In this Gaskitts story, Gus and Gloria have a lot of running to do, Mrs Gaskitt hardly ever gets out of bed and something dreadful happens to Horace! Also starring in the story are: a brainy rat named Randolph; a barking pram; and a considerable number of penguins.
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Allan Ahlberg is one of the most acclaimed and successful authors of children's books. His books for Walker include The Mysteries of Zigomar; Monkey Dol; Mockingbird; The Bravest Ever Bear; The Snail House; Treasure Hunt; and the first two books in the series about the Gaskitt family, The Man Who Wore All His Clothes and The Woman Who Won Things. Katharine McEwen is the illustrator of the two other titles in the Gaskitts series, as well as the picture book Cows in the Kitchen, several titles in the Walker Brand New Readers series; the Read Me series; four Sam's Science books and two non-fiction picture books by Meredith Hooper to be published later this year: Sticky Jam and Woolly Jumper.From School Library Journal:
Grade 2-3-The nutty but charming Gaskitt family is back, and this third installment is the best yet. The humorous incidents revolve around pet thefts, a mom who spends much of her time in bed, a teacher who falls out of the window trying to find the missing class rat, and a ridiculous substitute teacher. McEwen stays in step with the author with her dynamic watercolor-and-crayon illustrations on white backgrounds. Text and art flirt playfully with one another, often trading jobs. The book is loaded with fun elements such as timetables and aerial-view maps. There's more than a bit of slapstick, understated humor, third-grade-style sarcasm, and characters contradicting the author in thought bubbles. Specific references to popular culture are tossed off, as when the family cat, riding the city bus home after being abducted, daydreams that he's the lead in the movie The Incredible Journey. These elements put The Cat at the sophisticated end of its genre and the rich end of the literary-experience spectrum. It's a romp on a par with Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" books (Scholastic), but without the irreverence. It's also a school story featuring a substitute teacher to top Viola Swamp from Harry Allard's "Miss Nelson" books (Houghton). Children will love it.
Liza Graybill, Worcester Public Library, MA
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Descripción Walker Books Ltd, 2003. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0744596327