Saturday, August 20, 2011

Gabby & Gator by James Burks

Today's Goals:
  1. Get out of bed
  2. Take care of garden
  3. Watch ½ hour of television
  4. Practice the tuba
  5. Go swimming
  6. Collect bottles & cans for recycling
  7. Find someone who will accept me for who I am
Those are Gabby's goals - and #7 is particularly hard when you're bullied, and called 'Freak'. That is, until she meets Gator, who is also misunderstood.
Gator has a (nearly) life-long fear of water / toilets, and an appetite for dogs.
Gabby is into recycling and vegetarianism - and the tuba.
This is a wonderful graphic novel for older kids - say 8ish and up. There are villains and action and a growing friendship between the two misfits.
Completely adorable :)

If you like this you could try:
well, that's where I get stuck. There's nothing quite like it... so, what about:
  • There's a boy in the girls' bathroom by Louis Sachar.
  • Freak the mighty by Rodman Philbrick.
  • The Alvin Ho books by Lenore Look.
  • The Schwa was here by Neal Shusterman.

Reviewed by Thalia.

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