Grace for Gus by Harry Bliss

Grace for Gus

Bestselling cartoonist and master visual storyteller Harry Bliss has concocted a delightful, near wordless graphic picture book with nods to famous cartoons, cultural icons, and the secret lives that creative people make for themselves.Grace is the quiet girl in the class. And Gus is the class guinea pig.Grace knows that Gus is lonely, and so she sets off one night to help out her furry friend.Wherever she goes, Grace amazes and delights as she ...

Details Grace for Gus

TitleGrace for Gus
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fiction

Reviews Grace for Gus

  • Betsy
    What are the long term benefits of reviewing children’s books on the internet over an extended amount of time? The detriments? Of the benefits I can give only the standard “Maybe I get better” response. The detriments are much more interesting. It is possible that reviewing only children’s literature in a kind of overwrought long-form, the reviewer an elevated sense of importance and self worth. A kind of “I’ve been doing this so long...
  • Aliza Werner
    I'm having trouble getting past a child doing gymnastic tricks on a subway pole while Woody Allen and Donald Trump leer on creepily.
  • Kristin
    A book about a girl who wants to help raise money for her class pet seems sweet. However, having the girl sneak out in the middle of the night to do street art and performance, including pole dancing in the subway is not. Donald Trump and Woody Allen are even drawn in as subway riders cheering her on. How are two adult men with sexual assault allegations against them appropriate pop culture icons to have added to that scene? Not sure of the messa...
  • Donalyn
    One of those times when professional review publications adored a book and I just didn’t feel it. The emotional attachment between the girl and the hamster didn’t play through. The whole seemed like a device to plant cultural references and asides into the images. Also, why would a children’s illustrator show Woody Allen watching a young girl dancing? Bizarre. Is this a book for kid readers who won’t get most of the references, anyway? Ha...
  • DaNae
    Busking for hamsters.
  • Nancy Kotkin
    In this mostly wordless graphic picture book, Grace's second-grade class is raising money to purchase a companion for the class pet guinea pig. So Grace goes out busking in her midtown Manhattan neighborhood to raise funds. First, she plays her violin in a subway station, then she draws caricatures for $3 a piece, and finally she does acrobatics on a subway pole on her way home. Grace is quite a talented seven-year-old. This story is a reminder t...
  • Destinee Sutton
    I enjoyed this nearly wordless comic-book-style story about a girl raising money to buy a friend for her class' pet. Then I read it again paying closer attention to the background. That's when I noticed Donald Trump and Woody Allen. How out of touch do you have to be to put those alleged creepers in a children's book? (Especially in a scene where they are watching a young girl dance.) The book is full of references children will not understand, s...
  • Amy
    I was influenced by the positive professional reviews and now I wish I hadn't bought it for the library. While there are entertaining sight gags and some clever pop cultural references, I was not impressed by the story or convinced of the emotional connection between Grace and the guinea pig. One look is not enough to cause a midnight escapade through the city. But what most turned me off was the scene in the subway when Woody Allen and Donald Tr...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Wordless picture book. I was thinking it would be more of a graphic novel picture book. I don't put wordless picture books in my middle school library. I know they could have their uses, but the public library has a good collection if teachers want them.
  • Munro's Kids
    This one is entirely in the details.I admit I skimmed it the first time through, and it was a disservice to this very clever and detail-packed book. In order to really enjoy this book, you have to slow down and look for all the cameos and hidden bits within each scene.Tons of comic references are in here, including Calvin & Hobbes, Peanuts, Tintin, Mad Magazine, and plenty more. There are also a few famous people drawn in, like Woody Allen, Vince...
  • molliekay
    I'm really disappointed in this book. I love guinea pigs and they're supposed to come in pairs. I get that Bliss was making inside jokes and wanted to include famous New Yorkers. But holy cow was it a bad idea to include two known sex offenders as people cheering Grace on. This story would have been much better without the Easter eggs. Just one more example that it takes more than people think to write quality children's books.
  • Kim
    So a girl sneaks out a night in a quest to make enough money to buy a pet guinea pig for her class. She plays music, draws caricatures and dances on a subway pole (with Donald Trump and Woody Allen looking on. EEEWWWW!!) With her pockets full, she sneaks back into her bedroom and become the hero of her class when she fills the money jar. Wrong on so many levels.
  • Paula
    Little girls who sneak out at night to go into the city should not really be the hero of a picture book
  • Beverly
    As you read this book to your child, be sure to check out the illustrations. It's not often that you see Frankenstein driving a car next to an old truck owned by Sanford and Son. The illustrator has included little bits and pieces in the background that will entertain the adult readers while you entertain your child. There's even a poster for "Fun Home" in the subway. A school class is attempting to raise the funds to care for a hamster. In one s...
  • Mary Lee
    I've read this book 3 times, trying to love it, trying to understand it, trying to figure out if it's more of a book for adults than children. I wish I had access to a classroom full of readers right now so I could hand it off to the intended audience to see what they make of it.
