Somewhere Else by Gus Gordon

Somewhere Else

George has no interest in exploring the world. He is far too busy at home baking fine pastries. Or so he tells everyone when they invite him along on their wonderful adventures. But when his friend Pascal digs a little deeper, the real reason George will not leave home is finally revealed.

Details Somewhere Else

TitleSomewhere Else
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
PublisherNeal Porter Books
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Animals, Birds, Adventure

Reviews Somewhere Else

  • Linda
    George, a duck, stays home baking pastries as year after year, his friends fly to other wonderful places, “somewhere else”. They’ve tried to get George to go, but he always has an excuse to say “no”. He has more baking to do, yoga lessons, tv watching. When Pascal, George’s bear friend, needs a place for the winter, Pascal admits that he’s sad he hasn’t gone anywhere, and finally admits the real reason. What happens after that sho...
  • Earl
    A charming story of avoiding one's shortcomings and facing one's fear of trying anything new with the aide of friends.
  • Dimity Powell
    A simple story about a duck with a secret failing who goes to great lengths to avoid admitting it to himself or his friends until Pascal's kindness and patience gently draws it from him, told intricately so that this picture book becomes a visual feast. Beguiling characters and consuming artwork allows this Gus Gordon's latest offering to truly take readers, somewhere else. Top marks.
  • Tasha
    George Laurent is not like other birds. He doesn’t go anywhere, not flying south or north, just staying at home. He always had something delicious cooking in his oven and the other birds would come and visit. They would invite him on their next adventure, but George would always decline and have some kind of excuse. When winter arrived, George met Pascal, a bear, out in the cold. George tries a series of excuses to explain why he is still there...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Gordon, Gus Somewhere Else. PICTURE BOOK. Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan), 2017. $18. 9781626723498While most birds fly elsewhere for the winter, George stays put. He's too busy to explore -- or so he tells everyone. But when a friendly bear stops by, George finally confesses the truth behind his reluctance to leave home. Can the bear help George discover new places, or is this bird destined to be a homebody forever?This story is adorable and fil...
  • Bella
    The story is typical kids' stuff but I am a sucker for it every time. I am particularly fond of the graphic.
  • Heather
    A charming book for anyone who loves travel or French or has experienced disappointment and deferred dreams.
  • robyn
    I loved Loved LOVED this book! Just loved it!!
  • Gayle
    A bit long, but funny and sweet with utterly charming illustrations.
  • RhiannaH
    A lovely book that illustrates how help from our friends can encourage us to be braver and to live outside our comfort zone.
  • KC
    Multi media use in this great adventure tale.
  • Beth
    That mixed media artwork is fabulously fun.
  • Ampersand Inc.
    This is the charming story of George, a duck who can’t fly, and Pascale Lombard his bear friend who helps him out. It manages to be somehow both sentimental and hilarious, and the collage illustrations can’t be beat!
  • Edward Sullivan
    Pascal discovers the real reason why his friend George refuses to fly anywhere. A charming, warmhearted story.
  • Figgy
    Review to come.
  • Karen Abbott
    George loves his home and baking and entertaining his friends. Why would he want to leave and fly south? Or any direction for that matter? His friend pushes the point and discovers that George has a secret. On the day that the other ducks learned to fly, George was distracted and never learned how to take to wing. His loyal friend decides to help him. Their efforts at wing'd flight prove futile, but undeterred they build a hot air balloon and are...
  • Barbara
    Despite his friends' efforts to persuade him to travel and visit some of the world's most beautiful places, George, a duck, insists that he's quite content at home. After all, he's terribly busy and often baking something yummy to share with others. But after his friend Pascal learns the real reason for his reluctance to travel, Pascal is determined to help him conquer that problem. Nothing works until they build a hot air balloon, which allows G...
  • Francis Thibeault
