Gustave

Gustave

by Rémy Simard, Pierre Pratt
     
 

Une petit souris a perdu son ami parce qu'un chat l'a mangé. Elle ne pourra plus jouer avec lui. Comment le dire à sa maman? Elle avait pourtant prévenu qu'il y avait un chat. Elle avait bien dit de jouer près de la maison et de ne pas trop s'éloigner...  See more details below

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Une petit souris a perdu son ami parce qu'un chat l'a mangé. Elle ne pourra plus jouer avec lui. Comment le dire à sa maman? Elle avait pourtant prévenu qu'il y avait un chat. Elle avait bien dit de jouer près de la maison et de ne pas trop s'éloigner...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/11/2014
“Gustave won’t play with me anymore. He won’t tell me goodnight. He won’t look at me anymore.” A mouse with pink ears and an oversize nose sits huddled in the shadow of a building. “The cat ate him.” Is Gustave the mouse’s brother? His friend? The cat’s eyes are shown in sharp close-up, moist and gleaming. “He looked at Gustave, and then he looked at me.” Gustave and the mouse telling the story embrace as they look up at the cat in terror. Gustave looks just like the narrator, with one exception: Gustave’s eyes are unblinking—he’s a stuffed toy. “I couldn’t go back home. Not without Gustave.” The mouse returns at last as his mother is making dinner; she holds him while he cries, then leads him to a closet, where she’s been keeping a spare stuffed mouse just his size. Some readers, taking a longer view, will find Simard’s (Hocus Pocus Takes the Train) parody of a child’s sense of crisis downright funny. Others, identifying with Gustave’s owner, may find the story too wrenching to finish. Ages 4–7. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"Uncompromisingly honest . . . Strikingly illustrated in a painterly style reminiscent of Whistler's nights capes." — Kirkus Reviews

"No artificial sweeteners here: the fear is real, but so is Mommy’s ability to make things better . . . at least for now." — BookDragon

"Some readers, taking a longer view, will find Simard’s parody of a child’s sense of crisis downright funny." — Publishers Weekly

“He’s gone.
Gustave won’t play with me anymore. He won’t tell me goodnight. He won’t look at me anymore.
The cat ate him.”
— from the book

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Our young mouse narrator begins his story with the lament, “He’s gone.” His best friend Gustave will no longer be there to play with him or wish him goodnight. The cat, a black shadow across the double page, has eaten him. While the friends were playing, the cat suddenly appeared. And Gustave distracted the cat long enough for the mouse to escape. The mouse has cried all day, feeling that he could not go home without Gustave. His mother has told him not to play far from home, but he has not listened. Finally he goes home alone and sadly tells his mother. She comforts him and helps him recover. The story not only has a lesson; it may also help youngsters deal with the death of a friend. The India ink and gouache illustrations, simplified abstracted renderings of the appealing anthropomorphic mice, were assembled digitally. The dark, dull colors of the backgrounds reflect the mouse’s feelings. They are melodramatic, but have a touch of humor at the end. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz; Ages 4 to 7.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-20
Greater love hath no mouse…. Simard and Pratt tell in an uncompromisingly honest style the tale of a mouse whose best friend, Gustave, is eaten by a cat, apparently sacrificing himself to save the narrator and allow him to escape. Once the terrified mouse is sure Gustave is gone, he wanders alone through a bleak urban landscape, dreading going home to his mother without his dearest friend. Finally, he returns to the mousehole. Mother is making dinner. She has already guessed what happened and has a plan to make her son feel better. She pulls out a life-size stuffed mouse, identical to Gustave in every feature, which she just happens to have on hand. The mouse declares, "You will never be Gustave," but he decides quickly that the lifelike toy will be an acceptable substitute, and in his imagination, it can come alive. Strikingly illustrated in a painterly style reminiscent of Whistler's nightscapes, with sparse, hand-printed text, the book is clearly aiming to make an impression. Textured acrylic washes and figures heavily outlined in black give the book a gloomy, threatening air. For all the beauty of its artwork, the tone of this book is surprisingly somber for a children's book, and readers may find it hard to discern a positive message. Share this book with children who have a high level of tolerance for ambiguity—and be ready to discuss. (Picture book. 4-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9782924342138
Publisher:
Les Éditions de La Pastèque
Publication date:
09/09/2013
Series:
Pamplemousse , #1
Sold by:
De Marque
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
61
File size:
17 MB
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Meet the Author

Rémy Simard est né au siècle dernier à Roberval. Nul en mathématique et en français, il décide de faire des petits dessins. Depuis, il raconte des histoires qui prennent la forme d’albums, de romans jeunesse et de bandes dessinées. Aujourd’hui, Rémy fait des siestes l’après-midi, nourrit ses chats et continue de dessiner et d’écrire de chouettes histoires pour petits et grands.
Pierre Pratt est né en 1962 à Montréal. Après des études collégiales en arts graphiques au Collège Ahuntsic, il commence sa carrière en faisant de la bande dessinée pour les magazines Titanic et Croc. Puis, il réalise des illustrations pour divers magazines québécois, des affiches et de la publicité. Il oeuvre dans le domaine de l’édition depuis 1985, égayant de ses couleurs vives, grasses et exubérantes albums et romans plaisant autant aux jeunes qu’à leurs parents. Pierre Pratt a remporté plusieurs prix au cours de sa carrière, dont celui du Gouverneur Général du Canada à trois reprises.

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