Somewhere Else

Somewhere Else

George has no interest in exploring the world. He is far too busy at home baking fine pastries. Or so he tells everyone when they invite him along on their wonderful adventures. But when his friend Pascal digs a little deeper, the real reason George will not leave home is finally revealed....

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Title:Somewhere Else
Author:Gus Gordon
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Somewhere Else Reviews

  • Dimity Powell

    A simple story about a duck with a secret failing who goes to great lengths to avoid admitting it to himself or his friends until Pascal's kindness and patience gently draws it from him, told intricately so that this picture book becomes a visual feast. Beguiling characters and consuming artwork allows this Gus Gordon's latest offering to truly take readers, somewhere else. Top marks.

  • RhiannaH

    A lovely book that illustrates how help from our friends can encourage us to be braver and to live outside our comfort zone.

  • Linda

    George, a duck, stays home baking pastries as year after year, his friends fly to other wonderful places, “somewhere else”. They’ve tried to get George to go, but he always has an excuse to say “no”. He has more baking to do, yoga lessons, tv watching. When Pascal, George’s bear friend, needs a place for the winter, Pascal admits that he’s sad he hasn’t gone anywhere, and finally admits the real reason. What happens after that shows the freedom rewarded when one is finally honest about shortcomi

    George, a duck, stays home baking pastries as year after year, his friends fly to other wonderful places, “somewhere else”. They’ve tried to get George to go, but he always has an excuse to say “no”. He has more baking to do, yoga lessons, tv watching. When Pascal, George’s bear friend, needs a place for the winter, Pascal admits that he’s sad he hasn’t gone anywhere, and finally admits the real reason. What happens after that shows the freedom rewarded when one is finally honest about shortcomings. It’s a great book about risk-taking and friendship. The collage/mixed-media illustrations are hard to describe, but they are wonderful to see, filled with details everywhere.

  • Tasha

    George Laurent is not like other birds. He doesn’t go anywhere, not flying south or north, just staying at home. He always had something delicious cooking in his oven and the other birds would come and visit. They would invite him on their next adventure, but George would always decline and have some kind of excuse. When winter arrived, George met Pascal, a bear, out in the cold. George tries a series of excuses to explain why he is still there and then finally admits that he doesn’t know how to

    George Laurent is not like other birds. He doesn’t go anywhere, not flying south or north, just staying at home. He always had something delicious cooking in his oven and the other birds would come and visit. They would invite him on their next adventure, but George would always decline and have some kind of excuse. When winter arrived, George met Pascal, a bear, out in the cold. George tries a series of excuses to explain why he is still there and then finally admits that he doesn’t know how to fly. Pascal decides to try to help George learn but they keep failing. Then they discover the hot air balloon that just went up in France. Can a goose who loves staying home love to travel too? This picture book balances a strong story line with simple text that is very inviting for young children. The book is fast paced and yet tells a deeper story of being ashamed of not knowing how to do something and how friendship can create new opportunities to learn and grow. The illustrations are a warm mix of watercolor, pencil, crayon and collage. The collage offers vintage papers that add an additional level of interest and flair. A great book to offer alongside others about learning to fly. This one just takes a very different route! Appropriate for ages 3-5.

  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Gordon, Gus Somewhere Else. PICTURE BOOK. Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan), 2017. $18. 9781626723498

    While most birds fly elsewhere for the winter, George stays put. He's too busy to explore -- or so he tells everyone. But when a friendly bear stops by, George finally confesses the truth behind his reluctance to leave home. Can the bear help George discover new places, or is this bird destined to be a homebody forever?

    This story is adorable and filled with warmth and humor. The reveal about why Ge

    Gordon, Gus Somewhere Else. PICTURE BOOK. Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan), 2017. $18. 9781626723498

    While most birds fly elsewhere for the winter, George stays put. He's too busy to explore -- or so he tells everyone. But when a friendly bear stops by, George finally confesses the truth behind his reluctance to leave home. Can the bear help George discover new places, or is this bird destined to be a homebody forever?

    This story is adorable and filled with warmth and humor. The reveal about why George stays home is likely to amuse children, and many will probably relate to his feelings. It's the illustrations that really stand out, however. They are a quirky, colorful mixed-media experience designed to delight readers.

    EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Sydney G., K-6 Library Media Specialist

  • La Coccinelle

    This is a cute story about a bird (a duck?) named George Laurent who likes to bake, so much so that he's always too busy to fly anywhere like all the other birds. The story was simple, but sweet, and I liked the secondary character, Pascal Lombard. He's a bear, so he doesn't fly anywhere, but he still yearns to travel.

    The artwork is really neat in this one. It's a combination of illustration and collage, with much of the material seeming to have come from old catalogues.

    The writing is okay... un

    This is a cute story about a bird (a duck?) named George Laurent who likes to bake, so much so that he's always too busy to fly anywhere like all the other birds. The story was simple, but sweet, and I liked the secondary character, Pascal Lombard. He's a bear, so he doesn't fly anywhere, but he still yearns to travel.

    The artwork is really neat in this one. It's a combination of illustration and collage, with much of the material seeming to have come from old catalogues.

    The writing is okay... until about 3/4 of the way through, and then the author--for some reason--thought it would be a good idea to have a character "smile" their dialogue. Not only is this incorrect (and impossible, as a smile is silent), but it's also one of my biggest pet peeves. I hate seeing this sort of thing in children's books especially; the last thing we need is yet another generation thinking this error is acceptable.

    Overall, though, this was a cute story with unique artwork, and I quite enjoyed it.

  • Mere

    A tale of knowing who you are.

    George is a homebody bird who is very at baking.

    George’s friends who are always dropping by, to ask George to travel with them, but he always refuses by saying that he is too busy. But the real reason is that he can’t fly.

    The words and pictures of Somewhere Else compliment each other beautifully.

  • Earl

    A charming story of avoiding one's shortcomings and facing one's fear of trying anything new with the aide of friends.

  • Bella

    The story is typical kids' stuff but I am a sucker for it every time. I am particularly fond of the graphic.

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