  • Kate Buechler
    I adored all the visual gags and cameos in this, though I know I only understood a fraction of them.
  • Roben
    Everyone needs a little grace in their life.
  • Shauna Yusko
    I really don’t understand the starred reviews for this one. Missed the mark on SO many levels. And I’m a fan of Harry Bliss, but I would not recommend this one.
  • Meredith
    I enjoyed all of the details in the pictures that only adults might get, but the story itself ... eh. One huge issue I had is ... if she snuck out after her bedtime, how was it possibly light out enough to be doing caricatures in the park, and why were there so many other kids out and about? Sometimes I just cannot suspend disbelief.
  • Alida
    I really wanted to give more stars to this book. I truly enjoyed the visual gags and little puns on the book covers. I also liked very much the story. But the book left a bitter taste as soon as the pedophile/abuser was shown in 4 panels during the subway scene. I'm aware that he's a NYC institution, but he's the only one that gets 4 panels. One would have been more than enough. His book to include whomever her wants, my review to express my opin...
  • Debbie Smith
    Grace, a dark-haired girl wearing glasses (with no eyes showing behind the glasses), and her classmates are reminded by their teacher that Gus, the classroom guinea pig, needs a friend. There is a large glass jar that says Gus Buddy Fund for student contributions. At the end of the school day Grace pets Gus between the eyes, he then licks her finger. She then runs through the streets to get home to her two dads where she eats, helps them clean up...
  • Stephanie Bange
    Harry Bliss books are always something I look forward to reading; they usually pack a powerful message (this one does) and are visually interesting (as this one is).In nearly wordless graphic form, Bliss tells the story of how Grace, a girl with two dads, climbs out the window of her bedroom and hits the streets as a street musician, caricaturist, and pole dancer to raise money to buy a companion guinea pig for their class pet, Gus. Bliss used bl...
  • Erin
    In comic panels, mostly wordless. Gus is a lonely guinea pig in Grace's class but teacher has started a Gus fund so kids can contribute money in a jar and that will buy a new friend for Gus. Grace goes the extra miles and plays music, does art and more to earn money and gives it to Gus's fund and there is a picture of Gus and his guinea pig friend at the end. The teacher is a brown skinned male, there are racially diverse classmates and city resi...
  • Laura (ローラ)
    Grace sneaks out of her house after bedtime to roam the city of New York to make money to buy her class guinea pig a friend. The end.I have a few problems with this. This is neither a kids book nor an adults book. I'm not sure who I could recommend to read it... and that's a problem.As an adult's book, the highlight are the hidden jokes and pop culture references. I don't know why I care that the cartoon is full of pop culture figures. There seem...
  • Tasha
    This is one delightful graphic novel picture book that is almost wordless, making it a great pick as an early graphic novel experience for little children. When Grace is told that the class will contribute to a fund to get their class pet, Gus, a new friend, she decides that she has to help. She heads home through an urban landscape, filled with nods to iconic New York people. Once her fathers are asleep, she heads out into the nighttime city and...
  • Heather
    Nearly wordless comic in which Grace sneaks out of her New York brownstone to raise money to help buy a her class pet Gus, a guinea pig friend. or hamster friend. It’s definitely one of the other but the way Gus is draw changes enough for you to never be totally sure. She busks by playing violin on the subway, drawing caricatures in Central Park, and doing “showtime kids” style acrobatics on a subway car to the applause of a bunch of generi...
  • Stephanie Tournas
    Grace's elementary school class has a pet guinea pig, Gus. When the class decides to raise money to buy a buddy for Gus, Grace goes all out. After kissing her two dads goodnight, she sneaks out the window and spends the whole night earning money in a wild romp through her city and it's subway. She plays music, draws portraits, performs amazing feats of acrobatics, and then comes home before the sun rises, like a modern day Cinderella. Her daring ...
  • Allison
    On the first read, I thought, oh she sneaks out to raise money for a new guinea pig. Cute, if a bit pedestrian.It was on the second and third reads that I noticed the background details and the inside joke parade. At first, I noticed the funny things happening in the background, like a spill in the making, or the rats watching and enjoying Grace's dancing, or a newspaper article about a squirrel landing on Mars. Then I noticed the pop culture/cur...
  • Linda
    It's not quite "all" wordless, but almost. Harry Bliss has created a nice story of quiet young girl Grace whose class holds a fundraiser for Gus, the guinea pig, who needs a friend. In comic book style, the reader understands that Grace has a sweet connection with Gus, and does not tell anyone of her plans to sneak out of her room that night and do all kinds of things to earn money. That part is fun, showing Grace's ability to create in order to ...
  • Michelle MacQueen
    Reviewed for YA Books CentralA cute adventure through New York City.Grace is a spunky girl with many hidden talents. Gus is the class pet. The two of them decide to go out and explore the city, delighting everyone they meet. It's a fun trip for those of us old enough to catch the throwbacks to other comics and New York character cameos, but all of that is lost on a lot of kids. The story, while cute, leaves a bit much to the imagination for the l...