Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Gossie by Olivier Dunrea Children's Book Review

While my husband was deployed, he managed to find a bunch of children's books from a program that had left them there in Afghanistan. He was able to send me a huge box full of stuff. I assumed (incorrectly) that I was going to get a box full of beat up books no one had ever heard of. Really, there were some wonderful books in there - classics I already knew, a couple that we already had, and a few gems that I'd never heard of before but fell in love with!

One of those such gems was Gossie by Olivier Dunrea. Surprisingly, even my mom, who is an Elementary School Librarian (sorry mom, I mean, Library Media Specialist and Reading Specialist), hadn't heard of it. It was one of the very first books we read to baby G after he was born and I immediately looked up the author and his other books (which I rarely do).

Gossie: A Review

Gossie is about a little gosling named Gossie.  The version I have is a little board book, but I believe it also comes in hardback (at least, Amazon says it does).

Gossie is "a small yellow gosling who likes to wear bright red boots every day." The book chronicles her little adventures - where she likes to wear her red boots - when suddenly, she loses them! Spoiler alert! She finds them in the end. :)

The artwork is adorable - also by Dunrea. I would love to just have blow-ups of the pages to hang on my wall! It's not too busy but makes use of bright colors and high contrast which is great for little eyes.

Possibly my favorite page in the book! I like pigs. :)

Gossie is part of a series of books about a bunch of goslings. Some of the other titles include: Gossie and Friends, Gossie and Gertie, Gideon, Ollie, and more. Dunrea just released a new couple of goslings: Jasper and Joop (and on his site, he shows a sketch of two more: Gemma and Gus). Each gosling has a special characteristic. For example, Gossie wears red boots, Gideon has a stuffed octopus, and Jasper and Joop are clean and messy, respectively. I'm very excited to read the newest books in this little series for young readers - I have a few books now and would love to collect them all!

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