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Gaspard on Vacation
     

Gaspard on Vacation

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by Anne Gutman, Georg Hallensleben
 
Gaspard on Vacation is one of two titles launching the Misadventures of Gaspard and Lisa series. While on vacation, Gaspard escapes from his family's endless visits to museums and embarks on his own exciting adventure. He finds a little red kayak--the perfect fit--and takes off to explore the canals of Venice, until an unfortunate run-in with a gondola stops

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Gaspard on Vacation is one of two titles launching the Misadventures of Gaspard and Lisa series. While on vacation, Gaspard escapes from his family's endless visits to museums and embarks on his own exciting adventure. He finds a little red kayak--the perfect fit--and takes off to explore the canals of Venice, until an unfortunate run-in with a gondola stops him!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Gaspard's family vacation in Venice spins out an exciting story for youngsters. The "black dogs" are snappily outfitted in bright French cravats but boringly spend every day of their vacation in museums. Gaspard spies a red kayak just his size and speeds off through small and large canals. He has lots of fun exploring, but an accident with a big gondola causes all its passengers to spill out. Gaspard paddles off as fast as possible until he is exhausted. He hides behind a church door curtain as it gets dark. He gets a little scared, especially when the police boat with a big searchlight comes at him. The day ends with a happy reunion, however, and no retribution. There is a spaghetti dinner celebration and a promise from Dad that the whole family will go on a gondola ride the next day. The story is simple, honest and not moralistic. The oil paintings show charmingly detailed scenes of Venice, while the animal family has the trademark look of this illustrator. There are some Italian words thrown in for the adventurous reader. This is the first in a series of "The Misadventures of Gaspard and Lisa." 2001 (orig. 1999), Borzoi Books/Knopf, $9.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Carol Raker Collins
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This tale of a dog family vacationing in Venice is slight. Young Gaspard tires of museums, initiates an escape among the canals in a kayak, and just when he is feeling a bit afraid, is rescued by a police boat. The canines then head off for spaghetti. A bit of action (a gondola/kayak crash) and understated humor add interest. Most intriguing are the waterways that serve as streets and the thick layering of paint that captures the shimmering water and the effect of the reflected light on the buildings. The use of full-bleed double spreads, as well as three or six panels per page, varies the pace. Best viewed in an intimate setting, this small book is likely to find some fans.-Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Weary of museums, a young puppy escapes his family, slipping into a little red kayak to explore the canals of Venice on his own. As day wears on into night, Hallensleben (And If the Moon Could Talk, 1998, etc.) sends his errant little tourist gliding through impressionistically rendered Venetian scenes both recognizable and generic. Paddling hastily away from a disastrous encounter with a gondola, Gaspard ends up huddling in a church doorway ("I was a little bit scared")—until a police boat with his relieved (not angry) parents aboard pulls up to carry him off to a meal of"the best spaghetti in the world." Though perhaps not the most comforting pre-travel tale for parents, this companion to Lisa's Airplane Trip (see below) should provoke family discussions about common-sense vacation behavior, as well as the desirability of keeping itineraries child-friendly. Hand-lettered, but easily legible text. (Picture book. 4-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375811159
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/13/2001
Series:
Misadventures of Gaspard and Lisa Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.68(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

This husband-and-wife team lives in Paris, France. Anne Gutman published her first book, How to Get Rid of Your Little Brother, in 1980. Georg Hallensleben is the illustrator of Baboon, Spider Spider, and And If the Moon Could Talk, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, all written by Kate Banks. In 1999, he wrote and illustrated Pauline.

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Gaspard on Vacation 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gaspard wanted a good vacation in Venice. He took off on a kayak and went on the canals. He ran into a gondola and all the people in it fell into the water. Gaspard ran away, and the police with his parents later found him. Gaspard learned not run away from his parents. I like this book because you can learn a lesson.