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hello! hello!

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,081 Ratings  ·  178 Reviews
Outside the world is bright and colorful, but Lydia's family is too busy with their gadgets to notice. She says Hello to everyone. Hello? Hello! Her father says hello while texting, her mother says hello while working on her laptop and her brother doesn't say hello at all. The T.V shouts Hello! But she doesn't want to watch any shows. Lydia, now restless, ventures outside. ...more
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Disney-Hyperion (first published September 18th 2012)
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Quinsheeda It's adorable! Without many at all it shows us the importance of getting out from in front of the screens and enjoying nature. The whale flying…moreIt's adorable! Without many at all it shows us the importance of getting out from in front of the screens and enjoying nature. The whale flying through the sky is also hilarious.(less)

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Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Can children's books offer social commentary? Cordell offers some up herein and Neo picked it up as soon as we closed the back cover.
Jim Erekson
Feb 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks, comedy
So, the message of balance this book tries to teach is smarmy and preachy. BUT, the exaggeration through the middle of the book was hilarious, and made me think Cordell didn't take himself too seriously. I laughed out loud when the girl's frolic through the ubernatural world suddenly turned to meeting a soul-mate horse and riding bareback o'er the plains! And things just escalated from there (the gorilla was enough, but then another page beyond that goes even further!). I still can't give it a 4 ...more
Lydia breaks free from cell phones and gadgets, discovering the freedom of her imagination. Simple, but poignant story. This would pair nicely with Blackout.
Nov 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Wonderful book about leaving the technical world behind and immersing yourself in nature and your own imagination. A great lesson and an easy read, all my children enjoyed this one.
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lydia, like nearly all of us at some time or another--usually when our phone battery is dead--would like a little personal interaction, but the members of her family cannot look up from their computer screens, cell phones, or electronic tablets long enough to talk to her.

With a sigh, she heads outdoors to see if there's anything out there worth her attention. Indeed, she finds a whole world out there, one that everyone else is missing.

