‘The Orange Book’ – Tuesday’s Look at THIS Book!

*Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room.

The Book: The Orange Book by Richard McGuire (1992, Children’s Universe)

Time to Read: short and sweet

Summary: from the inside cover…”Where do fourteen oranges go fresh from their tree? Follow each, as they make their way in the world. One is off to art school, another to seek fame and fortune on television, another to explore the halls of vaudeville, another…”

Our View: Written and designed by Richard McGuire, this book about a group of traveling oranges was among the earliest to find its way into our book room so that means we’ve been reading it for nearly twenty years together. It never gets old and the illustrations alone will have you searching for more of this talented author ‘s works. The choice of color (orange!) is especially fascinating as you’ll notice in one of our favorite illustrations below. The text for this particular page reads, “One was sent to a sick friend.”


‘Mr. Gumpy’s Outing’ – Look at this Book!

* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room.


Today’s great book: Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham (1970, Henry Holt and Company)

Interesting Facts about the Author: “John Burningham – A Life in Pictures”

Time to Read: we read it just before bed

Summary:  from the inside cover…”Mr. Gumpy lives by a river.  One sunny day he decides to take a ride in his small boat.  It is such a perfect idea, for such a perfect summer day, that he soon has company:  first the children, then the rabbit, the cat, the dog, the pig, the sheep, the chickens, and still others until – Mr. Gumpy’s outing comes to an inevitable but not unhappy, conclusion.”

Best Quote from the Book:  “May I come, please Mr. Gumpy?”  said the pig.  “Very well, but don’t muck about.”

Our View:  I knew very little of the book of John Burningham until I was surprised on my birthday with a large hardback edition of his book, Would You Rather?, a wonderfully illustrated read-aloud that asks the reader all kinds of outlandish questions to determine what they would like to do on a particular day.  When I ran across the book, Mr. Gumpy’s Outing, I immediately knew it was his book because of the familiar illustration on its cover.  His style of drawing is immediately recognizable and interesting, while all the while beckoning the reader to open the book and get reading.  The cadence of the words is also a wonderful example of a superior read-aloud for children.  Teachers/classrooms and families/homes need this book!

Favorite Illustrations from the Book: