Somewhere Else

By: Gus Gordon

George Laurent isn't like most birds—he hates to travel. That is until his friends stop by and show him that there is a whole world out there.

ISBN: 9781626723498

JLG Release: Feb 2018


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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Book List*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

A flightless bird gets a chance to see the world in this gentle picture book. “George Laurent wasn’t like most birds.” While his feathered compatriots travel the world, flying north and south, taking the bus, even booking vacations through a travel agency, George appears content to stay home and bake pastries. Then one lonely wint A flightless bird gets a chance to see the world in this gentle picture book. “George Laurent wasn’t like most birds.” While his feathered compatriots travel the world, flying north and south, taking the bus, even booking vacations through a travel agency, George appears content to stay home and bake pastries. Then one lonely winter, Pascal Lombard, a bespectacled bear, arrives looking for a warm place to stay. He quickly sees through George’s excuses—George would actually like to travel, but never learned to fly. Fortunately, Pascal has “an uncanny knack for solving problems” (not really), and is “remarkably good with his hands” (also false). Failing to teach George to fly, the two friends build a hot-air balloon instead and take off for all the places George has missed. The world is much bigger than they ever imagined, but home is where the pie is, so they head back for pastry and plan their future adventures. Gordon’s narrative feels longer than necessary, and could benefit from stronger threads tying the story together. Neither a friendship saga nor simply a tale of leaving home to see the world, in the end, it’s a blend in need of definition. Fortunately, charming watercolor, pencil, and crayon drawings complemented by vintage cut-paper images elevate the text, providing an old-fashioned sensibility and a childlike simplicity. VERDICT While unlikely to bring young audiences back for multiple readings, this is a sweet story and a solid additional purchase for larger collections.—Chelsea Couillard-Smith, Hennepin County Library, MN

Horn Book

Admitting one’s insecurities and weaknesses is tough, especially for George Laurent, a duck and a consummate baker. While other birds fly away, or even take bus tours arranged by avian travel agents, George stays home. Why? He has a deep, dark secret: he can’t fly. Rather than admit his failure, George puts forth a pile of excuses for n Admitting one’s insecurities and weaknesses is tough, especially for George Laurent, a duck and a consummate baker. While other birds fly away, or even take bus tours arranged by avian travel agents, George stays home. Why? He has a deep, dark secret: he can’t fly. Rather than admit his failure, George puts forth a pile of excuses for not going anywhere. Finally, his ursine friend Pascal unearths the truth and decides that flying lessons are in order. But even with his self-proclaimed “uncanny knack for solving tricky problems,” Pascal can’t teach George to fly. Looks like once a stay-at-home duck, always a stay-at-home duck. That is, until the two happen upon the existence of the hot-air balloon, and Pascal discloses that he’s “remarkably good with his hands. . . . We can build it!” The inspired illustrations—composed of watercolor, crayon, pencil, and paper collage—not only pace the (rather lengthy) text, particularly with the step-by-step flying lessons and the litany of absurd excuses, but they give George (in his natty tweed flat cap, and reading Life of Pie) and Pascal (in his jaunty red scarf ) personality. They also set the cozy scenes of home and the spectacular vistas of “somewhere else.” betty carter

Book Details

ISBN

9781626723498

First Release

February 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

10" x 10"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.4; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level AD550L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Roaring Brook

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

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