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

  • Destinee Sutton
    May 22, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

  • 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 ...

  • Mary Lee
    Jul 01, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

    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. ...

    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...

    Little girls who sneak out at night to go into the city should not really be the hero of a picture book ...

    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...

    I've read this book 3 times, trying to love it, trying to understand it, trying to figure out if it's more of a book for adults than children. I wish I had access to a classroom full of readers right now so I could hand it off to the intended audience to see what they make of it. ...

  • Alida
    Mar 05, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

    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. ...

    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...

    Little girls who sneak out at night to go into the city should not really be the hero of a picture book ...

    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...

    I've read this book 3 times, trying to love it, trying to understand it, trying to figure out if it's more of a book for adults than children. I wish I had access to a classroom full of readers right now so I could hand it off to the intended audience to see what they make of it. ...

    I adored all the visual gags and cameos in this, though I know I only understood a fraction of them. ...

    Everyone needs a little grace in their life. ...

    I'm really disappointed in this book. I love guinea pigs and they're supposed to come in pairs. I get that Bliss was making inside jokes and wanted to include famous New Yorkers. But holy cow was it a bad idea to include two known sex offenders as people cheering Grace on. This story w...

    I really don?t understand the starred reviews for this one. Missed the mark on SO many levels. And I?m a fan of Harry Bliss, but I would not recommend this one. ...

    So a girl sneaks out a night in a quest to make enough money to buy a pet guinea pig for her class. She plays music, draws caricatures and dances on a subway pole (with Donald Trump and Woody Allen looking on. EEEWWWW!!) With her pockets full, she sneaks back into her bedroom and becom...

    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 ...

    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

    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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

  • Tasha
    Apr 09, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

    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. ...

    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...

    Little girls who sneak out at night to go into the city should not really be the hero of a picture book ...

    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...

    I've read this book 3 times, trying to love it, trying to understand it, trying to figure out if it's more of a book for adults than children. I wish I had access to a classroom full of readers right now so I could hand it off to the intended audience to see what they make of it. ...

    I adored all the visual gags and cameos in this, though I know I only understood a fraction of them. ...

    Everyone needs a little grace in their life. ...

    I'm really disappointed in this book. I love guinea pigs and they're supposed to come in pairs. I get that Bliss was making inside jokes and wanted to include famous New Yorkers. But holy cow was it a bad idea to include two known sex offenders as people cheering Grace on. This story w...

    I really don?t understand the starred reviews for this one. Missed the mark on SO many levels. And I?m a fan of Harry Bliss, but I would not recommend this one. ...

    So a girl sneaks out a night in a quest to make enough money to buy a pet guinea pig for her class. She plays music, draws caricatures and dances on a subway pole (with Donald Trump and Woody Allen looking on. EEEWWWW!!) With her pockets full, she sneaks back into her bedroom and becom...

    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 ...

    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...

    Grace, a dark-haired girl wearing glasses (with no eyes showing behind the glasses), and her classmates are reminded by their teacher that Gus, the classroom guinea pig, needs a friend. There is a large glass jar that says Gus Buddy Fund for student contributions. At the end of the...

    Harry Bliss books are always something I look forward to reading; they usually pack a powerful message (this one does) and are visually interesting (as this one is). In nearly wordless graphic form, Bliss tells the story of how Grace, a girl with two dads, climbs out the window of h...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • DaNae
    Feb 19, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

  • Arminzerella
    Apr 11, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

    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. ...

    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...

    Little girls who sneak out at night to go into the city should not really be the hero of a picture book ...

    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...

    I've read this book 3 times, trying to love it, trying to understand it, trying to figure out if it's more of a book for adults than children. I wish I had access to a classroom full of readers right now so I could hand it off to the intended audience to see what they make of it. ...

    I adored all the visual gags and cameos in this, though I know I only understood a fraction of them. ...

    Everyone needs a little grace in their life. ...

    I'm really disappointed in this book. I love guinea pigs and they're supposed to come in pairs. I get that Bliss was making inside jokes and wanted to include famous New Yorkers. But holy cow was it a bad idea to include two known sex offenders as people cheering Grace on. This story w...

