hello! hello! by Matthew Cordell

hello! hello!

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. There are so many things to say hello to! Hello rocks! Hello leaves! Hello...

Details hello! hello!

Titlehello! hello!
Release DateOct 30th, 2012
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Family, Science, Technology, Environment, Nature, Language, Communication, Fiction, Storytime, Animals, Juvenile

Reviews hello! hello!

  • Matt
    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
    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 t...
  • Abigail
    A young girl attempts to get her family's attention in this picture-book from author/artist Matthew Cordell, only to find that everyone is too absorbed in their electronic devices to pay her any attention. She wanders out into the real world, where her "hellos" to various flora and fauna result in a wild, exultant horseback ride. Returning home, she presents little tokens to her family-members, wooing them out into the world as well...I enjoyed h...
  • Donalyn
    Lydia breaks free from cell phones and gadgets, discovering the freedom of her imagination. Simple, but poignant story. This would pair nicely with Blackout.
  • midnightfaerie
    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.
  • babyhippoface
    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 h...
  • Holly Mueller
    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.
  • Guilherme Semionato
    Moratorium NOW on preachy picture books about the cold digital tech world.
  • Angelica
    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 n...
  • Danica Midlil
    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 f...
  • Nancy
    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.
  • Cheryl
    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.
  • Leona
    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.
  • Susan
    So if I put my phone down, can I ride a whale?!
  • Hannah-Grace Freeman
    This is a fiction children's book with minimal words. It tells the story of a little girl who wants to play with her family, but they are all too busy on their technology to even give her the time of day. It isn't until she goes outside that she is able to say "hello" to the world around her! She eventually brings her family outdoors, and they are able to say hello too!This book was super powerful for having minimal words. It emphasizes the impor...
  • Gretchen
    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 lik...
  • Steve Holden
    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 ...
  • 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 bac...
  • Olivia Slykhuis
    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 und...
  • Annie Bates
    This is an almost wordless book, but it clearly gets the picture across. Lydia is frustrated with her family on their devices, so she goes outside and finds that nature will say hello back to her. Then when her parents worry about where she is, she comes home, takes their devices, and shows them how wonderful it is to be outside.This book is gorgeous, and very well done. It would be a great conversation starter with a class of kids about our devi...
  • Jessica
    A great book to read to students and parents as a reminder to put your screens down and live in our real world. Tech draws us in to be very self centered and not live in the here and now. This book shows what can happen when you do.I notice this happening all over in all countries. I always wonder where and what it is leading to. If you don't join them, you are left out..... Is that a good thing or bad?
  • Lynn Davidson
    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.
  • Stephanie Crowther
    This story’s all in the pictures. A girl finds happiness in exploring the world around her, saying hello to every little thing. She is able to encourage her family to set down their beeping, buzzing gadgets and gizmos to enjoy nature with her. This book would be useful to share a message about putting away electronic devices from time to time.
  • Beth Pofahl
    I quickly gave this book 5 stars primarily because of the subject matter--I want children and parents to spend more time looking at each other and the world around them (and not screens). Though I love my little screens, I think how sad it must be for small children to have parents spend more time looking at their phones than their beautiful children who will grow up so fast.
  • Phyllis
    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.
  • Leslie
    Timely story about what you’ll discover when you look up from all those screens!
  • Gwen Ayler
    It's time to put down the phone and say hello to the world!
  • Yair Martinez
    It's very funny
  • Seema Rao
    A little girl says hello to parents on the phone and a host of imaginary animals.