Not sure how kids will like this but there's something about
So excited to receive a signed copy in the mail from Mr. Schu! This book is so cute and funny, but poignant at the same time. We need to put down our technology (ironic, I know, since I'm posting this after checking Twitter and Facebook) and pay attention to the world. Gotta love the spunky little girl headlining this story. Good companion to Blackout by John Rocco.
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Zap, Beep, Pow, Game Over, Loading, Loading, Loading, No Signal. In this story a little girl tries to find ways to amuse herself with technology such as playing video games and watching tv. But it look likes what she really craves is the attention from her family but mom is to busy working, dad is to busy on his cell phone and her brother is busy playing video games. So she decides to go outside and explore. What she finds is she doesn't really need technology to peak her imagination. She discov ...more
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Danica Midlil
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
What I learned from this book:
If you give up your electronic devices, you will meet a magical horse who will let you ride her. Then in Noah's Ark like fashion, one of every kind of animal will run in a parade with you (or in the case of fish, fly), but don't let your cell phone ring because that will ruin everything. Luckily, you secretly know that all your dad actually wants to do is ride a flying whale instead of doing his work, so all can be forgiven.
Dec 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
I wanted to love this -- and did -- more and more, with each leafy hello and through the glorious stampede of animal hellos. Heavens I love the illustrations. But my love screeched to a halt at the exact moment she got her call and winced with it. Then this became a preachy finger shake at all of us. Little girl don't touch my phone.
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
after being ignored by her tech-distracted family, little girl finds connection with nature. when her family notices she's gone, she runs home and is able to show them what they've been missing by staring at screens all the time. very sweet story, evocative pics, and timely as hell.
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I must be missing something - isn't this preaching to the converted? Or is it a guide to help the imaginative reader reach the rest of the family? Either way, it's a bit too heavy-handed for me to recommend.
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
So if I put my phone down, can I ride a whale?!
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classroom-use
What I found so wonderful about this book is that it shares an issue about technology that I don't think our kids even realize. In fourth grade they think that technology is everything, and honestly, it limits their imaginations for writing. They simply take things that they already know from video games and rehash it into a story. Now, I encourage my students to use texts as mentor texts and copy things they like, try it on for size, but I'd like them to look beyond what they see literally, or ...more
Steve Holden
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I like the concept and lesson behind this one. A family is taught by a child to release their hold on all of the gadgets and technology to discover new things to be done together. I do worry about the reliance of all of us put on technology, and wonder how families balance it in their households. I grew up before this craze and ease of so much into every household. My wife and I certainly have our own struggles with technology and trying to keep ourselves free of the dependent feeling technology ...more
Juliana Lee
Lydia is bored with her video game, but when she goes to see what her family is doing she sees that they are all to busy with their own technology to say hello to her. Lured by a leaf floating in the door, Lydia goes outside and says hello to nature. Everything is real until a horse says hello to her. Then she starts meeting other wild animals including a dinosaur who all say hello to her. Sucked into her imaginary world, Lydia is only called back by a phone call from home. Everyone was wonderin ...more
Olivia Slykhuis
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like this story. It's mostly told through illustrations and text formatting, which is cool. Lydia refuses the stilted communication of technology for the natural world, and guides her family there too. Very simple story, cool illustrations. Goes from black and white (technology) to brightly coloured (nature). Not sure what age I would use this for...the simplicity of the text and the good pictures work for little ones, but I think to really understand what's going on, they'd have to be 5+.
Lynn  Davidson
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Lydia is a little girl who is bored with all the tech stuff - tv, cell phone, computer, games - but her mom and dad and brother hardly communicate with her because of their busyness with them. She ventures outside and says hello to the wondrous things she finds in nature. Thoroughly enjoying that she comes home and urges her family to see what they're missing.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A wonderful reminder that technology isn't everything. It doesn't have leaves, or flowers, or a gazillion animals! As one girl discovers that technology has its place, her family is reminded that nature offers us so much more! Well done with fun, supportive illustrations.
Gwen Ayler
It's time to put down the phone and say hello to the world!
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Timely story about what you’ll discover when you look up from all those screens!
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eled340
Category: Picture books
It is important to put technology aside and make time for people.
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Super easy to read. It amazing what one little girl finds when she puts down her cell phone.
Seema Rao
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
A little girl says hello to parents on the phone and a host of imaginary animals.
Sheri Radford
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
A lovely picture book about taking the time to disconnect from screens and reconnect with family.
Richie Partington
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Richie's Picks: HELLO! HELLO! by Matthew Cordell, Disney Hyperion, October 2012, 52p., ISBN: 978-1-4231-5906-3

"It's nature's way of telling you to slow down
It's nature's way of telling you, look around
It's nature's way of receiving you
It's nature's way of retrieving you
It's nature's way of telling you something's wrong"
-- "Nature's Way" by the late Randy California

HELLO! HELLO! is the story of a young girl who learns that, as Joni Mitchell taught us a generation ago, we've got to get ourselves b
Engel Dreizehn
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good picture book and beautiful illustrations on...turn off the tech abit and say "hello"
Jan 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: family, picturebooks
hello! Hello! by Matthew Cordell follows a child seeking a way to communicate with parents and a brother who are busy with their electonic devices.

Cordell's illustrations were created with a bamboo pen and India ink, a bit of pencil, a Macintosh computer, a large format waterproof inkjet printer, and water color on paper. Images from inside the home are smaller and less colorful, while pictures outside are larger, far more colorful, and more fantastic. My favorite images are endpapers, leaf, bug
Lu Benke
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Almost a five star. The storyline is actually not that different from those that show a disgruntled middle child looking for someone in the family to pay attention to her or play with her. Only this time it is electronic devices that have fixated her family members' attention. Making this treatment of the storyline appealing to me were the layers of unpacking that were possible. The lines of the illustrations reminded me of Quentin Blake's ability to convey impudence with a few swoops of facial ...more
Jo Oehrlein
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
About being in the moment and looking beyond electronics to the world around us.
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Matthew Cordell is the acclaimed author and illustrator of the 2018 Caldecott winner Wolf in the Snow. He is also the author and illustrator of Trouble Gum and the illustrator of If the S in Moose Comes Loose, Toot Toot Zoom!, Mighty Casey, Righty and Lefty, and Toby and the Snowflakes, which was written by his wife. Matthew lives in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife, writer Julie Halpern, and ...more
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