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Yuck, a love story /
Don Gillmor, Marie-Louise Gay.
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Toronto : Stoddart Kids, 2000.
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[28] p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
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0773732187 :
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Toronto : Stoddart Kids, 2000.
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"Austin Grouper had a brown dog named Fresco, a best friend named Sternberg, and a red bicycle. His life was full. And then a girl named Amy moves in next door. Austin decides she, like all girls, is yucky. But when the invitation to her birthday party arrives, it seems the only suitable present for Amy is the moon itself. Austin is prepared to go to the ends of the earth to get it.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2000-11-20:
Gillmor and Gay (The Fabulous Song) team up again for a sympathetic account of a childhood crush in this good-natured book, which wisely mentions love only in the title. Austin Grouper says "yuck" when he hears that Amy, a girl his age, has moved in next door. Yet he courts her attention by dressing as a superhero and sculpting a dinosaur out of Popsicle sticks in her yard. " `Dinosaurs had very small brains,' Amy said. She was wearing a blue sweater with horses on it. `So do you,' Austin told her, and went home." On Amy's birthday, Austin doesn't get her an ordinary present. He literally lassoes the moon (alluding to It's a Wonderful Life's romance) and drags it into Amy's backyard, although he never explains why he goes to so much trouble for a girl. Amy accepts his gift politely. Gay, whose round-faced characters recall Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts, pays attention to small details. A loyal brown dog follows Austin everywhere, and Amy's three orange-spotted kittens observe each awkward meeting between the tentative couple. Gillmor portrays Austin's contradictory behavior with understanding, but doesn't sustain the screwball comedy; Amy doesn't tease Austin back, and Austin spends too many spreads alone, wrangling with the moon. The book veers into fantasy rather than developing the everyday drama it so nicely introduces. Ages 4-8. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Don Gillmor is a wonderful writer whose books are possessed of charm and humor, Marie-Louise Gay is a brilliant illustrator whose drawings are possessed of similarly enchanting qualities, and Yuck a Love Story is a terrific example of their extraordinary combined talent. - University of Toronto, Review An amusing picture book fantasy with an endearing young protagonist. - School Library Journal
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Quill & Quire, February 2000
Globe & Mail, June 2000
Publishers Weekly, November 2000
School Library Journal, November 2000
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Every great romance begins with Yuck, a Love Story. Austin's life is perfect until Amy moves in next door. He doesn't understand why a girl has to live beside him, or why girls have to live anywhere for that matter. Despite having no use for Amy, Austin seems to be strangely affected by every comment she makes and everything about her - right down to the bows on her shoes. Yuck, a Love Story will touch the heart of anyone who has survived that earth-shattering first crush, and is written with the wit and wisdom of one who has been to the moon and back. Marie-Louise Gay's charming illustrations express a youthful innocence that matches the text perfectly.
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Every great romance begins with Yuck, a Love Story. Austin_s life is perfect until Amy moves in next door. He doesn_t understand why a girl has to live beside him, or why girls have to live anywhere for that matter. Despite having no use for Amy, Austin seems to be strangely affected by every comment she makes and everything about her - right down to the bows on her shoes. Yuck, a Love Story will touch the heart of anyone who has survived that earth-shattering first crush, and is written with the wit and wisdom of one who has been to the moon and back. Marie-Louise Gay_s charming illustrations express a youthful innocence that matches the text perfectly.
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Austin Grouper develops a crush on the girl next door and, to prove his love, lassos the moon as a gift.

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