- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Tundra Books (Feb. 9 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1770498095
- ISBN-13: 978-1770498099
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 0.9 x 23.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 240 g
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
If I Had a Gryphon Hardcover – Feb 9 2016
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“Just right after all. VanSickle delivers lean, bouncy verse and an impressive array of offbeat creatures, while Atkinson's illustrations are bold and hint at dynamic motion.” - Kirkus Review
“VanSickle’s rhymes are unflaggingly exuberant as the girl puts up with noisy harpies, biting chupacabras, and mischievous fairies, and Atkinson fills the pages with visual comedy.” - Publishers Weekly
“[T]he whimsical, rhyming story of a girl’s desire for the perfect pet is a fun and fabulous examination of being careful what you wish for and happy with what you have.” - Quill & Quire
"The illustrations are full of texture, colour, action, and emotion, capturing both the silliness of the story as well as the striking beauty of the creatures being described. A perfect match for the fantastical and fun tale being told .... The humorous storyline, the strong rhyming scheme, and the bold illustrations by Cale Atkinson make If I Had a Gryphon a marvellous addition to the picture book genre. Sure to be a favourite among fantasy fans and those contemplating what their perfect pet might be—mythical or otherwise!” - CM Magazine
About the Author
Vikki VanSickle is the author of the acclaimed Clarissa books, including Words that Start with B, Love Is a Four-Letter Word and Days that End in Y. Vikki's most recent middle grade novel, Summer Days, Starry Nights, has been called "Summer reading at its best" and is a finalist for the 2015 Red Maple Award. After obtaining an MA in Children's Literature from UBC, Vikki's career began in bookselling at The Flying Dragon Bookshop, which earned her the 2011 CBA Young Bookseller of the Year award. She is a popular children's lit blogger and is frequently called upon to speak about kids' books for radio panels, conferences, and as Lainey Gossip's YA mentor! Currently she balances writing with her duties as the Marketing and Publicity Manager for Young Readers at Penguin Canada. The author lives in Toronto, ON.
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As Sam finds, however, as brilliant as it might seem to have a unicorn, a gryphon, or a kraken as a pet, there are often major downsides to having a mythological beast as a pet! For example, unicorns are extremely shy and will never come out to play with friends, gryphons have to fly every day no matter how dark or scary the weather, and you can only play with your pet kraken if you have your scuba suit on! After a while, it begins to look as though having a hamster might not be so bad after all. Vikki’s dynamic and bouncy rhyming text, coupled with Cale Atkinson’s beyond adorable and spirited illustrations make for some perfectly fun reading here. Atkinson’s full-page illustrations do great justice to bringing Vikki’s flawless, cheery text to life; not only that, he also manages to make even the most potentially frightening beasts and creatures (like a manticore, sasquatch or dragon) look altogether snuggly and sweet-natured.
Any readers who love fun and energetic rhyming stories, those looking for an exceedingly fun read aloud (with a little surprise at the end!), or those who love a great picture book about fantastical creatures might definitely want to check If I Had a Gryphon out. Readers who enjoy pictures books by authors such as Dev Petty, Kes Gray, Elise Gravel, Josh Funk, Ed Vere or Ben Clanton, might especially love this delightful read.
I received a copy of this title courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and comments are my own.
-Michelle @ Fab Book Reviews
When Sam gets a hamster for a pet, she is a bit underwhelmed. She imagines what owning grander (and imaginary) pets might look like and discovers that they would hold their own excitement. Perhaps a bit too much. She thinks about owning a dragon, a gryphon, a hippogriff, a kraken and many others. They all pose their own problems. Imagine what happens when a dragon sneezes? Or the fact that you need the proper gear to hang with your pet kraken.
The prose is in perfect lilting rhyme. I had to find someone to read it out loud to, and it was perfectly metered. And the illustrations are the best! I laughed out loud at the story and pics and I know younger readers will too. This will be on my gift list for friends and family with young readers.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Random House of Canada Limited, Tundra Books, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this hilarious ebook.
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