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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Series: Reading Rainbow
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (June 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064431290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064431293
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 10.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A boy who dreams he is small wakes up to find that it's true, yet still tries to complete the list of chores his parents have left for him in a note. "Illustrations in full, wild colors suit the frantic doings in Joyce's debut, a fast and funny tale," PW commented. A Reading Rainbow selection.
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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2 In his parents' absence, George dreams that he's small, and he awakens to find himself about three inches high. The understated text (largely the words of a note left to remind George to make his bed, brush his teeth, take out the garbage, etc.) is counterpointed by paintings with realistic detail in cartoon colors andoutstandinglyby their perspective: a mouse-eye view of the high adventure such boring chores become under the unusual circumstances. George's high-handed treatment of a malevolent cat, and the cat's near-revenge (thwarted when the shock-headed hero, under the bedcovers, pops back to normal size just in time for Mom and Dad's return) provides a little narrative line for the fun and excitement. Some witty touches and '50s nostalgia should please parents, who will root along with their kids for this updated and unflappable Tom Thumb. Treehorn, move over! Patricia Dooley, formerly at Drexel University, Phila .
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

A true luminary and creative spirit, William Joyce has put his personal stamp on children's media in every direction. His picture books include George Shrinks, Dinosaur Bob and Santa Calls; he's won three Emmy awards for his Rolie Polie Olie animated series; developed character concepts for Toy Story and A Bug's Life; and his films include Robots and Meet the Robinsons. He's currently co-directing The Guardians for DREAMWORKS, and is producing The Leaf Men, based on his picturebook. He lives in Shreveport, LA, and is the founder of Moonbot Studios.

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What a fun and entertaining read.
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Our kids favorite page features George scrubbing dirty dishes by skiing down them on a sponge.
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The illustrations are wonderful and the story is really cute, especially for a toddler.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Susan B. on November 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"George Shrinks" is one of my favorite children's books of all time. It is the first book that William Joyce both wrote and illustrated--and what a grand debut!

A boy named George wakes up one morning to find that he is only three inches tall. He also finds a note from his parents with a list of chores he must do (which becomes Joyce's unique way of telling the story--the parent's note is the actual text of the book). The story follows George as he heroically navigates through the now gigantic house, evades the hungry house cat, and completes all his chores in very creative ways.
The illustrations, done in watercolors (though not pale and washy), are a mixture of highly realistic details (the house and surroundings), and a comic style (the characters). Included are several wordless full-page spreads of George flying a toy airplane which on their own are worth the price of the book.
If you can, buy the new large format of the book (November 2000 edition). The illustrations are much larger and the colors are more brilliant. The illustrations were probably rephotographed since the original edition is back from 1987 or so. (...) The newest version has a brand new cover illustration recently done by William Joyce.

Well, enjoy this book and happy shrinking!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Orrin C. Judd VINE VOICE on May 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"One day, while his mother and father were out, George dreamt he was small, and when he woke up he found it was true." So begins this delightful picture book by
William Joyce, who will be most familiar to folks as the creator of Disney Channel's Rolie Polie Olie. George too has his own series now, on PBS, and a spanking new
reprint of his original adventure.
The story here is fairly basic : George, suddenly three inches small, follows the instructions his parents left behind in a note, to clean up the house and watch his little
brother (now a BIG little brother). Along the way he avoids an ornery house cat and rides in a toy plane. Our kids favorite page features George scrubbing dirty
dishes by skiing down them on a sponge.
As with Rolie Polie Olie though, the story is secondary to Mr. Joyce's remarkable artwork. In Olie he manages to combine Art Deco with Futurism; here it's all
throwback. George Shrinks looks like a really hip version of the Dick and Jane books. A story with a miniature hero kids can relate to and illustration interesting
enough to hold adult attention--what more can you ask?
GRADE : A
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 1998
Format: Board book
George wakes up to discover he's become small, and then has to do his chores, including washing the dishes (with a sponge for a skis) and taking a bath (of course the rubber ducky is now as big as a boat). Its recommended for 3+ years, but my 16 month-old adores it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susan B. on November 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"George Shrinks" is one of my favorite children's books of all time. It is the first book that William Joyce both wrote and illustrated--and what a grand debut!

A boy named George wakes up one morning to find that he is only three inches tall. He also finds a note from his parents with a list of chores he must do (which becomes Joyce's unique way of telling the story--the parent's note is the actual text of the book). The story follows George as he heroically navigates through the now gigantic house, evades the hungry house cat, and completes all his chores in very creative ways.
The illustrations, done in watercolors (though not pale and washy), are a mixture of highly realistic details (the house and surroundings), and a comic style (the characters). Included are several wordless full-page spreads of George flying a toy airplane which on their own are worth the price of the book.
If you can, buy the new large format of the book (November 2000 edition). The illustrations are much larger and the colors are more brilliant. The illustrations were probably rephotographed since the original edition is back from 1987 or so.
Well, enjoy this book and happy shrinking!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Nourse on March 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I can't say enough about the illustrations by William Joyce. Somehow he has captured the simplicity and innocence of a child. It is a fun book because even though the character has awakened one morning only 3 inches tall, he still goes about doing his chores and having fun. Every chore is an adventure. His illustrations are soothing and not an onslaught to your eyes and the story is imaginative.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marie Wurst on June 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book, especially the child size version-- perfect for little hands, was charming from the moment I picked it up, months before my child was even a twinkle in my eye. Now she is two years old, and she never tires of reading her favorite bedtime story. She can now recite the story verbatim. The illustrations are remarkable and my child can spend hours talking about the small details in the pictures that leave me marveling at both the illustrator and my toddler. I hope everyone has a chance to enjoy this book as much as we do.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 1997
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful "little" book of adventure in childhood.

George finds himself alone at home with a list of things to be done before his parents return. Discovering that, just as he had dreamed, he is the size of a furry field mouse, George goes about finding clever ways to accomplish the items on the list.

This turns out to be a fun adventure until he is spotted by the cat. Just as the cat begins to pounce and his parents walk around the corner George suddenly becomes full size again.

The vibrant illustrations add a dramatic effect to this delightful story. Share it with a child you love.
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