Somewhere Else
George has no interest in exploring the world. He is far too busy at home baking fine pastries. Or so he tells everyone when they invite him along on their wonderful adventures. But when his friend Pascal digs a little deeper, the real reason George will not leave home is finally revealed.

Somewhere Else Details

TitleSomewhere Else
Author
ReleaseDec 5th, 2017
PublisherNeal Porter Books
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Animals, Birds, Adventure, Travel

Somewhere Else Review

  • La Coccinelle
    January 1, 1970
    This is a cute story about a bird (a duck?) named George Laurent who likes to bake, so much so that he's always too busy to fly anywhere like all the other birds. The story was simple, but sweet, and I liked the secondary character, Pascal Lombard. He's a bear, so he doesn't fly anywhere, but he still yearns to travel.The artwork is really neat in this one. It's a combination of illustration and collage, with much of the material seeming to have come from old catalogues.The writing is okay... un This is a cute story about a bird (a duck?) named George Laurent who likes to bake, so much so that he's always too busy to fly anywhere like all the other birds. The story was simple, but sweet, and I liked the secondary character, Pascal Lombard. He's a bear, so he doesn't fly anywhere, but he still yearns to travel.The artwork is really neat in this one. It's a combination of illustration and collage, with much of the material seeming to have come from old catalogues.The writing is okay... until about 3/4 of the way through, and then the author--for some reason--thought it would be a good idea to have a character "smile" their dialogue. Not only is this incorrect (and impossible, as a smile is silent), but it's also one of my biggest pet peeves. I hate seeing this sort of thing in children's books especially; the last thing we need is yet another generation thinking this error is acceptable.Overall, though, this was a cute story with unique artwork, and I quite enjoyed it.Quotable moment:As the seasons passed by, everyone stopped askingGeorge if he wanted to go somewhere else with them.He was far too busy, it seemed.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    George, a duck, stays home baking pastries as year after year, his friends fly to other wonderful places, “somewhere else”. They’ve tried to get George to go, but he always has an excuse to say “no”. He has more baking to do, yoga lessons, tv watching. When Pascal, George’s bear friend, needs a place for the winter, Pascal admits that he’s sad he hasn’t gone anywhere, and finally admits the real reason. What happens after that shows the freedom rewarded when one is finally honest about shortcomi George, a duck, stays home baking pastries as year after year, his friends fly to other wonderful places, “somewhere else”. They’ve tried to get George to go, but he always has an excuse to say “no”. He has more baking to do, yoga lessons, tv watching. When Pascal, George’s bear friend, needs a place for the winter, Pascal admits that he’s sad he hasn’t gone anywhere, and finally admits the real reason. What happens after that shows the freedom rewarded when one is finally honest about shortcomings. It’s a great book about risk-taking and friendship. The collage/mixed-media illustrations are hard to describe, but they are wonderful to see, filled with details everywhere.
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  • Earl
    January 1, 1970
    A charming story of avoiding one's shortcomings and facing one's fear of trying anything new with the aide of friends.
  • Dimity Powell
    January 1, 1970
    A simple story about a duck with a secret failing who goes to great lengths to avoid admitting it to himself or his friends until Pascal's kindness and patience gently draws it from him, told intricately so that this picture book becomes a visual feast. Beguiling characters and consuming artwork allows this Gus Gordon's latest offering to truly take readers, somewhere else. Top marks.
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  • RhiannaH
    January 1, 1970
    A lovely book that illustrates how help from our friends can encourage us to be braver and to live outside our comfort zone.