    I really don?t understand the starred reviews for this one. Missed the mark on SO many levels. And I?m a fan of Harry Bliss, but I would not recommend this one. ...

    So a girl sneaks out a night in a quest to make enough money to buy a pet guinea pig for her class. She plays music, draws caricatures and dances on a subway pole (with Donald Trump and Woody Allen looking on. EEEWWWW!!) With her pockets full, she sneaks back into her bedroom and becom...

    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 ...

    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...

    Grace, a dark-haired girl wearing glasses (with no eyes showing behind the glasses), and her classmates are reminded by their teacher that Gus, the classroom guinea pig, needs a friend. There is a large glass jar that says Gus Buddy Fund for student contributions. At the end of the...

    Harry Bliss books are always something I look forward to reading; they usually pack a powerful message (this one does) and are visually interesting (as this one is). In nearly wordless graphic form, Bliss tells the story of how Grace, a girl with two dads, climbs out the window of h...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Grace's elementary school class has a pet guinea pig, Gus. When the class decides to raise money to buy a buddy for Gus, Grace goes all out. After kissing her two dads goodnight, she sneaks out the window and spends the whole night earning money in a wild romp through her city and it's...

    On the first read, I thought, oh she sneaks out to raise money for a new guinea pig. Cute, if a bit pedestrian. It was on the second and third reads that I noticed the background details and the inside joke parade. At first, I noticed the funny things happening in the background, li...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Amy
    Aug 26, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

  • Kim
    Jun 22, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

    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. ...

    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...

    Little girls who sneak out at night to go into the city should not really be the hero of a picture book ...

    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...

    I've read this book 3 times, trying to love it, trying to understand it, trying to figure out if it's more of a book for adults than children. I wish I had access to a classroom full of readers right now so I could hand it off to the intended audience to see what they make of it. ...

    I adored all the visual gags and cameos in this, though I know I only understood a fraction of them. ...

    Everyone needs a little grace in their life. ...

    I'm really disappointed in this book. I love guinea pigs and they're supposed to come in pairs. I get that Bliss was making inside jokes and wanted to include famous New Yorkers. But holy cow was it a bad idea to include two known sex offenders as people cheering Grace on. This story w...

    I really don?t understand the starred reviews for this one. Missed the mark on SO many levels. And I?m a fan of Harry Bliss, but I would not recommend this one. ...

    So a girl sneaks out a night in a quest to make enough money to buy a pet guinea pig for her class. She plays music, draws caricatures and dances on a subway pole (with Donald Trump and Woody Allen looking on. EEEWWWW!!) With her pockets full, she sneaks back into her bedroom and becom...

  • Allison
    Jul 06, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

    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. ...

    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...

    Little girls who sneak out at night to go into the city should not really be the hero of a picture book ...

    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...

    I've read this book 3 times, trying to love it, trying to understand it, trying to figure out if it's more of a book for adults than children. I wish I had access to a classroom full of readers right now so I could hand it off to the intended audience to see what they make of it. ...

    I adored all the visual gags and cameos in this, though I know I only understood a fraction of them. ...

    Everyone needs a little grace in their life. ...

    I'm really disappointed in this book. I love guinea pigs and they're supposed to come in pairs. I get that Bliss was making inside jokes and wanted to include famous New Yorkers. But holy cow was it a bad idea to include two known sex offenders as people cheering Grace on. This story w...

    I really don?t understand the starred reviews for this one. Missed the mark on SO many levels. And I?m a fan of Harry Bliss, but I would not recommend this one. ...

    So a girl sneaks out a night in a quest to make enough money to buy a pet guinea pig for her class. She plays music, draws caricatures and dances on a subway pole (with Donald Trump and Woody Allen looking on. EEEWWWW!!) With her pockets full, she sneaks back into her bedroom and becom...

    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 ...

    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...

    Grace, a dark-haired girl wearing glasses (with no eyes showing behind the glasses), and her classmates are reminded by their teacher that Gus, the classroom guinea pig, needs a friend. There is a large glass jar that says Gus Buddy Fund for student contributions. At the end of the...