    La couverture de cet album nous laisse songeur: qu'est-ce qu'un oiseau fait là, à regarder le vol des autres oiseaux? En fait, c'est que Georges, l'oiseau blanc sur la couverture, n'aime pas voyager, tout aussi débordé à la maison qu'à l'extérieur de celle-ci. Mais en s'occupant les mains, Georges passe à côté de quelque chose d'important dans la vie: le plaisir de la découverte. Gus Gordon nous offre ici des illustrations tout à fait...
  • BiblioBickie
    George is an anthropomorphic goose, a homebody who enjoys hearing all the stories of his friends' explorations in faraway places, but he always has an excuse that keeps him from joining them (including a mountain of ironing...). When winter comes, and George is all alone, his non-migrating bear friend comes to visit, wondering why he is still here. George finds the courage to tell him why, and they work together to address the real reason George ...
  • Nicole
    This book was a surprise. The pages are a collage of old advertisements and a simply drawn goose and his friends. Gus is a goose with a lot on his plate. There's usually something cooking in his oven or any of a number of hobbies that keep him busy. But no matter what has his attention, he's far too busy to fly away for the winter. This funny story is full of Gus' excuses as he and his friends banter over the merits of staying home or travel. Whe...
  • BrookesEducationLibrary
    A charming story of a bird called George who can't fly and has made excuses for this inability to go places when friends have invited him to go, instead he stays home year round making fabulous cakes and pastries instead. That is, until his friend, Pascal comes to stay for the winter and together they work through George's fears and take those longed for trips! A great book about overcoming your fears and living your dreams! Really great illustra...
  • Darinda
    George is a bird who never flies north, or south... or anywhere. He always stays home. All his friends visit on their way to amazing places, but he never joins them. One day, he meets Pascal, a bear, who is also alone. When Pascal learns George's secret of why he never joins his friends on their travels Pascal offers to help. A cute story about facing one's fears and learning something new. Adorable illustrations.
  • Juliana Lee
    George was different from other birds. Other birds fly north or south, George preferred to stay home and bake. All his bird friends encouraged him to fly away with them, but George always found something else to do instead. Then one winter, after all the other birds had gone, George admitted to his friend, Pascal the bear, that he didn't know how to fly. So George and Pascal devise a way to fly away for the winter.
  • Mary
    I wanted to like this book even more than I did but there were a lot of missed opportunities within. I really loved the illustrations! The story was good and definitely a read-aloud for grades K-2nd. However, there could have been way better connections between what the friend ate, what place they wanted to visit, and what George's excuse was for not being able to go.
  • Jillian
    I liked it - it has charm and whimsy, and although sometimes it comes right up to the edge of "trying too hard," it never quite crosses it.The illustrations can be a bit exhausting at first, until I just learned to tune out some of the busy-ness.The story overall is quite nice - I liked that George AND Pascal got to go on adventures!
  • Maria
    George isn't your typical bird, he is too busy to travel. All his friends invite him to see their favorite places, but George just always happens to be really busy baking, reading, writing, ironing, you name it! But one day, George's friend Pascal finds out the real reason George won't travel.
  • Kelly
    Not a huge fan, but I think kids would like it. I didn't like the illustrations; some were straight out illustrations, other additions to the pages appear to be photos and a hodge-podge of other stuff. It was distracting to me.
  • Cornelius Library
    George isn't your typical bird, he is too busy to travel. All his friends invite him to see their favorite places, but George just always happens to be really busy baking, reading, writing, ironing, you name it! But one day, George's friend Pascal finds out the real reason George won't travel.
  • Elaine
    Quirky cute book with a European vibe (author is Australian) about a duck who allegedly doesn't travel/migrate because he's just too busy with baking and other homebody tasks. A bear-friend encourages flight in a number of creative and comical ways and eventually the odd pair succeeds together.
  • Jj
    Yes, yes, yes. Gus Gordon gives us another sweet friendship story that comes across as authentic in its tone. I noticed that this is a story about working through fear/anxiety which never actually mentions those emotions by name or waves the whole thing in the reader's face. Bravo.