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Gumption / Elise Broach ; illustrated by Richard Egielski.

Broach, Elise. (Author). Egielski, Richard. (Added Author).
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Breckenridge Public Library E B (Text) 33500010508620 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781416916284
  • ISBN: 1416916288
  • Physical Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2010.

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Summary, etc.: When Peter goes on an African adventure with his beloved Uncle Nigel, who hopes to spot a rare gorilla, the oblivious Nigel urges Peter on by telling him to have gumption, while Peter keeps his eyes open and uses his ingenuity.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2010 February #1
    Peter is thrilled when his uncle Nigel invites him on an expedition in search of a rare African gorilla, but making it through the jungle involves lots of challenges. Nigel leads the way, surmounting each obstacle, from a dense thicket to a deep river, with cheerful encouragement ("All it takes is a bit of gumption"), but Egielski's ink-and-watercolor illustrations show a parallel, slapstick story. As Nigel charges ahead, Peter is swept along by a succession of wild animals, from a boa constrictor that carries him through the trees to an elephant that lifts him over the tall grass. The story's nostalgic tone results in some outdated stereotypes and missed opportunities: Why send pith-helmeted Nigel and Peter off to generic Africa instead of a specific country? And the joke that Nigel, a professional animal-spotter, is oblivious to creatures a hair's distance away may wear thin by the story's end. Still, Egielski plays up the comedy with clever, small details, and Broach's repetitive text, with its occasionally challenging vocabulary, is well-suited for dramatic read-alouds. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Elise Broach lives with her family in rural Connecticut, where she writes books for children and teens, including When Dinosaurs Came With Everything, Shakespeare’s Secret, and Wet Dog!, and serves in town government. Visit Elise at

Richard Egielski received the Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in Hey, Al, written with Arthur Yorinks. His other books include Gumption by Elise Broach, and Buz and Jazper, which were chosen as New York Times Best Illustrated Books for Children. He lives with his wife and son in Milford, New Jersey.

Subject: Perseverance (Ethics) > Fiction.
Adventure and adventurers > Fiction.
Uncles > Fiction.
Jungle animals > Fiction.
Africa > Fiction.
Perseverance (Ethics) > Juvenile fiction.
Uncles > Juvenile fiction.
Jungle animals > Juvenile fiction.
Africa > Juvenile fiction.
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