Gaspard and Lisa's Christmas Surprise

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It's almost the holidays and Gaspard and Lisa need to find a present for their teacher. Gaspard is full of ideas, but none of them seems quite right. Luckily, Lisa comes up with a clever idea just in time. With the help of some glue and a plastic shower curtain, Gaspard and Lisa manage to surprise their teacher--and themselves--with the perfect Christmas gift.

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Overview

It's almost the holidays and Gaspard and Lisa need to find a present for their teacher. Gaspard is full of ideas, but none of them seems quite right. Luckily, Lisa comes up with a clever idea just in time. With the help of some glue and a plastic shower curtain, Gaspard and Lisa manage to surprise their teacher--and themselves--with the perfect Christmas gift.

Gaspard and Lisa run into problems when they make a Christmas gift for their teacher.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The irresistible canine heroes of the paper-over-board Misadventures of Gaspard and Lisa series set out to make a gift for their teacher in Gaspard and Lisa's Christmas Surprise by Anne Gutman, illus. by Georg Hallensleben. As the two attempt to fashion a raincoat from a red shower curtain and Krazy Glue, it's hard to say which is funnier, the sight of the dogs in Hallensleben's zippy acrylics or Gutman's deadpan text. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
In this further chapter of "The Misadventures of Gaspard and Lisa," the charming canine duo, Lisa tells of their difficulty in deciding on a Christmas present for their teacher. Remembering that Mrs. Dupont frequently gets wet riding her bike to school in the rain, they decide to make her a raincoat using what they have in the house. The inventive pair drag down the shower curtain and drape it around Gaspard as a model. They use Crazy Glue to put it together; unfortunately then he can't get out so they must cut it off. Then they try to dye it so that Gaspard's parents won't recognize the shower curtain. It shrinks in the drier, but fortunately it is just the right size for her dog Pierre, making it "the best present of all" for Mrs. Dupont. Readers can't help but laugh at the busy pair, while youngsters will relate to the experiences in the simply told tale in hand-size format. Let's hope they don't try to duplicate the creation! Boldly painted so that the brushstrokes provide animated surfaces, the characters and context have immediate appeal despite the lack of detail. The "dogs" wear mufflers and manage the skills they need to do the job. 2002 (orig. 1999), Borzoi Book/Alfred A. Knopf/Random House,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K-A droll entry in an appealing series about two young dogs. Gaspard and Lisa decide to give their teacher a raincoat for Christmas, and the shower curtain at Gaspard's house seems to be just what they need to make it. After accidentally gluing it onto him, then attempting to dye it yellow, the pair's efforts result in something unexpected but wonderful-a raincoat for Mrs. Dupont's dog. The handsomely composed oil paintings lend an unpretentious, childlike quality to this French import.-S. P. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449810132
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,396,763
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

ANNE GUTMAN is the writer and designer of the Misadventures of Gaspard and Lisa series. Her husband, GEORG HALLENSLEBEN, the illustrator of the series, is also the illustrator of the award-winning picture books and If the Moon Could Talk and The Night Worker, both written by Kate Banks.  The couple lives in Paris with their daughter.

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