    Harry Bliss books are always something I look forward to reading; they usually pack a powerful message (this one does) and are visually interesting (as this one is). In nearly wordless graphic form, Bliss tells the story of how Grace, a girl with two dads, climbs out the window of h...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Grace's elementary school class has a pet guinea pig, Gus. When the class decides to raise money to buy a buddy for Gus, Grace goes all out. After kissing her two dads goodnight, she sneaks out the window and spends the whole night earning money in a wild romp through her city and it's...

    On the first read, I thought, oh she sneaks out to raise money for a new guinea pig. Cute, if a bit pedestrian. It was on the second and third reads that I noticed the background details and the inside joke parade. At first, I noticed the funny things happening in the background, li...

  • Shauna Yusko
    Aug 11, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

    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. ...

    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...

    Little girls who sneak out at night to go into the city should not really be the hero of a picture book ...

    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...

    I've read this book 3 times, trying to love it, trying to understand it, trying to figure out if it's more of a book for adults than children. I wish I had access to a classroom full of readers right now so I could hand it off to the intended audience to see what they make of it. ...

    I adored all the visual gags and cameos in this, though I know I only understood a fraction of them. ...

    Everyone needs a little grace in their life. ...

    I'm really disappointed in this book. I love guinea pigs and they're supposed to come in pairs. I get that Bliss was making inside jokes and wanted to include famous New Yorkers. But holy cow was it a bad idea to include two known sex offenders as people cheering Grace on. This story w...

    I really don?t understand the starred reviews for this one. Missed the mark on SO many levels. And I?m a fan of Harry Bliss, but I would not recommend this one. ...

  • Ms. Yingling
    Mar 23, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

    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

    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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

    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. ...

    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...

    Little girls who sneak out at night to go into the city should not really be the hero of a picture book ...

    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...

    I've read this book 3 times, trying to love it, trying to understand it, trying to figure out if it's more of a book for adults than children. I wish I had access to a classroom full of readers right now so I could hand it off to the intended audience to see what they make of it. ...

    I adored all the visual gags and cameos in this, though I know I only understood a fraction of them. ...

    Everyone needs a little grace in their life. ...

    I'm really disappointed in this book. I love guinea pigs and they're supposed to come in pairs. I get that Bliss was making inside jokes and wanted to include famous New Yorkers. But holy cow was it a bad idea to include two known sex offenders as people cheering Grace on. This story w...

    I really don?t understand the starred reviews for this one. Missed the mark on SO many levels. And I?m a fan of Harry Bliss, but I would not recommend this one. ...

    So a girl sneaks out a night in a quest to make enough money to buy a pet guinea pig for her class. She plays music, draws caricatures and dances on a subway pole (with Donald Trump and Woody Allen looking on. EEEWWWW!!) With her pockets full, she sneaks back into her bedroom and becom...

    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 ...

    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...

    Grace, a dark-haired girl wearing glasses (with no eyes showing behind the glasses), and her classmates are reminded by their teacher that Gus, the classroom guinea pig, needs a friend. There is a large glass jar that says Gus Buddy Fund for student contributions. At the end of the...

    Harry Bliss books are always something I look forward to reading; they usually pack a powerful message (this one does) and are visually interesting (as this one is). In nearly wordless graphic form, Bliss tells the story of how Grace, a girl with two dads, climbs out the window of h...

    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...

  • Laura (ローラ)
    Mar 28, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

    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. ...

    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...

    Little girls who sneak out at night to go into the city should not really be the hero of a picture book ...

    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...

    I've read this book 3 times, trying to love it, trying to understand it, trying to figure out if it's more of a book for adults than children. I wish I had access to a classroom full of readers right now so I could hand it off to the intended audience to see what they make of it. ...

    I adored all the visual gags and cameos in this, though I know I only understood a fraction of them. ...

    Everyone needs a little grace in their life. ...

    I'm really disappointed in this book. I love guinea pigs and they're supposed to come in pairs. I get that Bliss was making inside jokes and wanted to include famous New Yorkers. But holy cow was it a bad idea to include two known sex offenders as people cheering Grace on. This story w...

