July 5, 2012

Mr. Gumpy's Outing






My mom-in-law loaned me the classic, 'Mr. Gumpy's Outing' by John Burningham, to borrow for awhile. I've decided that it's the loveliest summer read for the preschool crowd.

I like books like this. ("What's this Melissa?") I'm so glad you asked. I have the greatest fun with the imaginary conversations I have with you all in my head, FYI.

Sweet.

Old fashionedy.

Stunning art.

And funniness. (Mr. Gumpy's hat falls off into the water! Tee hee.)

Also, there appears to be a scene where the animals and Mr. Gumpy are having some kind of tea party with an awesome looking cake. Does it have strawberries on top? Currants?

I think I want to have an outing like Mr. Gumpy's. Excluding the falling into water and including the tea party.

A perfect summer book.

7 comments:

  1. i happened upon this one by chance one day, love all the critters! Such fun, I agree books like this are wonderful :)

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    1. You know, I'm not the hugest fan of the litany of 'then the animal did this' type of book and you have to repeat all what the various animals did -- but this one is so darling and well done and visually arresting!

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  2. Melissa ~ King County Library has a pamphlet with 100 books kids should read before kindergarten (or something like that) and this book is on it. We've been working our way through it and have found some real gems in there that you might enjoy. Julia too! :)

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    1. Shannon! I have it. And I have only given it a passing glance, once or twice. I'm going to go sit down and with and give it further examination ~ Thanks so much for the reminder!

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  3. I still haven't checked this book out. I just finished the book Show Me A Story by Leonard Marcus, a collection of interviews with famous picture book illustrators. Both John Burningham and his wife (Helen Oxenbury!) are among those interviewed. I'm very familiar with her works, but less so with his. I think I know what to check the library for next!

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    1. that book sounds AMAZING Danzel!!!!!

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    2. I love Leonard Marcus. He's an excellent children's literature historian. This one is his latest. I was able to check it out at the library. Highly recommended!

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