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Gaspard on vacation
Gutman, Anne.
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First Borzoi Books edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 20 cm
While on vacation with his family in Venice, Gaspard gets tired of visiting museums, so he takes off by himself for a boating adventure on the canals.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 48099.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Gaspard on Vacationis one of two titles launching the Misadventures of Gaspard and Lisa series. While on vacation, Gaspard escapes from his family's endless visits to museums and embarks on his own exciting adventure. He finds a little red kayak--the perfect fit--and takes off to explore the canals of Venice, until an unfortunate run-in with a gondola stops him!

Author Notes

This husband-and-wife team lives in Paris, France. Anne Gutman published her first book, How to Get Rid of Your Little Brother , in 1980. Georg Hallensleben is the illustrator of Baboon, Spider Spider , and And If the Moon Could Talk , winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, all written by Kate Banks. In 1999, he wrote and illustrated Pauline .

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Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. A preschooler's exciting travel adventure is at the center of these two small, square books, originally published in France. The simple words and expressive, bright acrylic paintings tell the stories from the child's viewpoint in a way that's fresh and funny. Gaspard and his black rabbit family go on vacation to Venice, and he's thrilled. But guess what they do from morning to night? They visit "museums, museums, and more museums." He sneaks away, jumps in a real kayak, races through the canals, overturns a family in a gondola, is found by the police, and, in time-honored style, his parents are so happy to see him, they all celebrate together. Hallensleben's dramatic paintings of the Venice setting add splendor and beauty to the escapade that expresses every kid's fantasy when dragging along with adults. Lisa is a small white rabbit traveling alone on an airplane for the first time. Again, the child's viewpoint adds just the right detail to the story: the impatient adult passenger in the next seat; the exact particulars of what's on the food tray; the movie the child can't quite see. She spills her juice, but the kindly steward reassures her, cleans up, and takes Lisa into the dazzling cockpit with all its knobs and lights. After that high point, the book ends with the arrival in New York, where Lisa meets her uncle and calls her parents. Each book is a delight and celebrates the brave young voyager who discovers a huge world. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-This tale of a dog family vacationing in Venice is slight. Young Gaspard tires of museums, initiates an escape among the canals in a kayak, and just when he is feeling a bit afraid, is rescued by a police boat. The canines then head off for spaghetti. A bit of action (a gondola/kayak crash) and understated humor add interest. Most intriguing are the waterways that serve as streets and the thick layering of paint that captures the shimmering water and the effect of the reflected light on the buildings. The use of full-bleed double spreads, as well as three or six panels per page, varies the pace. Best viewed in an intimate setting, this small book is likely to find some fans.-Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.