Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Olivier Dunrea
Board Book  Series
For ages 2 to 4
HMH Books for Young Readers, 2007   ISBN: 978-0618747917

Gossie is a little golden yellow gosling who "likes to wear bright red boots." Gossie loves her boots so much that she wears them all the time. Whether she is eating, sleeping, playing, or walking, Gossie's beloved boots are always on her little feet.

Then, one morning, she wakes up to discover that her boots are missing. They are not under the hens, or in the barn, or under her bed. They are nowhere to be found and Gossie is quite "heartbroken" at her loss. Then she sees something quite extraordinary and Gossie's world changes a great deal – for the better.

There is no doubt that Gossie the gosling is one of the funniest and sweetest bird characters around. Even though she is very small, Olivier Dunrea manages to give Gossie a very large and expressive personality. With minimal backgrounds and delicate touches of color and detail, Olivier Dunrea puts his wonderful gosling in the limelight – which is just where she should be.