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Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Helene Desputeaux Toronto, Annick Press, 1994. unpaged, paper
ISBN 1-55037-982-8 (paper) $4.95, ISBN 1 55037-983-6 (library binding) $14.95.
Distributed by Firefly Books. CIP

Subject Headings:
Shopping-Juvenile fiction.
Travel-Juvenile fiction.
Fathers and daughters-Fiction.

Preschool-grade 3 / Ages 4-8

Reviewed by Ila D. Scott

Volume 22 Number 5
1994 October

Gah-Ning wants to go to Kapuskasing even though her father is reluctant to take her. Determinedly, she sets out down the road, first on her bicycle and then her roller-blades, only to have father bring her back. He lectures her on the dangers of travelling alongside trucks, cars, buses and motorcycles. The next day she visits the library, where a clown is giving out balloons after a performance. Gah-Ning asks for 300 balloons, whereupon she floats off to Kapuskasing.

This typical Robert Munsch offering is a simple story rendered with some repetitive phrasing that allows anticipation of what happens next. A zany plot, comical humour, a determined young protagonist and a frazzled parent all contribute to the fun. Part of the "Munsch for Kids" series, it will serve either as an easy reading selection or as a read-aloud book.

The book is further enhanced by the spectacular artwork of Helene Desputeaux. She has executed full-colour double-page spreads and riotous illustrations that complement the text with humour and sensitivity.

Gah-Ning will make a good addition to the Munsch collection in school and public libraries.

Recommended for purchase.

Ila D. Scott is Assistant Reference/Collections Librarian at the Herbert T. Coutts Library, University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta

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