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Gabby the Shrew Hardcover – October 11, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (October 11, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679844996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679844990
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,474,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-5-The unlikely hero of this tale is a young shrew. Gabby is always hungry, and he often talks to his stomach (it answers back with growls, rumbles, and roars). He is so noisy that plants wilt and insects run away at the sound of his ear-piercing shriek. One day when his doting mother is out gathering more food, the youngster decides he is too hungry to wait and goes out on his own. He ends up wreaking havoc in the home of a family of humans until his mother arrives and takes him home. The plot aims for humor through exaggeration and role reversal, but fails. Gabby is not a sympathetic character-he is oblivious to the harm and destruction he causes as he pursues his own needs. Chast's clever cartoon illustrations are in tune with the text's hyperbole, but they can't salvage the unfunny story or its unappealing characters.
Marilyn Taniguchi, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ages 5-7. Sick of cute bear and cuddly bunny stories? Welcome to the rude world of Gabby the shrew. Too impatient to wait for his mother to return with more crickets, beetles, and "slimies" for his breakfast, baby Gabby decides to do his own hunting. Unfortunately, after hours of searching in the forest, he's still empty-handed. Then he hears a human voice: "Billy Torkelsen! Time to eat." That's all the invitation Gabby needs. Off he goes, and the Torkelsens are never the same. Olsen and Efron have successfully created a character that is crude yet totally likable and sympathetic, and Chast's delightfully silly cartoons, with occasional sound effects ("KA-BOMBA"), nicely reflect the story's slapstick flavor. The humor may not be for everyone, but it certainly has its audience. Lauren Peterson

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By Brittany Fuller on July 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
A great read a loud book to introduce a new topic or concept!
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I was given this book for my now-grown children, and it was my absolute favorite. I read it over and over and OVER again to both my boy and girl and they enjoyed it almost as much. Roz Chast is a wonderful artist/writer. The humor is droll and accessible to children and adults. The story is funny an light, and the finale has become a catch phrase in our house. I give this book to all my friends who have young children. Probably most enjoyed by the late pre-K through kindergarten set and their parents.
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This book is absolutely hilarious! We first discovered it at a doctor's office several years ago while reading books aloud to my little brother. My mom, my little sister, my little brother, and me were ALL cracking up. It's zany and silly and yet feels worth the time to read. I would highly recommend it to families of all ages.
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