Gus, with his mother, the baby, and the cat, flies from Oregon to Washington, D.C., to join Daddy, while the van turns up...

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A SMOOTH MOVE

Gus, with his mother, the baby, and the cat, flies from Oregon to Washington, D.C., to join Daddy, while the van turns up ten days later. It's not all smooth--the movers come so early that they pack not only the dirty dishes but the unbaked bread, and the van is delayed by a mud-slide in Utah while the family stays in a hotel. But it all works out, and some of it is fun--camping out with old friends in the empty Oregon house the last night, making new friends by telling them the funny (if worrisome) tale of the bread that may rise to overwhelm the van's contents, finding a new teacher with the wit to respond to the comment on Gus' report card that he is a talker by saying, ""Talkers make good storytellers."" An eventful, true-to-life story that should appeal to families involved with a move. Gus seems to be five or six; this could be used either as a picture book or an easy reader. Shute's casually humorous, detailed black-and-white illustrations suggest that she is an admirer of Trina Schart Hyman, though they lack Hyman's delicate perfection.

Pub Date: July 1, 1987

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Albert Whitman

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1987