    I really don?t understand the starred reviews for this one. Missed the mark on SO many levels. And I?m a fan of Harry Bliss, but I would not recommend this one. ...

    So a girl sneaks out a night in a quest to make enough money to buy a pet guinea pig for her class. She plays music, draws caricatures and dances on a subway pole (with Donald Trump and Woody Allen looking on. EEEWWWW!!) With her pockets full, she sneaks back into her bedroom and becom...

    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 ...

    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...

    Grace, a dark-haired girl wearing glasses (with no eyes showing behind the glasses), and her classmates are reminded by their teacher that Gus, the classroom guinea pig, needs a friend. There is a large glass jar that says Gus Buddy Fund for student contributions. At the end of the...

    Harry Bliss books are always something I look forward to reading; they usually pack a powerful message (this one does) and are visually interesting (as this one is). In nearly wordless graphic form, Bliss tells the story of how Grace, a girl with two dads, climbs out the window of h...

    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...

    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...

  • molliekay
    Aug 14, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

    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. ...

    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...

    Little girls who sneak out at night to go into the city should not really be the hero of a picture book ...

    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...

    I've read this book 3 times, trying to love it, trying to understand it, trying to figure out if it's more of a book for adults than children. I wish I had access to a classroom full of readers right now so I could hand it off to the intended audience to see what they make of it. ...

    I adored all the visual gags and cameos in this, though I know I only understood a fraction of them. ...

    Everyone needs a little grace in their life. ...

    I'm really disappointed in this book. I love guinea pigs and they're supposed to come in pairs. I get that Bliss was making inside jokes and wanted to include famous New Yorkers. But holy cow was it a bad idea to include two known sex offenders as people cheering Grace on. This story w...

  • Linda
    Mar 25, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

    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. ...

    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...

    Little girls who sneak out at night to go into the city should not really be the hero of a picture book ...

    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...

    I've read this book 3 times, trying to love it, trying to understand it, trying to figure out if it's more of a book for adults than children. I wish I had access to a classroom full of readers right now so I could hand it off to the intended audience to see what they make of it. ...

    I adored all the visual gags and cameos in this, though I know I only understood a fraction of them. ...

    Everyone needs a little grace in their life. ...

    I'm really disappointed in this book. I love guinea pigs and they're supposed to come in pairs. I get that Bliss was making inside jokes and wanted to include famous New Yorkers. But holy cow was it a bad idea to include two known sex offenders as people cheering Grace on. This story w...

    I really don?t understand the starred reviews for this one. Missed the mark on SO many levels. And I?m a fan of Harry Bliss, but I would not recommend this one. ...

    So a girl sneaks out a night in a quest to make enough money to buy a pet guinea pig for her class. She plays music, draws caricatures and dances on a subway pole (with Donald Trump and Woody Allen looking on. EEEWWWW!!) With her pockets full, she sneaks back into her bedroom and becom...

    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 ...

    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...

    Grace, a dark-haired girl wearing glasses (with no eyes showing behind the glasses), and her classmates are reminded by their teacher that Gus, the classroom guinea pig, needs a friend. There is a large glass jar that says Gus Buddy Fund for student contributions. At the end of the...

    Harry Bliss books are always something I look forward to reading; they usually pack a powerful message (this one does) and are visually interesting (as this one is). In nearly wordless graphic form, Bliss tells the story of how Grace, a girl with two dads, climbs out the window of h...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Grace's elementary school class has a pet guinea pig, Gus. When the class decides to raise money to buy a buddy for Gus, Grace goes all out. After kissing her two dads goodnight, she sneaks out the window and spends the whole night earning money in a wild romp through her city and it's...

    On the first read, I thought, oh she sneaks out to raise money for a new guinea pig. Cute, if a bit pedestrian. It was on the second and third reads that I noticed the background details and the inside joke parade. At first, I noticed the funny things happening in the background, li...

    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

    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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

    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. ...

    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...

    Little girls who sneak out at night to go into the city should not really be the hero of a picture book ...

    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...

