Yuck, A Love Story

byDon GillmorIllustratorMarie-louise Gay

March 1, 2000|
Yuck, A Love Story by Don Gillmor
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Love can compel you to do strange things. You might find yourself travelling through 22 assorted countries, for instance, all tangled up in rope and ships and trucks because you lassooed the moon. That’s what befalls the taciturn yet truly romantic young hero of Don Gillmor’s enchanting book about first love. After Amy moves in next door to Austin Grouper, life changes forever. Even though Austin’s a boy’s boy, with a brown dog, a red bicycle and a best buddy, Sternberg, something about his golden-haired neighbour moves him. Of course, at first, his only comment on the fairer sex is… “Yuck.” But after dressing up as Impossible Man and building a life-size skeleton of the Apatosaurus from Popsicle sticks to impress the equally blunt Amy, it’s clear that love is in the air for Austin. How far he’s prepared to go is the enchanting premise of the dryly funny Yuck, A Love Story, superbly rendered by Governor General Award-winner Marie-Louise Gay’s swirl of glowing colours and fanciful characters. After Austin reins in the moon as the penultimate birthday present for Amy, battered and with a bite taken out of it by a polar bear, he feels triumphant. This, he reasons, is something a girl simply can’t ignore! Sure enough, a shared bite of the yucky green cheese is enough to solidify a truly great romance in this imaginative tale of youthful devotion.

Title:Yuck, A Love Story
Product dimensions:26 pages, 10.75 X 8.5 X 0.37 in
Shipping dimensions:26 pages, 10.75 X 8.5 X 0.37 in
Published:March 1, 2000
Publisher:Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780773732186

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