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This child and their parent are almost ready for story time–but first, they must find the perfect seat! This cozy picture book by Drawn Together author Minh Lê takes readers through various opposites (“Too rough! Too slippery!”) as his characters search for just the right spot. Adorable art by acclaimed illustrator Gus Gordon invites adults and children to giggle all the way through to the heartwarming ending, when the answer falls right into their laps.
I am the author of Drawn Together (winner of the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature) illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, Let Me Finish! (named an NPR Best Book of 2016) illustrated by Isabel Roxas, and The Perfect Seat illustrated by Gus Gordon (all published by Disney-Hyperion). I am also writing Green Lantern: Legacy, a graphic novel (illustrated by Andie Tong) for the new DC Comics middle grade imprint, DC Zoom. In addition to writing books, I have written for a variety of publications, including the New York Times, The Horn Book, NPR, and HuffPost.
Gus Gordon is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and author. He has illustrated and written over 80 books for children.
His illustrations are known for their loose and energetic line work, mixed media and humour. His writing is always anthropomorphic – where animals take the place of humans in the narrative. He attributes this to his love of Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in The Willows. His picture book ‘Herman and Rosie’ (Penguin), a musical love story set in New York, was sold at auction in New York to US publisher Neal Porter Books (Macmillan) and has since been sold into twelve countries. It has been adapted for the stage by several theatre companies, was chosen as the ‘Read for Australia’ book and won the 2013 CBCA ‘Honour Award’ for best picture book. It has also been shortlisted for the German Youth Literature Award, the Sakura Medal in Japan, the Kirico book awards in Spain, the Les Incorruptibles prize in France and the Premio Anderson Children’s Book awards in Italy.
In 2016 Gus was nominated for the prestigious 2017 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA). It is the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature.
Gus’s latest picture book ‘Somewhere Else’ was recently published by Penguin Australia and is soon be released in the US with Neal Porter Books.
Gus is represented by Charlie Olsen of Inkwell Management.
He lives with his wife and three kids on the Northern beaches of Sydney.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE PERFECT SEAT, US Only.
The Perfect Seat is a cute children’s book by Minh Le and Gus Gordon. I received a PDF copy for my review on this blog tour. Minh Le has another picture book in a similar vein as The Perfect seat titled Drawn Together.
The Perfect Seat is about an adult and child moose searching for the perfect seat to sit and read a book in. Together the child and adult travel around their town trying different places to sit until they find the right one. They list the reasons why the seat isn’t right as they discard possibilities like, “Too rough” and “too slippery”.
In the book description the two characters are described as a parent and their child, however this isn’t stated anywhere in the book. Oddly, the child isn’t the one who starts the quest for the perfect seat, the adult is. And the seats which the two try out are impractical in some cases like the fire hydrant the two try to sit on. Or discarded for silly reasons, like the large couch which is deemed to be “too big”.
My favorite part of the story is the ending, where the parent and child finally find their seat and get to read their story. It’s cute and fun without a lot of words and is great for young learners who are new to reading. However, the pair do find themselves in some preposterous situations and parents can use the book as an additional learning tool to discuss what are safe and unsafe places for a child to be or for a child to do.
Overall, I like it. 4 out of 5 stars.
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