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Mr. Gumpy's Outing Paperback – April 15, 1995
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John Burningham earned the Kate Greenaway Medal, an ALA Notable Children's Book award, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Mr. Gumpy's Outing, and it's no wonder. This gifted and highly original author-illustrator creates a vision of glorious summer with deeply textured, sometimes only suggested, drawings. His tentatively questioning animals are ready to step right out of the pages and quietly join the delighted reader. And the simple, repetitive dialogue will lull the listener as long as it takes the characters to reach the boat's maximum capacity. Even then, there's no big splash--just an understated, Burningham-esque "and into the water they fell." Young readers will never tire of this gentle, comforting storybook. (Ages 2 to 6) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Mr. Gumpy (who is not grumpy in the least) lives on the banks of a river, and owns a boat. As he goes for a boat ride, two children ask to come along. Mr. Gumpy gives them instructions on what not to do, and they join him. Next a bunny comes along. Mr. Gumpy tells it what not to do, and it joins him. As Mr. Gumpy poles his boat down the river, more and more animals join the party, each receiving a stipulation from Mr. Gumpy on what behavior is appropriate. After the boat fills, the animals suddenly ignore Mr. Gumpy's requests and begin to misbehave. As a result, they all topple headlong into the river, retiring to Gumpy's for tea.
Originally published in England (and if Mr. Gumpy isn't THE most English picture book gentleman you've seen outside of Paddington Bear himself, I'll eat my hat) the story is incredibly civilized. There's nothing like seeing a sheep delicately sipping from a straw to drill home the essential manners and protocols essential to everyday interactions. The illustrations are especially nice. Mr. Gumpy never looks particularly upset or angry by anything that happens to him. As he poles his boat a black and white pen and ink drawing on the left pages shows the boat and it's inhabitants. On the right page is a colorful drawing of the animal(s) asking to be allowed to join. The book, despite the whole falling into the water bit, is calm and peaceful. Just the kind of fun story you'd expect to be read on a cold rainy day. Highly recommended (especially with crumpets and bit of toast with marmalade).
Mr. Gumpy decides to go for a boat outing. As he progresses on this wonderful trip he begins taking on passengers who want to join him on his punting trip...who wouldn't? As each passenger joins Mr. Gumpy agree with the stipulation that "Yes, if you don't squabble/Yes, but don't hop about.
Now both the adult reader and even the smallest of children know for sure what is going to happen and that is part of the fun of the book. Everyone know that the boat will eventually tip and possibly sink...indeed it does! But not all is lost because Mr. Gumpy and his friends all retire to his home for a nice tea time.
The illustrations in this book simply do not get any better. We have a mixture of very detailed paintings of the country side as the punt and the passengers travel down the river. These paintings are mixed with simple line drawings. This creates a stunning visual effect. To be honest, I would not mind any of these illustration framed and hanging in my home.
This is the sort of book that can be read over and over again with the little ones and it is like reading a new book each time. Not that it matters all that much to me as I tend to ignore such thing; hey, I like what I like, but this work by author and illustrator John Burningham from 1970 has made just about every list of best children's books both in the U.S. and Europe.
This was a library find.
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Our 30-something daughters loved, loved this book as toddlers. I am ordering one for each of my granddaughters. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Rachel Richert
I read this book to my kids 35 years ago and loved it. Now this book is for my granddaughter. Best illustrations ever! Great story with fun words, too.Published 13 months ago by La Delle Willett Stattin
the children at the school love it! I enjoy reading it all the timePublished 14 months ago by Starchild Of Alpha
The book is in great condition. Thank you!
It's such a cute read...
A delightful book, loved by both boys and girls. Excellent for reading to very young children. Board book is the best.Published 17 months ago by kitty
This simple, sweet book is a favorite at our house! Mr. Gumpy lives in a house by the river. One day he decides to go out in his boat. Two children ask if they can come along. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sonia Ansari