The Perilous Journey of Gavin the Great: a fable by Don GutteridgeThe Perilous Journey of Gavin the Great: a fable by Don Gutteridge

The Perilous Journey of Gavin the Great: a fable

byDon Gutteridge

Paperback | December 12, 2010

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After a devastating flood destroys Earthwood, Gavin, a young raccoon and Ra-in-waiting, finds himself marooned in a desolate landscape with his two brothers. They set out to find food and shelter, and in their early travels meet up with a number of other survivors. Danger lurks everywhere in the form of a Tallwalker with a gun, and they have a number of narrow escapes before they make a shocking discovery. Gavin, shy and bookish, is a reluctant leader, but he takes on the role and leads the group into Everdark, where they confront grotesquely deformed beasts and a band of giant Squeezels. Using all his wit and store of raccoon lore, Gavin leads his little troupe towards Earthwood, earning his spurs and the honorific, Gavin the Great.

Don Gutteridge was born in Sarnia, Ontario and raised in the nearby village of Point Edward. He graduated with a BA in Honours English from the University of Western Ontario, where he is currently professor emeritus in the Faculty of Education. He is the author of more than thirty books: fiction, poetry and scholarly works. This is his...
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Title:The Perilous Journey of Gavin the Great: a fableFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:December 12, 2010Publisher:Borealis PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:088887412X

ISBN - 13:9780888874122

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fine Fable Reviewed By Tracy A. Fischer for Readers’ Favorite In an excellent read of children's fiction by author Don Gutteridge, The Perilous Journey of Gavin the Great is a story that will take readers down quite a path of adventure. Follow the story of Gavin, a young raccoon, after he and his two brothers find themselves marooned after a terrible flood that destroyed their home, Earthwood. The world that they find themselves in is quite desolate, and survival is certainly not easy. As they find other survivors, and have to rely on each other and their wits to survive the dangers they encounter from a Tallwalker with a gun to the creatures they encounter in Everdark, Gavin has to take on the role of leader. Shy by nature, he's not sure that he wants to do this, but his destiny is also at play, and the survival of the others depends on it. Will our small band of heroes make it? You'll need to read the book to find out. I loved The Perilous Journey of Gavin the Great. Loved. It. It reminded me of one of my all time favorite books, Watership Down, in all of the best ways. Author Don Gutteridge has done a masterful job in creating characters that his readers, especially children, will care about and relate to, even though they are not human. If that isn't a hallmark of a truly gifted author, I'm not sure what is. Any reader, especially young adults and children, who loves a unique and adventurous tale, should absolutely grab this book. I highly recommend The Perilous Journey of Gavin the Great, and look forward to reading more from this wonderful author, Don Gutteridge, as soon as I possibly can!
Date published: 2016-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gavin is great Review of The Perilous Journey of Gavin the Great Western News, October 2013 Loyal readers of Don Gutteridge might know him better through his lushly painted historical fiction, and so it might strike some as an odd detour that he undertook to write a book geared to a younger audience – although it is not unprecedented given this reviewer’s belief that there is some tentative complementarity between the literary foci of both Gutteridge and Saramago. Written in the fable genre, perhaps one could be forgiven for being reminded of Watership Down., but there is always a moral lesson nested in the narrative trials of animal characters. In this case a raccoon by the name of Gavin exemplifies how the challenging circumstances of a devastating deluge can make the most meek and unassuming individual rise to the occasion to become a leader. As Gavin of Earthwood, his brothers and various survivors they attract along the way delve ever deeper into Everdark, they encounter many horrors, but through Gavin’s decisive leadership and the troupe’s teamwork, their difficult quest amidst the nightmarish creatures eventually – according to Gollah’s will – leads them to prosper. The story is peppered with clever and readily identifiable allusions such as Noab’s Arkle, Hex-Calibre, Zeebub, the Arabian Lights, and the Knaves of the Round Tablet, and populated by a very colourful cast of characters, whose names betray their natures. That the story ends happily is no spoiler, for it is truly the journey (which makes Gavin great) that is more important than the destination: what he learns about the maligned and feared Tallwalkers, and the lessons about friendship and leadership that are immediately transferable to audiences both young and old.
Date published: 2016-03-29