routine. The animals remain adversaries until the two learn they share a common feeling when yet another pet is brought home, displacing them both. The digitally colored pencil illustrations, in aqua, pink, and yellow with flashes of red, have a ’50s appearance. There is not much action in the pictures but, with plenty of facial expressions, meaning is freely communicated. The type on the spreads is large and will appeal to beginning readers. A humorous look at a familiar situation.–Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI 
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Calvin the dog’s world is rocked when Gloria, the cat, is brought home home by his owners. Gloria is eating out his bowl, taking over the house and yard and no one is paying Calvin any attention! Will the two ever put  aside their differences and become friends?

For anyone who experiences the addition of a new family member, I Don’t Like Gloria is the perfect way to give them a voice. The text is simple enough for children to read over and over and parents will enjoy sharing this book with their children. The illustrations are wonderful; Calvin’s increasing frustration with Gloria is brilliantly captured and the pictures extend the simple text.

Below I share the book with you. If you like what you’ve seen, please check out Gloria at your local library.

Thank you to Abbe for her video and editing.

Please note, *I* like the Glorias in my life.


I am mom, daughter, sister, yarn lover, word lover, crazy cat lady and library chick. Find me with book or with hook and a hot cuppa.

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