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.
Don Gillmor is an award-winning journalist and travel writer. As a children's author, he has also been highly successful. The Fabulous Song, illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay, won the Mr. Christie Book Award, and like The Christmas Orange, was nominated for the Governor Generals Award for text.
Marie-Louise Gay is the author and illustrator of numerous children's books. Her long list of honors includes the Governor Generals Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Medal, and the Mr. Christie Book Award. Midnight Mimi, Moonbeam on a Cat's Ear, Fat Charlie's Circus, and Willy Nilly are among her famous books.
"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