Gus is a Fish
Publication Date: April 2008
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Jump in, the water is fine! Join Gus as he explores the depths of his bath.
Claire Babin is a children's book editor in Paris, France, who specializes in music. She is the author of many children's books, including the Gus series. In these books she invites the reader to enter into Gus's games and daydreams. Her writing is supple and perfectly pitched to a child's imagination. Olivier Tallec was born in Brittany in 1970. After graduating from the Ecole Supérieure d'Art graphique in Paris he worked in advertising as a graphic designer, after which he devoted himself to illustration. Since then he has done numerous illustrations for newspapers and magazines and has illustrated over 50 books for children.
Would that every child have as wonderful an imagination as Gus, who in the meantime can serve as their role model.” Kirkus
"A lovely book about the power of a child's vivid imagination. The lush, gorgeous paintings of natural settings are a beautiful touch. An index of words at the end of the story provides an excellent learning opportunity. In all, this is sure to bring out the science and nature lover in the young reader!"- curledupkids.com
Tallec’s depiction of this underwater world is breathtaking; he seamlessly integrates photographs of reeds, water lilies, frogs, and ducks with his original artwork. Each page has depth, light, color, and density.” School Library Journal
"Three Stars - Outstanding. This book is cool. Read and imagine being a fish and discover a new world. I love the artwork and at the end there is a picture glossary to help your kiddo learn new words and their meanings." - Lisa Barker, JellyMom.com
"While playing in the tub, Gus pokes his head underwater and discovers that he can breathe comfortably there. It seems that he is no longer a boy in a tub at all, but a fish in a lively pond filled with wonders. Tallec’s depiction of this underwater world is breathtaking; he seamlessly integrates photographs of reeds, water lilies, frogs, and ducks with his original artwork. Each page has depth, light, color, and density. Eventually, Gus’s mother calls him from the tub, which forces him back to reality. An illustrated glossary expands on the text." Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC