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Where is Gah-Ning? [Paperback]

Robert Munsch , Helene Desputeaux
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Sept. 1 1994 Classic Munsch

Gah-Ning wants to go to Kapuskasing, that bustling hub of Northern Ontario civilization. But her father doesn't want her to go. He knows what happens to people when they go there--they shop until their money runs out--but she decides to go anyway. First she tries to go by bike, then on roller blades, but each time her father finds out and takes her back home. Then she meets a clown who is giving out balloons. She takes 300 of them and begins floating off down the highway in the direction of...


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PreSchool-Grade 1-A young Chinese-Canadian girl wants to go to the nearby town of Kapuskasing. Her father says, "No way," but Gah-Ning tries anyway, first on her bike, then on rollerblades. Both times, her father catches her and takes her home. She succeeds the third time, though, floating all the way there with the help of 300 balloons. The theme of childhood defiance (and eventual success in getting what you want) is, of course, always popular with children. Munsch mixes contemporary details with a folkloric style in an interesting but not always successful manner. On the whole, the plot is unfocused. The brightly colored, cartoon illustrations suit the story, and the illustrator plays with the design and layout in interesting ways. But even some of the liveliest scenes have a somewhat static look, and the facial expressions of the characters lack subtlety. The author's description of meeting the real Gah-ning is more intriguing than this slight story.
Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Robert Munsch is the author of more than 25 books for children including The Paper Bag Princes and Stephanie's Ponytail. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied to be a Jesuit priest before deciding to work with children instead. He taught in a variety of nursery schools and daycare centers while he earned an MA in Early Childhood Education. In 1975, Munsch and his wife, Ann, moved to Guelph, Ontario. The Munschs have three children: Julie, Andrew, and Tyya (see them all in Something Good!).


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Where is Gah-Ning? is a terrific story for all ages. My 6 year old has loved it for 2 years now,and her 15 month old sister likes it too, especially when read in different voices. Gah-Ning is like many little girls, determined to get to where she wants to go, whether or not her father says no! Additionally, the story takes place in Canada, and my daughter has looked up Kapukasing on a map, and is learning about Canada and its cultures. We look forward to reading more books by Robert Munsch.
Melissa and David Rinn (along with Devon and Hanna)
dmdhr@capital.net
Queensbury, NY
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reliable Munsch May 23 2009
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Another of Munsch's enjoyable children's books. When ordering the book online, I thought from the cover and title that it might take place in China, but it is in fact located in Northern Ontario. The family run the local Chinese restaurant, but aside from the mention of the best chicken balls in Canada, Gah-Ning's ethnicity is entirely incidental. Story of Gah-Ning's attempts to get to the shopping mall in the next closet urban center has usual Munsch hyperbole and rhythms, highly enjoyable for parents and kids alike. Art work by Helene Deputeaux is wonderful, even though we are conditioned to associate Munsch with the artwork of Michael Martchenko.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood favorite! Dec 29 2013
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This is a childhood favorite book of mine that I now purchase as an adult to give as gifts to my nephews and other small children. Truly a fun little read about a small Northern Ontario town (which I happen to live in!) with a great price point. Can't ever go wrong with Robert Munsch!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Sept. 1 2013
By Josée
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Like all of Robert Munsch's books, this story is funny and engaging. The artwork is also fabulous. I would recommend to anyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hillarious story of a determined little girl to go a mall. Sept. 30 1997
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Where is Gah-Ning? is a terrific story for all ages. My 6 year old has loved it for 2 years now,and her 15 month old sister likes it too, especially when read in different voices. Gah-Ning is like many little girls, determined to get to where she wants to go, whether or not her father says no! Additionally, the story takes place in Canada, and my daughter has looked up Kapukasing on a map, and is learning about Canada and its cultures. We look forward to reading more books by Robert Munsch.
Melissa and David Rinn (along with Devon and Hanna)
dmdhr@capital.net
Queensbury, NY
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book, you'll enjoy reading it to your kid July 7 2014
By R. S. Russell - Published on Amazon.com
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Fun book, you'll enjoy reading it to your kid. No consequences for the little girl repeatedly disobeying her parents, though. Lost a star for not having a moral. The only lesson to be learned here is do whatever you want, it'll be OK.

Also by R. Munsch:
Try Smelly Socks & Stephanie's Pony Tail, too.
Skip A Promise is a Promise & also I love You Forever.
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids are grown, but this story still enters our conversations March 23 2014
By Laura Gebert - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book at a library sale when my kids were small -- 3 or 4. It was always a favorite, and they will still say they want to go to Kapuskasing when they are bored!
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! Feb. 14 2014
By Rebecca Quan - Published on Amazon.com
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I've enjoyed Robert Munsch's books since I was a little kid and this "Where is Gah-Ning?" has always been one of my favorites. I bought this gift for a Kapuskasing-born friend's baby girl. It's hard to find such fun and cute books that use Northern Ontario as a setting!
5.0 out of 5 stars great for kids and timeless July 13 2013
By ~Allie - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my favorite children's author, I used to read this book to my sons, now my grandsons enjoy the books and the Robert Munsch collection I bought for them. These books are timeless.
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