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Yuck, a Love Story

by (author) Don Gillmor

illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Apr 2010
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2010
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2


Austin Grouper had a brown dog named Fresco, a best friend named Sternberg, and a red bicycle. His life was full. And then a girl named Amy moves in next door. Austin decides that she, like all girls, is yucky. But when the invitation to her birthday party arrives, it seems the only suitable present for Amy is the moon itself, and Austin is prepared to go to the ends of the earth to get it.

Yuck, a Love Story will strike a familiar chord with anyone who has survived that earth-shattering first crush, and is written with the wit and wisdom of one who has been to the moon and back. Marie-Louise Gay's charming illustrations express a youthful innocence that matches the text perfectly.


About the authors

Don Gillmor is the author of the Libris Award-winning Canada: A People's History as well as six books for children. He was a contributing editor to Saturday Night magazine and has won many awards for journalism. He is currently senior editor of Walrus magazine.

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MARIE-LOUISE GAY has achieved international acclaim as an author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won many awards, including two Governor General’s awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Marie-Louise’s very popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. Her recent books include Any Questions? and Short Stories for Little Monsters. She lives in Montreal.

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Editorial Reviews

"Author Don Gillmor and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay are back with another absolutely hilarious picture book. . . The exuberant zaniness of Gay's watercolour illustrations nicely complements Gillmor's wry sense of humour. Gillmor has taken a relatively simple boy-meets-girl kind of story and given it new life with his ironic eye and comic's gift of timing. Where Gillmor works by way of quiet understatement, Gay's brightly coloured pictures make this goofy love story a big event."
Quill & Quire

"An amusing picture book fantasy with an endearing young protagonist."
School Library Journal

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