Gully's Travels

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"Tor Seidler writes in the great tradition of Kenneth Grahame, Walter R. Brooks, and E. B. White."-Michael Cart, Booklist
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Overview

"Tor Seidler writes in the great tradition of Kenneth Grahame, Walter R. Brooks, and E. B. White."-Michael Cart, Booklist
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Editorial Reviews

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MEAN MARGARET Pictures by Jon Agee Finalist for the National Book Award

“Tor Seidler writes in the great tradition of Kenneth Grahame, Walter R. Brooks, and E. B. White, creating worlds where friendship matters, animals talk, and little girls who listen–even ones as mean as Margaret–can learn a life-changing lot about loving-kindness.”–MICHAEL CART, Booklist

THE WAINSCOTT WEASEL Pictures by Fred Marcellino An ALA Notable Children's Book

“It's just possible that not since a spider named Charlotte saved a pig named Wilbur has there been a more tender tale of interspecies love and devotion. Tor Seidler infuses his text with warmth, subtlety, and humor.”–The New York Times Book Review

A RAT'S TALE Pictures by Fred Marcellino A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

“Like Charlotte's Web or The Wind in the Willows, Tor Seidler's delightful new book, A Rat's Tale, is suffused with humor, pathos, and moral beauty.”–The Washington Post Book World

Publishers Weekly

Gulliver, an affable but snobbish Lhasa apso, lives at a fashionable Manhattan address, enjoys opera and looks forward to yearly trips to Paris where he reconnects with Chloe, a Maltese with "eyes as black as raisins," while "his" professor enjoys a nightly tête-à-tête with the beautiful Madeline de Crecy, who is allergic to long-haired dogs. When Madeline accepts the professor's marriage proposal, Gulliver is dispatched to live at the doorman's "tasteless, overcrowded," no-frills apartment in Queens, with kids who treat "Gully" like an indestructible plaything. Gulliver, believing he's been kidnapped, cunningly retraces his steps, first to Manhattan, then to Paris. The real journey takes place in his heart, where he comes to understand that although "loyalty is the hallmark of a well-bred dog," his has been misplaced. Seidler (Mean Margaret) transfers human foibles to his animal characters in well-modulated comic prose, while Cole (Good Enough to Eat) creates expressive canines in fluid line drawings. A spirited animal fantasy for the chapter book set. All ages. (Sept.)

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Gr 4-7

Gulliver, a Lhasa apso, has a happy life with his master, Professor Rattigan, in a Manhattan apartment. His diet consists of his favorite flavor of canned dog food, he and his master travel to Paris every summer, and his walks around Washington Square are the perfect distance for his short legs. However, his life suffers a dramatic change when his master gets engaged to his French girlfriend, who is allergic to dogs. Gulliver, now Gully, moves to Queens and lives with the family of Carlos, the doorman at his previous building, where he is served dry food and shares a home with three other dogs, a talkative gerbil, and an eight-year-old girl. Gully can't understand why his professor has deserted him, so he travels on his own to Manhattan and to Paris, discovering along the way that a loving home means more to him than luxuries. Gully's travels, both literal and metaphoric, are presented in a realistic and dramatic fashion. The pup's interactions with the other pets he meets ring true, as does their limited understanding of their owners. This appealing tale features popular themes including adventure, dogs, and travel, and will grab readers' attention. Cole's sketches on nearly every page help to bring this diverse cast of characters to life.-Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WI

Kirkus Reviews
"The Real Pooches of NYC." Privileged professor's pup Gulliver (who sometimes endures the attentions of well-meaning riffraff who address him as "Gully") enjoys opera, Prime Premium dog food and his salmon-pink, turquoise-and-silver-studded collar. But when his owner shows a preference for a relationship of the human variety, Gully is sent to live in "shabby" Astoria, Queens, where he is treated like-well-a dog! The supercilious, lap-of-luxury Lhasa apso is devastated, but determined to escape. An unlikely and exhausting series of twists and turns doesn't end with Gulliver's dogicidal leap from the 59th Street Bridge, but with even more wild coincidence and a canine-interest story in the (sniff!) Daily News. Seidler's tale is rife with the risk his characters often undertake in search of honest affection and their rightful places in life. The dog, the professor and Gulliver's rescuer all come away with altered appreciations and aspirations. Cole's remarkable pen-and-ink sketches evoke the work of French impressionists and add dimension, wit and wry humor to this far-fetched doggy tail-uh-tale. (Fantasy. 8-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545025065
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,431,667
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

TOR SEIDLER’s novels include MEAN MARGARET, a Finalist for the National Book Award; THE WAINSCOTT WEASEL, an ALA Notable Children’s Book; and A RAT'S TALE, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.

BROCK COLE’s novels include THE GOATS, CELINE, and THE FACTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES, a Finalist for the National Book Award. His picture books include BUTTONS, a Boston Globe / Horn Book Award Honor Book.

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