Monday, June 21, 2010

Gumption

Nigel, Uncle Nigel. He's adventurous and tells excellent stories. He's English, in that conquer-Africa-smoke-a-pipe type of way. He takes his nephew on a safari looking for the elusive mountain gorilla. When the nephew complains about scary alligators and wild elephants Nigel poo-poo's it and informs him to have a bit of gumption. However, Nigel is a bit clueless to all the very real dangers and adventures his little sidekick is having.



There is great humor and wit in this book, and it is an excellent out loud read.

Elise Broach is fast becoming my favorite children's author. She is creative and original. And she write young adult novels. I think I might have to try some of those out next. Anyone have any recommendations?

Last year my son was given When Dinosaurs Came with Everything. I loved it and still do. It is both entertaining for children and adults. I could relate to the frazzled mother as she went on her errands and her son kept receiving a dinosaur with everything: hair cut, doctors, theater treat...

And her solution to the problem was brilliant. That story's mother is my hero.

3 comments:

Diana (Ladybug Limited) said...

OK, I didn't know she had picture books, nor had I come across Desert Crossing! But I love-love-love both Masterpiece and Shakespeare's Secret-- posted about them last summer here: http://holesinmyshinyveneer.blogspot.com/2009/06/book-bags-june-25.html

Bruce said...

Wahoo! My present made your book list! I knew I liked it...and hoped your son would...it's cool to know you do too!

Rebekah said...

I will have to check that out Diana.