Grace for Gus

Grace for Gus

Bestselling cartoonist and master visual storyteller Harry Bliss has concocted a delightful, near wordlessgraphic picture book with nods to famous cartoons, cultural icons, and the secret lives that creative people make for themselves. Grace is the quiet girl in the class. And Gus is the class guinea pig. Grace knows that Gus is lonely, and so she sets off one night to help Bestselling cartoonist and master visual storyteller Harry Bliss has concocted a delightful, near wordlessgrap...

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Title:Grace for Gus
Author:Harry Bliss
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:0062644106
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:40 pages pages

Grace for Gus Reviews

  • Emma (Miss Print)
    Oct 30, 2017
    I love Bliss' artwork. This is a very fun almost wordless picture book about Grace earning money for her class's fund to get a friend for Gus, the class guinea pig. The artwork alternates between comic style panels and one page or double page spreads. I think some of the pages might ha...
  • Jillian
    Apr 11, 2018
    Cute, nearly wordless book with a lot of clever nods to famous cartoons (I spotted Hobbes, Nancy, Tintin, and Charlie Brown, among others) and famous New Yorkers (Woody Allen, Alfred Hitchcock, and a certain orange demagogue who will remain nameless). The story itself is on the weak...
  • Betsy
    Feb 27, 2018
    What are the long term benefits of reviewing children?s books on the internet over an extended amount of time? The detriments? Of the benefits I can give only the standard ?Maybe I get better? response. The detriments are much more interesting. It is possible that reviewing only ...
  • Alida
    Mar 05, 2018
    I really wanted to give more stars to this book. I truly enjoyed the visual gags and little puns on the book covers. I also liked very much the story. But the book left a bitter taste as soon as the pedophile/abuser was shown in 4 panels during the subway scene. I'm aware that he's a N...
  • Donalyn
    Apr 01, 2018
    One of those times when professional review publications adored a book and I just didn?t feel it. The emotional attachment between the girl and the hamster didn?t play through. The whole seemed like a device to plant cultural references and asides into the images. Also, why would a...
  • Cynthia
    Mar 20, 2018
    This visual graphic novel is so dynamic and cute! It's premise is a young girl who wants to help the class guinea pig get a new friend, but the wild and whacky characters she encounters while raising money for the new guinea pig are hysterical references to modern culture! Adults and c...
  • Tasha
    Apr 09, 2018
    This is one delightful graphic novel picture book that is almost wordless, making it a great pick as an early graphic novel experience for little children. When Grace is told that the class will contribute to a fund to get their class pet, Gus, a new friend, she decides that she has to...
  • Lynn
    Feb 16, 2018
    Charming visual storytelling. Each scene is packed with delicious details. Most of us adults cringe a bit at the idea of Grace going out alone but I suspect kids will skip that, suspend disbelief and enjoy Grace's bold adventure. ...
  • DaNae
    Feb 19, 2018
    Busking for hamsters. ...
  • Jenn Marshall
    Mar 10, 2018
    The first time I read and rated this book I gave it 3 stars. It was cute, but not my cup of tea. But while reading some of the other reviews I saw one that mentioned all of the hidden gems. I immediately went back to take a closer look and changed my review. It is so clever. Trump'...
  • Arminzerella
    Apr 11, 2018
    Grace?s class is trying to raise money to buy a friend for their class pet, a guinea pig named Gus. Grace takes matters into her own hands in this nearly wordless graphic novel. After she retires to her room for the night, she sneaks out with her violin and some art supplies and uses...
  • kelly
    Mar 06, 2018
    This is a beautifully drawn, mostly dialogue-free children's book about a girl named Grace's adventures around New York City to raise money to find a partner for her class guinea pig, Gus. Even though her adventures are somewhat unbelievable (i.e., sneaking out of her bedroom at night ...
  • Allison
    Feb 17, 2018
    This is a very short, mostly wordless, sequential art styled book you need to read more than once to fully appreciate. The first time you read it for Grace's story, a girl who is trying to raise money to help her class get a second guinea pig. The second time you need to inspect each p...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Mar 23, 2018