    I've read this book 3 times, trying to love it, trying to understand it, trying to figure out if it's more of a book for adults than children. I wish I had access to a classroom full of readers right now so I could hand it off to the intended audience to see what they make of it. ...

    I adored all the visual gags and cameos in this, though I know I only understood a fraction of them. ...

    Everyone needs a little grace in their life. ...

    I'm really disappointed in this book. I love guinea pigs and they're supposed to come in pairs. I get that Bliss was making inside jokes and wanted to include famous New Yorkers. But holy cow was it a bad idea to include two known sex offenders as people cheering Grace on. This story w...

    I really don?t understand the starred reviews for this one. Missed the mark on SO many levels. And I?m a fan of Harry Bliss, but I would not recommend this one. ...

    So a girl sneaks out a night in a quest to make enough money to buy a pet guinea pig for her class. She plays music, draws caricatures and dances on a subway pole (with Donald Trump and Woody Allen looking on. EEEWWWW!!) With her pockets full, she sneaks back into her bedroom and becom...

    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 ...

  • Jami Good
    Jul 16, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

    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. ...

    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...

    Little girls who sneak out at night to go into the city should not really be the hero of a picture book ...

    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...

    I've read this book 3 times, trying to love it, trying to understand it, trying to figure out if it's more of a book for adults than children. I wish I had access to a classroom full of readers right now so I could hand it off to the intended audience to see what they make of it. ...

    I adored all the visual gags and cameos in this, though I know I only understood a fraction of them. ...

    Everyone needs a little grace in their life. ...

    I'm really disappointed in this book. I love guinea pigs and they're supposed to come in pairs. I get that Bliss was making inside jokes and wanted to include famous New Yorkers. But holy cow was it a bad idea to include two known sex offenders as people cheering Grace on. This story w...

    I really don?t understand the starred reviews for this one. Missed the mark on SO many levels. And I?m a fan of Harry Bliss, but I would not recommend this one. ...

    So a girl sneaks out a night in a quest to make enough money to buy a pet guinea pig for her class. She plays music, draws caricatures and dances on a subway pole (with Donald Trump and Woody Allen looking on. EEEWWWW!!) With her pockets full, she sneaks back into her bedroom and becom...

    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 ...

    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...

    Grace, a dark-haired girl wearing glasses (with no eyes showing behind the glasses), and her classmates are reminded by their teacher that Gus, the classroom guinea pig, needs a friend. There is a large glass jar that says Gus Buddy Fund for student contributions. At the end of the...

    Harry Bliss books are always something I look forward to reading; they usually pack a powerful message (this one does) and are visually interesting (as this one is). In nearly wordless graphic form, Bliss tells the story of how Grace, a girl with two dads, climbs out the window of h...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Grace's elementary school class has a pet guinea pig, Gus. When the class decides to raise money to buy a buddy for Gus, Grace goes all out. After kissing her two dads goodnight, she sneaks out the window and spends the whole night earning money in a wild romp through her city and it's...

    On the first read, I thought, oh she sneaks out to raise money for a new guinea pig. Cute, if a bit pedestrian. It was on the second and third reads that I noticed the background details and the inside joke parade. At first, I noticed the funny things happening in the background, li...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I liked the goofy dreamlike storytelling of this graphic novel geared toward kids. It seemed a little like Tina Belcher's daydreams on Bob's Burgers, and those are hilarious. I got some of the references to other artists, but did not catch them all (some of which are disturbing/social ...

  • Roben
    Aug 02, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

    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. ...

    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...

    Little girls who sneak out at night to go into the city should not really be the hero of a picture book ...

    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...

    I've read this book 3 times, trying to love it, trying to understand it, trying to figure out if it's more of a book for adults than children. I wish I had access to a classroom full of readers right now so I could hand it off to the intended audience to see what they make of it. ...

    I adored all the visual gags and cameos in this, though I know I only understood a fraction of them. ...

    Everyone needs a little grace in their life. ...

  • Beverly
    Mar 09, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

    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. ...

    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...

    Little girls who sneak out at night to go into the city should not really be the hero of a picture book ...

