Gooseberry Park

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A terrible ice storm sends the residents of Gooseberry Park scrambling. Kona, the chocolate Labrador, is determined to find his good friend Stumpy the squirrel, whose babies are all alone. "Readers will relish every moment of this impeccably paced fantasy".--"Publishers Weekly", starred review. An IRA Teacher's Choice.

When a storm separates Stumpy the squirrel from her newborn babies, her animal friends come to the rescue.

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Overview

A terrible ice storm sends the residents of Gooseberry Park scrambling. Kona, the chocolate Labrador, is determined to find his good friend Stumpy the squirrel, whose babies are all alone. "Readers will relish every moment of this impeccably paced fantasy".--"Publishers Weekly", starred review. An IRA Teacher's Choice.

When a storm separates Stumpy the squirrel from her newborn babies, her animal friends come to the rescue.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An assortment of domesticated pets and untamed creatures band together to help a friend in need in the Newbery Medalist's rollicking animal tale. At the center is Stumpy, a squirrel who gives birth to triplets shortly before her nest in Gooseberry Park is destroyed by an ice storm. Thanks to the ingenuity of Gwendolyn, a Labrador owned by a retired professor; Kona, a wise old hermit crab; and a prankster bat named Murray, Stumpy's babies are rescued and taken to cozy quarters in the professor's basement. The problem? Having left the newborns under the care of Murray, Stumpy has wandered off for help and cannot be found. The adventures of Gwendolyn, Kona and Murray as they nurture the baby squirrels, raid the professor's cupboards and eventually devise a scheme to reunite Stumpy with her brood add up to first-rate entertainment. Readers will relish every moment of this impeccably paced fantasy and its winning depictions of the unique perspectives and quandaries of four unlikely companions. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Karen Williams
Gooseberry Park is home to Stumpy the squirrel and Murray the media-minded bat. Stumpy's best friend Kona (named after his master's favorite coffee) visits the park as often as his master permits. Kona waits with anticipation along with Stumpy's friends as Stumpy prepares her nest. She will soon have children. When the happy day arrives, news travels fast. But soon a storm threatens life in the park and Stumpy's cozy home. The storm brings out the best in some and the worst in others. With the events that follow, readers will find joy and sorrow, fear and adventure, and worry and anticipation. The writing is quick-paced and effective. Rylant uses an economy of words without sacrificing quality in this winsome story that old and young alike will enjoy.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Kona, an earnest Labrador retriever; Gwendolyn, a wise hermit crab who has been reincarnated 17 times; Murray, a loopy, Chinese leftover-eating bat; and Stumpy, a squirrel, come together during a terrible ice storm in Gooseberry Park to save Stumpy's three babies. Rylant's spare prose results in a trim tale. She does a beautiful job of creating the players, deftly drawing personalities. Murray, in particular, with his occasional snide remarks, is charming. From the humor, especially the wordplay and sarcasm, the book appears to be intended for the older elementary-school crowd, though the annoyingly smug tone of the omniscient narrator, particularly in the first chapter, might put them off. The plot holds together well, even though the oblivion of Kona's absent-minded master, Professor Albert, stretches it a trifle thin. If readers can get past the first few chapters, they will find a story they will want to finish. Howard's appealing black-and-white cartoons appear throughout.-Patricia A. Dollisch, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA
Ilene Cooper
Rylant's latest gets off to a slow start: an introduction to the nesting instinct in humans and squirrels--squirrels because Stumpy the squirrel is having babies and needs to find a place for them all to live. The story doesn't really pick up until a vicious ice storm blows in, forcing Stumpy out of her pin oak in Gooseberry Park. Stumpy disappears, leaving her friends Kona the chocolate Labrador retriever and Murray the bat, assisted by Gwendolyn the hermit crab, to find Stumpy's babies and care for them until Stumpy can be found. The book is surprisingly uneven. The animals are personable enough, although in a stock-character sort of way, but the babies get no role at all, and, of course, Stumpy is missing for half the book. As for the story itself, Rylant seems to be rushing through it. Not a first selection, but considering the author's reputation, many libraries will want to have it on hand.
From the Publisher
"First-rate entertainment. Readers will relish every moment of this impeccably paced fantasy and its winning depictions of the unique perspectives and quandaries of four unlikely companions."—Publishers Weekly, starred review "Sophisticated and funny . . . A tender tale delivered by a sure hand."—Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606155540
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

CYNTHIA RYLANT is the acclaimed author of more than a hundred books for young people, and her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
ARTHUR HOWARD is the illustrator of the Mr. Putter & Tabby series by Cynthia Rylant and the Bubba and Beau series by Kathi Appelt. He has also written and illustrated five picture books of his own. He lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2010

    Good book

    People should read Gooseberry Park because it is a funny and joyful book. It is funny because Murray is always being comical.It is also funny because Murray asked Stumpy to go out for chinese in the middle of the night. The book is joyful because it is a very entertaining book.The book is also joyful because Stumpy, Murray, Kona and Qwendolyn always help each other and they are friends. Gooseberry Park is sad because Kona gets hurt and Stumpy gets lost. I think people should read Gooseberry Park.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2010

    Awesome Book

    Gooseberry Park is fast paced because it gets to the point fast.It is also laughable because there is a bat named Muray is crazy.And it is adventureous because Kona a dog goes to the park in a ice storm.
    I think you should read this book because it is a mix of felings like its funny and sad in one book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2010

    awesome adventure

    Gooseberry Park is hilarious because theres a bat who makes everybody miserable called murry.

    Gooseberry Park is emotional because when stumpy finds her babies it was a happy moment.

    Gooseberry Park is adventures because when kona goes into the storm to find stumpy and the babies.