    Wordless picture book. I was thinking it would be more of a graphic novel picture book. I don't put wordless picture books in my middle school library. I know they could have their uses, but the public library has a good collection if teachers want them. ...
  • Erin
    Mar 23, 2018
    In comic panels, mostly wordless. Gus is a lonely guinea pig in Grace's class but teacher has started a Gus fund so kids can contribute money in a jar and that will buy a new friend for Gus. Grace goes the extra miles and plays music, does art and more to earn money and gives it to Gus...
  • Jennifer
    Feb 23, 2018
    I love this book! The message of helping out a lonely guinea pig. The shy girl who goes out of her way to help in some pretty unexpected way. Comic for young readers. And so many hidden things to find! Even Waldo! ...
  • Kelly
    Feb 19, 2018
    Really really cute. I liked how Bliss threw in a lot of little things in the pictures, like a Charlie Brown and a nod to Jaws. The pictures are definitely fun to look at closely. I think it's cute what Grace did for Gus the guinea pig, but I thought the ending was abrupt. I know it's g...
  • Laura (ローラ)
    Mar 28, 2018
    Grace sneaks out of her house after bedtime to roam the city of New York to make money to buy her class guinea pig a friend. The end. I have a few problems with this. This is neither a kids book nor an adults book. I'm not sure who I could recommend to read it... and that's a proble...
  • Linda
    Mar 25, 2018
    It's not quite "all" wordless, but almost. Harry Bliss has created a nice story of quiet young girl Grace whose class holds a fundraiser for Gus, the guinea pig, who needs a friend. In comic book style, the reader understands that Grace has a sweet connection with Gus, and does not tel...
  • Meredith
    Feb 19, 2018
    I enjoyed all of the details in the pictures that only adults might get, but the story itself ... eh. One huge issue I had is ... if she snuck out after her bedtime, how was it possibly light out enough to be doing caricatures in the park, and why were there so many other kids out and ...
  • Michele Knott
    Feb 18, 2018
    In this almost wordless early graphic novel, we meet Grace - someone who looks to be quiet and has a special bond with the class pet, a guinea pig named Gus. Grace sneaks out at night and does a variety of street jobs to make money so the class can buy a buddy for Gus. There are so man...
  • Pam
    Mar 07, 2018
    I enjoyed the puns and literary and cultural references in every picture but wonder how many elementary students will understand. The heroine wants to contribute to the class jar to buy a friend for their class hamster Gus. She sneaks out at night to be a street musician, caricature a...
  • Earl
    Feb 06, 2018
    I wish I enjoyed this picture book graphic novel more. I love all the call backs to other comics and the story of this shy but smart and super talented and creative girl. But a couple of New York character cameos annoyed me when I saw them. ...
  • Beverly
    Mar 09, 2018
    As you read this book to your child, be sure to check out the illustrations. It's not often that you see Frankenstein driving a car next to an old truck owned by Sanford and Son. The illustrator has included little bits and pieces in the background that will entertain the adult readers...
  • Aliza Werner
    Mar 17, 2018
    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...
  • Kate Buechler
    Mar 11, 2018
    I adored all the visual gags and cameos in this, though I know I only understood a fraction of them. ...
  • Mary
    Feb 20, 2018
    This almost wordless picture book is almost like a graphic novel in design. Very city-centric, which I enjoyed. Cute story and nice illustrations. It's about a girl who makes money by playing her violin, dancing on the subway, and drawing caricatures. ...
  • Ann
    Feb 21, 2018
    Wordless picture book for kids and adults...Can be read on two levels. Adults will enjoy finding all the references to other comics and famous people placed throughout the book. Very clever. Take time read it slowly and find the hidden meanings. ...
  • Michelle Lynn
    Feb 10, 2018
    Reviewed for YA Books Central A cute adventure through New York City. Grace is a spunky girl with many hidden talents. Gus is the class pet. The two of them decide to go out and explore the city, delighting everyone they meet. It's a fun trip for those of us old enough to catch...
  • Munro's Kids
    Feb 01, 2018
    This one is entirely in the details. I admit I skimmed it the first time through, and it was a disservice to this very clever and detail-packed book. In order to really enjoy this book, you have to slow down and look for all the cameos and hidden bits within each scene. Tons of c...