  • Tasha
    January 1, 1970
    George Laurent is not like other birds. He doesn’t go anywhere, not flying south or north, just staying at home. He always had something delicious cooking in his oven and the other birds would come and visit. They would invite him on their next adventure, but George would always decline and have some kind of excuse. When winter arrived, George met Pascal, a bear, out in the cold. George tries a series of excuses to explain why he is still there and then finally admits that he doesn’t know how to George Laurent is not like other birds. He doesn’t go anywhere, not flying south or north, just staying at home. He always had something delicious cooking in his oven and the other birds would come and visit. They would invite him on their next adventure, but George would always decline and have some kind of excuse. When winter arrived, George met Pascal, a bear, out in the cold. George tries a series of excuses to explain why he is still there and then finally admits that he doesn’t know how to fly. Pascal decides to try to help George learn but they keep failing. Then they discover the hot air balloon that just went up in France. Can a goose who loves staying home love to travel too? This picture book balances a strong story line with simple text that is very inviting for young children. The book is fast paced and yet tells a deeper story of being ashamed of not knowing how to do something and how friendship can create new opportunities to learn and grow. The illustrations are a warm mix of watercolor, pencil, crayon and collage. The collage offers vintage papers that add an additional level of interest and flair. A great book to offer alongside others about learning to fly. This one just takes a very different route! Appropriate for ages 3-5.
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  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    January 1, 1970
    Gordon, Gus Somewhere Else. PICTURE BOOK. Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan), 2017. $18. 9781626723498While most birds fly elsewhere for the winter, George stays put. He's too busy to explore -- or so he tells everyone. But when a friendly bear stops by, George finally confesses the truth behind his reluctance to leave home. Can the bear help George discover new places, or is this bird destined to be a homebody forever?This story is adorable and filled with warmth and humor. The reveal about why Ge Gordon, Gus Somewhere Else. PICTURE BOOK. Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan), 2017. $18. 9781626723498While most birds fly elsewhere for the winter, George stays put. He's too busy to explore -- or so he tells everyone. But when a friendly bear stops by, George finally confesses the truth behind his reluctance to leave home. Can the bear help George discover new places, or is this bird destined to be a homebody forever?This story is adorable and filled with warmth and humor. The reveal about why George stays home is likely to amuse children, and many will probably relate to his feelings. It's the illustrations that really stand out, however. They are a quirky, colorful mixed-media experience designed to delight readers.EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Sydney G., K-6 Library Media Specialisthttps://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2018...
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  • Bella
    January 1, 1970
    The story is typical kids' stuff but I am a sucker for it every time. I am particularly fond of the graphic.
  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    A charming book for anyone who loves travel or French or has experienced disappointment and deferred dreams.
  • robyn
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Loved LOVED this book! Just loved it!!
  • Gayle
    January 1, 1970
    A bit long, but funny and sweet with utterly charming illustrations.
  • KC
    January 1, 1970
    Multi media use in this great adventure tale.
  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    That mixed media artwork is fabulously fun.
  • Ampersand Inc.
    January 1, 1970
    This is the charming story of George, a duck who can’t fly, and Pascale Lombard his bear friend who helps him out. It manages to be somehow both sentimental and hilarious, and the collage illustrations can’t be beat!
  • Edward Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    Pascal discovers the real reason why his friend George refuses to fly anywhere. A charming, warmhearted story.
  • Figgy
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.