    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...

  • Kristin
    Apr 20, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

  • Stephanie Bange
    May 26, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

    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. ...

    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...

    Little girls who sneak out at night to go into the city should not really be the hero of a picture book ...

    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...

    I've read this book 3 times, trying to love it, trying to understand it, trying to figure out if it's more of a book for adults than children. I wish I had access to a classroom full of readers right now so I could hand it off to the intended audience to see what they make of it. ...

    I adored all the visual gags and cameos in this, though I know I only understood a fraction of them. ...

    Everyone needs a little grace in their life. ...

    I'm really disappointed in this book. I love guinea pigs and they're supposed to come in pairs. I get that Bliss was making inside jokes and wanted to include famous New Yorkers. But holy cow was it a bad idea to include two known sex offenders as people cheering Grace on. This story w...

    I really don?t understand the starred reviews for this one. Missed the mark on SO many levels. And I?m a fan of Harry Bliss, but I would not recommend this one. ...

    So a girl sneaks out a night in a quest to make enough money to buy a pet guinea pig for her class. She plays music, draws caricatures and dances on a subway pole (with Donald Trump and Woody Allen looking on. EEEWWWW!!) With her pockets full, she sneaks back into her bedroom and becom...

    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 ...

    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...

    Grace, a dark-haired girl wearing glasses (with no eyes showing behind the glasses), and her classmates are reminded by their teacher that Gus, the classroom guinea pig, needs a friend. There is a large glass jar that says Gus Buddy Fund for student contributions. At the end of the...

    Harry Bliss books are always something I look forward to reading; they usually pack a powerful message (this one does) and are visually interesting (as this one is). In nearly wordless graphic form, Bliss tells the story of how Grace, a girl with two dads, climbs out the window of h...

  • Aliza Werner
    Mar 17, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

  • Stephanie Tournas
    May 21, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

    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. ...

    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...

    Little girls who sneak out at night to go into the city should not really be the hero of a picture book ...

    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...

    I've read this book 3 times, trying to love it, trying to understand it, trying to figure out if it's more of a book for adults than children. I wish I had access to a classroom full of readers right now so I could hand it off to the intended audience to see what they make of it. ...

    I adored all the visual gags and cameos in this, though I know I only understood a fraction of them. ...

    Everyone needs a little grace in their life. ...

    I'm really disappointed in this book. I love guinea pigs and they're supposed to come in pairs. I get that Bliss was making inside jokes and wanted to include famous New Yorkers. But holy cow was it a bad idea to include two known sex offenders as people cheering Grace on. This story w...

    I really don?t understand the starred reviews for this one. Missed the mark on SO many levels. And I?m a fan of Harry Bliss, but I would not recommend this one. ...

    So a girl sneaks out a night in a quest to make enough money to buy a pet guinea pig for her class. She plays music, draws caricatures and dances on a subway pole (with Donald Trump and Woody Allen looking on. EEEWWWW!!) With her pockets full, she sneaks back into her bedroom and becom...

    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 ...

    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...

    Grace, a dark-haired girl wearing glasses (with no eyes showing behind the glasses), and her classmates are reminded by their teacher that Gus, the classroom guinea pig, needs a friend. There is a large glass jar that says Gus Buddy Fund for student contributions. At the end of the...

    Harry Bliss books are always something I look forward to reading; they usually pack a powerful message (this one does) and are visually interesting (as this one is). In nearly wordless graphic form, Bliss tells the story of how Grace, a girl with two dads, climbs out the window of h...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Grace's elementary school class has a pet guinea pig, Gus. When the class decides to raise money to buy a buddy for Gus, Grace goes all out. After kissing her two dads goodnight, she sneaks out the window and spends the whole night earning money in a wild romp through her city and it's...

  • Paula
    May 18, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

    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. ...

    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...

    Little girls who sneak out at night to go into the city should not really be the hero of a picture book ...

  • Kate Buechler
    Mar 11, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

    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. ...

    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...

    Little girls who sneak out at night to go into the city should not really be the hero of a picture book ...

    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...