    I suggest you should read the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2010

    It has great action!

    Gooseberry park is hilarious because there is a bat who does crazy things. he makes people miserable.

    Gooseberry park is sad because there was a squirrel named stumpy who lost her 3 little babies.

    Gooseberry park is happy because when the squirrel named stumpy found her babies they ended up with a happy ending.

    I think you should read Gooseberry par because its a great adventurous book.

    I think you should read gooseberry park because there is a chapter called a very big risk and a very big risk means there is some serious action.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2010

    Great reads

    There are a lot of laughable parts in Gooseberry Park.You can read it and then meet Murry,he is very crazy he's basically the main person.Right when you open up Gooseberry Park and start reading it , it goes by very quickly.There are a lot of happy parts that you may get tears in your eyes. It's that good!I think you should read it because it will sink you in and make you want to read it more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Great book

    This is a great book for an early reader or as a read aloud. Cutes characters and plot! Reading Tutor

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2010

    OK book

    Gooseberry Park was funny because Murray asked stumpy to go out to a Chinese dumpster in the middle of the night.

    Gooseberry Park was emotional because when Stumpy had Top, Bottom,and Sparrow tears come to Stumpy's eyes.

    Gooseberry Park was sad because when Kona gets to Stumpy's tree it has fallen over and Stumpy wasn't there. Kona took that long journey for nothing, but at least Murray and the babies were at Gooseberry Park.

    I think you should read Gooseberry Park if you like adventure and friendship books. I don't think you should read Gooseberry Park if you don't like animal stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2010

    turly amazing

    Goosebeery Park was touching becuse Stummpy had her babbies!In Goosebeery Park Murray was funny asking Stummpy if she wanted to go out for chinnse at 3:00 in the morrning!When Kona got hurt on his way to Goosebeery Park to save Stummpy and her babbies it was sad becuse Kona risked his life. You should read it I loved it and you will to!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2010

    awesome book

    It is very funny because there is a bat named Murry and she asked
    a swirl if she wanted food at 3 in the morning.
    It is also very adventures because there is a dog named Kona
    who went in a blizzard to see if a friend was okay
    It was a little sad because on konas journey to gooseberry park
    he gets hurt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2010

    Good Book

    I think gooseberry Park was adventurous because Kona tried to find Stumpy in the ice storm.

    I think the book was laughable because the bat made everyone mad but him happy like when Murray was browsing the pantry and said oreos lima beans...OREOS!

    I thought the book needed a little more detail because it got to the point to fast.I thought Cynthia Rylant could have spead the book out a little more.


    I think you should read it because its very laughable and adventourous!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2010

    Good book

    Gooseberry park a comical book.In gooseberry park,there is a bat who stupid things.He also makes everyone irritated.

    Gooseberry park is a emotional book because Kona goes out to save his friend in a snow storm.There's a squirrel who leaves her kids with a stupid bat.

    Gooseberry park is a adventurous book.In gooseberry park Kona goes out to find his best friend.The same dog goes out to find his best friend again.

    I think you should read this book because there are comical,emotional,adventurous parts...and more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2010

    Quick Read

    Gooseberry Park has adventure,there is a dog that will risk it all for a friend.There are funny parts to the story too ,but thinking is involved,for example a bat is in a human's house watching Jeopardy!This story has emotional parts too for example a lost friend is fond. I think someone who loves dogs,would risk it all for a friend would love this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2010

    awesome book

    Gooseberry park is hilarious because theirs a bat how drives everyone crazy.

    Gooseberry park is emotional because theirs a mother squirrel who had children.

    Gooseberry park is adventurous because the squirrel goes everywhere trying to friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2010

    A Good Book

    Murry is hilarious because he smashed into a tree.Gooseberry park is sad because baby squirrels might die.Gooseberry park is Happy because a squirrel named Stumpy has babies.You should read Gooseberry park because it has a lot of funny parts in it.

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

    nice book 4 dudes

    If you like animals that talk you will like Gooseberry Park. It is about three friends named Stumpy (a squirrel), Kona (a dog) and Murray (a bat).

    Gooseberry Park has been attacked by an ice storm. Stumpy and her baby's tree falls to the ground. Kona attempts a rescue mission to find Stumpy. Kona does not find Stumpy. He finds a bat named Murray who has the babies. Will Kona find stumpy before it is too late?

    I recommend this book to people who are not afraid of ice storms. I liked it because it was so exciting in the middle.-sam

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2006

    Warm, Sensitive

    This is a wonderfully sensitive story about about a chocolate Lab named Kona who rescues a family of squirrels after an ice storm destroys their home. Murray,a wise-cracking bat,infuses humor into the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2006

    IT IS A FUNNY BOOK !!

    You should read Gooseberry Park because it is an exciting animal adventure book. Gooseberry Park is about a dog, a squirrel, and a bat. They are friends. The squirrel has a watch and someone or something takes it. Oh and there is a hermit crab too. She is funny, but really all of the characters are funny. Go to your library or some place else that you can get a book and buy this book. Gooseberry Park is a great book for kids in 3rd grade and up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2005

    Awesome

    I absolutely loved this book! It's fiction which is great because that's the only thing i read. Itt's mainly about animals. I love squirrels. Stumpy is a cute name! The story, plot, characters, it's all great! I loved it. You should definetly consider it. Squirrels are so cute!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2002

    SQUIRRELS ROCK!

    This was a wonderful book. I can't even count how many times I've read it. It is sweet, funny, and it made me cry! (That's a good thing!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2000

    Enspiring kids book!!!!

    This was a very inspiring book about tales of friendship and loss, recamended for all ages!!!!

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