  • Karen Abbott
    January 1, 1970
    George loves his home and baking and entertaining his friends. Why would he want to leave and fly south? Or any direction for that matter? His friend pushes the point and discovers that George has a secret. On the day that the other ducks learned to fly, George was distracted and never learned how to take to wing. His loyal friend decides to help him. Their efforts at wing'd flight prove futile, but undeterred they build a hot air balloon and are soon wafting here and there to see the sights tha George loves his home and baking and entertaining his friends. Why would he want to leave and fly south? Or any direction for that matter? His friend pushes the point and discovers that George has a secret. On the day that the other ducks learned to fly, George was distracted and never learned how to take to wing. His loyal friend decides to help him. Their efforts at wing'd flight prove futile, but undeterred they build a hot air balloon and are soon wafting here and there to see the sights that George has always wanted to see. Their friendship is strengthened, they become more knowledgeable, and discover that a little determination goes a long way.Beautiful illustrations and a strong theme make this a wonderful picture book. There is subtle humor in the drawings as George tries several different ways to fly. His friend is obviously quite loyal if not great at thinking through his ideas! The friendship is great and sustained on both sides, a good example to children of what friendship is and can be. George's love of home combines with his desire to see the world in a very positive and anchored way, making both appear welcoming and appropriate. This is just a wonderful, slightly sophisticated picture book with many warm messages waiting to be discovered.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    Despite his friends' efforts to persuade him to travel and visit some of the world's most beautiful places, George, a duck, insists that he's quite content at home. After all, he's terribly busy and often baking something yummy to share with others. But after his friend Pascal learns the real reason for his reluctance to travel, Pascal is determined to help him conquer that problem. Nothing works until they build a hot air balloon, which allows George to make up for lost time. This picture book Despite his friends' efforts to persuade him to travel and visit some of the world's most beautiful places, George, a duck, insists that he's quite content at home. After all, he's terribly busy and often baking something yummy to share with others. But after his friend Pascal learns the real reason for his reluctance to travel, Pascal is determined to help him conquer that problem. Nothing works until they build a hot air balloon, which allows George to make up for lost time. This picture book by an Australian author/illustrator features sly textual and visual references--even the back cover contains a small sketch with George perusing a book entitled Life of Pie. Created with watercolor, pencil, crayons, and paper, the illustrations offer all sorts of treats, even words in French. Now that George has been abroad, he decides that he will make plenty of trips to somewhere else. Still, he will always return to the comforts of his home and his baking. Although the book is amusing, it also makes readers think about what might keep someone from embracing the world around them. It would seem that we all have some secret of our own just like George does.
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  • Francis Thibeault
    January 1, 1970
    La couverture de cet album nous laisse songeur: qu'est-ce qu'un oiseau fait là, à regarder le vol des autres oiseaux? En fait, c'est que Georges, l'oiseau blanc sur la couverture, n'aime pas voyager, tout aussi débordé à la maison qu'à l'extérieur de celle-ci. Mais en s'occupant les mains, Georges passe à côté de quelque chose d'important dans la vie: le plaisir de la découverte. Gus Gordon nous offre ici des illustrations tout à fait originales et attrayantes, qui ajoutent vie à son récit de ba La couverture de cet album nous laisse songeur: qu'est-ce qu'un oiseau fait là, à regarder le vol des autres oiseaux? En fait, c'est que Georges, l'oiseau blanc sur la couverture, n'aime pas voyager, tout aussi débordé à la maison qu'à l'extérieur de celle-ci. Mais en s'occupant les mains, Georges passe à côté de quelque chose d'important dans la vie: le plaisir de la découverte. Gus Gordon nous offre ici des illustrations tout à fait originales et attrayantes, qui ajoutent vie à son récit de base et nous donne le goût de le feuilleter encore et encore. Je parle, entre autres, des illustrations des oiseaux, des grandes régions du monde, etc. Bref, un album à lire à votre enfant pour découvrir, passer du bon temps, mais surtout sortir de sa zone de confort!
