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George Shrinks (Reading Rainbow) Paperback – February 20, 1987

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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.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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.
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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 (February 20, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064431290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064431293
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Fun kid's book about a kid who imagines he shrinks while his parents are away. He has to do his regular chores, etc. while being the size of a mouse in his own bedroom. It's fun and I remember reading it as a kid. For some reason the ending has always felt a little lame to me but I'm not a kid anymore...
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The illustrations are enjoyable; there are a few fun details to find. But, the story lacks any interest. Most of the pages list a chore or activity that George's parents have left him to do and the story follows him completing them. He has fun and has to be creative since he is small. Unfortunately, this is not a book my three year old requests because it is a short read.
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This story is majorly picture driven, as so many little kid books are. And the pictures are wonderful! Not only is the story just fun...a little boy that wakes up shrunken, but some of the implications behind the pictures are fun for the kids to think about. Like, how did George get in to that big bathtub and how on Earth is he going to get out?? How might he have climbed up to the mailbox and how did he manage to open that package? And the book starts and ends in George's bed, so was it a dream or did this magical adventure really happen for George? All questions my kids love trying to come up with the answers to in addition to reading what is just a fun story
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