Shy Guy

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Greg is very shy. When he tries to speak, his words jumble together and he turns bright red. Everyone makes fun of him. But when Greg chooses a goldfish for his birthday, he picks one that is as bashful as he is. Before long, Greg discovers that sharing his pleasure and pride in his fish helps him overcome his shyness. Soon he and his pet, aptly named Shy Guy, are the talk of the town-and they both love the attention! Pef's quirky illustrations fit perfectly with this humorous ...

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Greg is very shy. When he tries to speak, his words jumble together and he turns bright red. Everyone makes fun of him. But when Greg chooses a goldfish for his birthday, he picks one that is as bashful as he is. Before long, Greg discovers that sharing his pleasure and pride in his fish helps him overcome his shyness. Soon he and his pet, aptly named Shy Guy, are the talk of the town-and they both love the attention! Pef's quirky illustrations fit perfectly with this humorous story of a fishy friendship that conquers shyness.

Greg is painfully shy, turning red and stumbling over his words each time he tries to speak, until his new pet goldfish, Shy Guy, helps him to get his words unstuck.

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PreS-Gr 3-Greg is so shy that he hates anything red since it reminds him of the agony of blushing. When his parents let him get a goldfish, he surprises himself by choosing a red one, which he names Shy Guy. At first, silence prevails between the boy and his pet, but once the first words (Greg's) and bubbles (Shy Guy's) are expressed, the two are inseparable. Greg takes his friend on a tour of his room and house, and then ventures outside with him. Kids at the playground and at school take a shine to the fish, and Greg discovers that he has something worth talking about, overcoming his bashfulness to become confident and popular. Pef uses darker colors for the child's shy days and depicts large, toothy adults looming over him. By the end of the story, a happy Greg, fishbowl under his arm, is leading the crowd across a brightly colored spread. Humorous endpapers extend the story line. This title is well suited for collections needing additional books on self-esteem.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780735817104
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 11.62 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Gilles Tibo is one of Quebec's most prolific artists and authors. His children's books have won numerous awards, including the Governor General's Literary Award and the Owl Award from Japan, and the artwork from "Annabel Lee "was accepted into the Bologna Children's Book Fair Illustrators' Exhibition. He also represented Canada for the 1998 Hans Christian Andersen Award. Gilles Tibo lives in Montreal.

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