    I've read this book 3 times, trying to love it, trying to understand it, trying to figure out if it's more of a book for adults than children. I wish I had access to a classroom full of readers right now so I could hand it off to the intended audience to see what they make of it. ...

    I adored all the visual gags and cameos in this, though I know I only understood a fraction of them. ...

  • Michelle MacQueen
    Feb 10, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

    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. ...

    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...

    Little girls who sneak out at night to go into the city should not really be the hero of a picture book ...

    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...

    I've read this book 3 times, trying to love it, trying to understand it, trying to figure out if it's more of a book for adults than children. I wish I had access to a classroom full of readers right now so I could hand it off to the intended audience to see what they make of it. ...

    I adored all the visual gags and cameos in this, though I know I only understood a fraction of them. ...

    Everyone needs a little grace in their life. ...

    I'm really disappointed in this book. I love guinea pigs and they're supposed to come in pairs. I get that Bliss was making inside jokes and wanted to include famous New Yorkers. But holy cow was it a bad idea to include two known sex offenders as people cheering Grace on. This story w...

    I really don?t understand the starred reviews for this one. Missed the mark on SO many levels. And I?m a fan of Harry Bliss, but I would not recommend this one. ...

    So a girl sneaks out a night in a quest to make enough money to buy a pet guinea pig for her class. She plays music, draws caricatures and dances on a subway pole (with Donald Trump and Woody Allen looking on. EEEWWWW!!) With her pockets full, she sneaks back into her bedroom and becom...

    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 ...

    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...

    Grace, a dark-haired girl wearing glasses (with no eyes showing behind the glasses), and her classmates are reminded by their teacher that Gus, the classroom guinea pig, needs a friend. There is a large glass jar that says Gus Buddy Fund for student contributions. At the end of the...

    Harry Bliss books are always something I look forward to reading; they usually pack a powerful message (this one does) and are visually interesting (as this one is). In nearly wordless graphic form, Bliss tells the story of how Grace, a girl with two dads, climbs out the window of h...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Grace's elementary school class has a pet guinea pig, Gus. When the class decides to raise money to buy a buddy for Gus, Grace goes all out. After kissing her two dads goodnight, she sneaks out the window and spends the whole night earning money in a wild romp through her city and it's...

    On the first read, I thought, oh she sneaks out to raise money for a new guinea pig. Cute, if a bit pedestrian. It was on the second and third reads that I noticed the background details and the inside joke parade. At first, I noticed the funny things happening in the background, li...

    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...

    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

    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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

    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. ...

    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...

  • Debbie Smith
    Jul 19, 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 ...

    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily. ...

    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders ...

    Busking for hamsters. ...

    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those a...

    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...

    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guin...

    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. ...

    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...

    Little girls who sneak out at night to go into the city should not really be the hero of a picture book ...

    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...

    I've read this book 3 times, trying to love it, trying to understand it, trying to figure out if it's more of a book for adults than children. I wish I had access to a classroom full of readers right now so I could hand it off to the intended audience to see what they make of it. ...

    I adored all the visual gags and cameos in this, though I know I only understood a fraction of them. ...

    Everyone needs a little grace in their life. ...

    I'm really disappointed in this book. I love guinea pigs and they're supposed to come in pairs. I get that Bliss was making inside jokes and wanted to include famous New Yorkers. But holy cow was it a bad idea to include two known sex offenders as people cheering Grace on. This story w...

    I really don?t understand the starred reviews for this one. Missed the mark on SO many levels. And I?m a fan of Harry Bliss, but I would not recommend this one. ...

    So a girl sneaks out a night in a quest to make enough money to buy a pet guinea pig for her class. She plays music, draws caricatures and dances on a subway pole (with Donald Trump and Woody Allen looking on. EEEWWWW!!) With her pockets full, she sneaks back into her bedroom and becom...

    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 ...

    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...

    Grace, a dark-haired girl wearing glasses (with no eyes showing behind the glasses), and her classmates are reminded by their teacher that Gus, the classroom guinea pig, needs a friend. There is a large glass jar that says Gus Buddy Fund for student contributions. At the end of the...