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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's; New edition edition (6 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689861400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689861406
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane is a regular contributor to poetry anthologies for children and is the author of numerous delightful picture books, including Smoky Dragons and Tusk Trouble. She spent many happy years in the Netherlands with her husband Martin, working as a library assistant at an International School. Now Jane, her two sons and her two Labradors are starting a new life in the UK, taking Martin with them in their hearts. Charles Fuge made his debut in children's publishing in 1989 with Bushvark's First Day Out, which won both the Macmillan Prize and the Mother Goose Award. Since then he has illustrated more than thirty picture books, including Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball, which was highly commended by the judges of the 2001 Kate Greenaway Medal. Charles is an accomplished bass guitarist and also takes a keen interest in wildlife and conservation issues. He lives in London.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ELH Browning VINE VOICE on 4 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
Gilbert is best friends with Raymond and then one day Raymond is gone and Gilbert sad. It's a simple story with friendly clear pictures which will strike a chord for many small children who lose a friend for one reason or another. There's a lot of wisdom in this book beyond the obvious "There are plenty more fish in the sea" and there's also nuggets of wry humour scattered throughout. I particularly like Gilbert and his Mum's trip to the Wreck for a treat although they don't usually eat junk food. At the end Gilbert makes a new friend, Rita, and although he'll never forget Raymond he's happy again. Perfect! If you like this, try The Lonely Wasp by Churchill and the same illustrator.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beverley Johnson on 2 Nov. 2006
Format: Paperback
In this gentle book, Gilbert the Great White Shark loses his best friend, Raymond the Remora. Children will identify with Gilbert's pain and, if they have lost a best friend too, will find the story's happy ending helpful and encouraging. Although the story deals with a serious subject, there is wit and humour in both text and pictures. My son, Robin, particularly liked the jokes in the text, eg: "It's my fault Raymond's gone," Gilbert snapped as they passed an eel. "Last week I called him a sucker!" The illustrations are beautiful, complement the text well and have plenty of variety. Robin enjoyed looking for little details in the pictures. He describes the book as "excellent".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helen Rawlins on 24 Mar. 2010
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My 3 yr old fell in love with this book and asks me to read it again and again. It's got a sad theme of loss (Gilbert wakes up and his best friend has 'gone') in it which is dealt with well and some good jokes/puns for older kids. I like the illustrations too. It's also encouraged my daughter to love sharks which is no bad thing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alexa b on 30 Oct. 2006
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Gilbert the Great is a great book. When I first read it I loved it and I read it quite a lot. What I really liked about it was that when Gilbert lost Raymond he was sad but then at the end he found Dafinnie. There were good pictures and I could read it on my own so the writing was quite good. For a six year old I enjoyed reading Gilbert the Great because it was quite easy to read and they had good characters. It was a really fun story and there were lots of different characters with good names.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Addy Farmer on 29 Oct. 2006
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This is a sensitive and unsentimental look at loss. It is a simple story told easily and accessibly; the wonderful illustrations are coupled with perfectly pitched words. This is a book for any child who has ever lost a friend and any adult who is ever lost for words.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fly Leaf on 8 May 2012
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The Gilbert books are quite quirky - but I like that. My 3 year old grandson loves them. I think I know this one off by heart now! It's an excellent book!
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