Gilbert the Great

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Sterling Publishing Company, 2005 - English fiction - 32 pages
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Critically lauded bestselling artist Charles Fuge (My Dad; Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball; I Know a Rhino; Found You Little Wombat!; It's a Monster Party) returns with a new, beautifully illustrated picture book on a subject that every child can relate to: how it feels to have a good friend move away.

Almost every child knows what it's like to move or to have a friend move away. With his dazzling undersea pictures in vibrant colors and a text full of heart and wit, Charles Fuge captures that sad feeling perfectly--and offers plenty of comfort, too. Ever since Gilbert the Great White Shark was a tiny pup, Raymond the Remora stuck to him like glue. Them, one day, Gilbert wakes to find his friend has left town to live somewhere new. "It's my fault," the little shark wails. "Last week I called him a sucker!" Nothing can console Gilbert: not his mother, not the funny clownfish, not his kind friends at school. Then he meets Rita, a disconsolate remora who has lost her shark. "I'd love to stick around with you," she smiles, as sunlight dances in her eyes. And that is the start of a beautiful new friendship.
It's another Charles Fuge winner.

Praise for Charles Fuge's Picture Books:

I Know a Rhino:

"[A] vivid rhyming picture book. The scenarios are all bright fun, and the ending is particularly satisfying. This will be a nice read-aloud for young children."--Booklist

"Fuge's bright, warmhearted and silly illustrations fill each spread....The playful, rhythmic text and bold pictures make this a surefire storytime hit. "--School Library Journal

Sometimes I like to Curl Up in a Ball:

"Buoyant and darling, charming and fun. This simple picture book will keep kids hopping."--School Library Journal.

"Fuge relishes the opportunity to show each [character] striving for a highly idiosyncratic personal best."--Publishers Weekly.

It's a Monster Party

"Fuge's colorfully imaginative illustrations make these lonely creatures endearing."--School Library Journal

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

When his best friend Raymond moves away, Gilbert, a great white shark, is terribly sad. He can't stop thinking about him, and there's nothing anyone can do to help. "Go and play tide and seek with the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Thorpe-Bowker and Contributors - Books+Publishing

I have shark angst. I always swim within the red and yellow flags at the beach unless a sturdy shark net is in place and, while swimming, I often have imaginings of a great grey fin slicing through ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Jane Clarke has a true gift for storytelling, and her simple, rhythmic style is perfect for young readers. She has written many children's books, including picture books and beginner readers.

Charles Fuge made his picture book debut with BUSHVARK'S FIRST DAY OUT, which won both the Macmillan Prize and the Mother Goose Award. Since then he has illustrated more than thirty picture books, including SOMETIMES I LIKE TO CURL UP IN A BALL, which was highly commended by the judges of the 2001 Kate Greenaway Medal. He lives in Dorset.

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