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Gabby and Gator Hardcover – October 12, 2010

4.9 out of 5 stars 20 ratings

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Animator Burks, who has worked on projects from The Iron Giant to Wow Wow Wubbsy!, has now created a book with all the essential ingredients to appeal to a wide audience. On display are an outcast protagonist, a tambourine-playing alligator, and a car chase. Oh, and a moral to the story: accept yourself for who you are and find friends who do the same. Illustrated in a hybrid comics–children's book manner and using simple and straightforward panels, Burks tells the story of Gabby, a painfully shy homebody who doesn't speak outside of the house. She's picked on by the school jock and has no friends. Gator lives in a dry sewer where he ended up after getting flushed down a toilet. He's got an aversion to water, but an appetite for dogs. It's an unlikely pairing, which Burks capitalizes on for the sake of wholesome fun and entertainment. The message of self-love is heavy-handed at times, but pluses include an out-of-left-field ending. All ages. (Oct.) (c)
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About the Author

James Burks is an animation artist who's worked at Warner Brothers Feature Animation, Disney Feature Animation and Nickelodeon. He worked on such feature films as Space Jam, The Iron Giant, The Emperor's New Groove, Atlantis and Treasure Planet.  He's also worked on the television shows Wow Wow Wubbzy, Dinosaur Train, and most recently on Fanboy and Chum Chum. His first book Gabby and Gator is a Junior Library Guild Selection and a 2012 Read Across America Selection.

Product details

  • Lexile Measure : GN500L
  • Grade Level : 1 and up
  • Item Weight : 1.95 pounds
  • Hardcover : 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0759531455
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0759531451
  • Product Dimensions : 9.3 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Publisher : Yen Press; First Edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Reading level : 6 and up
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.9 out of 5 stars 20 ratings