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Mr. Gumpy's Outing (Picture Puffin) Paperback – 30 Nov 1978
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One fine morning Mr. Gumpy decides it's a perfect day for an outing in his little boat. Apparently, plenty of others think so, too. First some children ask to join him, then a rabbit, a cat, a dog, a pig, a sheep ... Soon, Mr. Gumpy's boat is precariously full, and there's nowhere for anyone else to go--but overboard! This mild mariner takes everything in stride, though, and his guests are soon bellying up to a nice tea.
John Burningham earned the Kate Greenaway Medal, an ALA Notable Children's Book award, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Mr. Gumpy's Outing, and it's no wonder. This gifted and highly original author-illustrator creates a vision of glorious summer with deeply textured, sometimes only suggested, drawings. His tentatively questioning animals are ready to step right out of the pages and quietly join the delighted reader. And the simple, repetitive dialogue will lull the listener as long as it takes to reach the boat's maximum capacity. Even then, there's no big splash--just an understated, Burningham-esque "and into the water they fell." Young readers will never tire of this gentle, comforting storybook. (Ages 2 to 6) --Emilie Coulter
"A story of real drama observed with gentle humour" (Julia Eccleshare Guardian) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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I remember reading John Burningham's books as a child, and am delighted to find that they're still in print so that I can now share them with my daughter. Even though she is not quite two, she is already enjoying slightly longer stories, and 'Mr Gumpy's Outing' has been a great success with her. Burningham's drawings are gorgeous, and even though the text gets quite repetitive where each passenger is boarding the boat, Burningham does a great job of finding lots of different ways to say the same thing.
Although this book was originally published over forty years ago, it carries a timeless message about getting on with others which both old and young readers can ponder and appreciate.
This review refers to the paperback edition of 'Mr Gumpy's Outing' published in 2001 by Red Fox.
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Great book, great story, definitely recommend to for children 3 to 9 years...Read more
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