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Publishers Weekly Review
Graeme Base gives an old favorite new life with the abridged, pop-up version of My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch. Pelicans flap their cardboard wings while wombats, bandicoots and Australian wildlife pose in pictures. Missing from this adaptation, however, is the key naming the animals in the illustrations (Abrams, $19.95, 18p, all ages ISBN 0-8109-4288-7 Dec.). (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
School Library Journal Review
Gr 1-5 Tall tales should start from a believable base, and Grandma is sufficiently eccentric and spirited to convince readers that she just might ride a kangaroo around town and dine with emus. Children will be delighted by her many strange adventures, shared with a menagerie of Australian animals, in this beautifully illustrated story-poem. Best known for Animalia (Abrams, 1987), Base alternates between subdued sepia-toned line drawings and richly colored, very detailed illustrations that burst the boundaries of oversized, double-page layouts. Realism and exaggeration are blended almost perfectly and complement the poem's humor. This is a good choice for group use, as children will enjoy trying to find Grandma in several scenes. Certainly not an essential purchase, but a fun way to meet Australia's unique animals and an exciting new illustrator. Jeanette Larson, Mesquite Public Library, Tex. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Horn Book Review
In this pop-up version of the book, monochrome illustrations alternate with vividly detailed pages. The delightful rhyming text describes the narrator's eccentric grandmother who communed with Australia's native creatures and ventured into the sea one day, never to be seen again. The pop-ups are fun but add little to the humorous tale. From HORN BOOK 1995, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Book Review
An Australian import that celebrates the continent's wildlife with a fantastic tale about Grandma's life ""nowhere much near anywhere/That shows up on the map."" In rollicking doggerel well-seasoned with place and animal names, Base details Grandma's house, ""a jumbled maze of tin and canvas,/Bits of string and wood,"" where she entertains the rambunctious beasts till the day she flies via pelican to the sea--and then disappears on her blow-up horse while her friend the wombat sleeps. Though the verse is forced (and not as funny as it might be) and the detailed sepia drawings accompanying it seem flat and static, the alternating textless double-spreads bring the creatures and their antics--in both natural and unnatural habitats--to three-dimensional life in richly glowing colors. There is a key to 22 of these animals on the endpapers; they're probably worth the price of the book. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.