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  • BiblioBickie
    January 1, 1970
    George is an anthropomorphic goose, a homebody who enjoys hearing all the stories of his friends' explorations in faraway places, but he always has an excuse that keeps him from joining them (including a mountain of ironing...). When winter comes, and George is all alone, his non-migrating bear friend comes to visit, wondering why he is still here. George finds the courage to tell him why, and they work together to address the real reason George is not migrating with other birds. Beautiful illus George is an anthropomorphic goose, a homebody who enjoys hearing all the stories of his friends' explorations in faraway places, but he always has an excuse that keeps him from joining them (including a mountain of ironing...). When winter comes, and George is all alone, his non-migrating bear friend comes to visit, wondering why he is still here. George finds the courage to tell him why, and they work together to address the real reason George is not migrating with other birds. Beautiful illustrations combining cut paper, drawings, watercolor, and old-time engravings. Some illustrations contain French text. Great for investigating why individuals make the choices they do, how to be a supportive friend, and the benefits of expanding one's horizons.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a surprise. The pages are a collage of old advertisements and a simply drawn goose and his friends. Gus is a goose with a lot on his plate. There's usually something cooking in his oven or any of a number of hobbies that keep him busy. But no matter what has his attention, he's far too busy to fly away for the winter. This funny story is full of Gus' excuses as he and his friends banter over the merits of staying home or travel. When winter comes and Gus is left behind, he must dec This book was a surprise. The pages are a collage of old advertisements and a simply drawn goose and his friends. Gus is a goose with a lot on his plate. There's usually something cooking in his oven or any of a number of hobbies that keep him busy. But no matter what has his attention, he's far too busy to fly away for the winter. This funny story is full of Gus' excuses as he and his friends banter over the merits of staying home or travel. When winter comes and Gus is left behind, he must decide whether he should overcome his final excuse and go explore the world. Funny and charming.
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  • BrookesEducationLibrary
    January 1, 1970
    A charming story of a bird called George who can't fly and has made excuses for this inability to go places when friends have invited him to go, instead he stays home year round making fabulous cakes and pastries instead. That is, until his friend, Pascal comes to stay for the winter and together they work through George's fears and take those longed for trips! A great book about overcoming your fears and living your dreams! Really great illustrations too!
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  • Darinda
    January 1, 1970
    George is a bird who never flies north, or south... or anywhere. He always stays home. All his friends visit on their way to amazing places, but he never joins them. One day, he meets Pascal, a bear, who is also alone. When Pascal learns George's secret of why he never joins his friends on their travels Pascal offers to help. A cute story about facing one's fears and learning something new. Adorable illustrations.
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  • Juliana Lee
    January 1, 1970
    George was different from other birds. Other birds fly north or south, George preferred to stay home and bake. All his bird friends encouraged him to fly away with them, but George always found something else to do instead. Then one winter, after all the other birds had gone, George admitted to his friend, Pascal the bear, that he didn't know how to fly. So George and Pascal devise a way to fly away for the winter.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to like this book even more than I did but there were a lot of missed opportunities within. I really loved the illustrations! The story was good and definitely a read-aloud for grades K-2nd. However, there could have been way better connections between what the friend ate, what place they wanted to visit, and what George's excuse was for not being able to go.
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  • Jesse
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet story of a duck who has missed out on opportunities his entire life because he's afraid to say that he doesn't understand something basic to most other birds. Luckily, he has a friend who helps him out and takes him on adventures! I felt like this could be a wonderful comparison to a kid who never learned how to read at a young age.
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  • Kat Harrison
    January 1, 1970
    A charming tale of a bird who can't fly (but can make a mean pie) and his gentle friend, Pascal, who as it turns out is not very good at the things he says he is. The mixed media illustrations bring an air of well-traveled to an otherwise breezy text. Though likely not the story's intent, "Somewhere Else" would serve as a great kickstart to a conversation about migration.
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  • Jillian
    January 1, 1970
    I liked it - it has charm and whimsy, and although sometimes it comes right up to the edge of "trying too hard," it never quite crosses it.The illustrations can be a bit exhausting at first, until I just learned to tune out some of the busy-ness.The story overall is quite nice - I liked that George AND Pascal got to go on adventures!
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    George isn't your typical bird, he is too busy to travel. All his friends invite him to see their favorite places, but George just always happens to be really busy baking, reading, writing, ironing, you name it! But one day, George's friend Pascal finds out the real reason George won't travel.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Not a huge fan, but I think kids would like it. I didn't like the illustrations; some were straight out illustrations, other additions to the pages appear to be photos and a hodge-podge of other stuff. It was distracting to me.
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