Gus and Button by Saxton Freymann

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Remember when Dorothy landed in Oz and the world suddenly burst into color? That's what it's like for Gus and his dog Button when something bright green lands in their monochromatic mushroom land. Through the Howling Woods, across a raging river, as far as the land of Cornucopia, brave Gus (Fun Gus his good friends call him) goes, determined to find the source of this green thing. And find it he does -- a land awash with brilliant color. But Gus, it turns out, has not been paying attention -- in fact, the green thing's not a thing at all!

Fans who've followed the extraordinary development of Saxton Freymann's work, from the emotional faces of How are You Peeling? to the underwater depths of One Lonely Sea Horse and the pumpkin theater of Dr. Pompo's Nose will see a new pinnacle of artistic achievement in this book. Characters, landscapes, action, architecture: Freymann makes you (like Gus) see everything as if for the first time.

 

About Saxton Freymann

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Joost Elffers and Saxton Freymann are the creative forces behind the Play With Your Food series. Mr. Freymann, artist for the series, is also a successful photographer and writer. He lives in New York. Mr. Elffers, originator of the series, is a creative producer and packager of books. He lives in New York. Joost Elffers is the producer of Viking Studio's bestselling The Secret Language of Birthdays, The Secret Language of Relationships, and Play with Your Food. He lives in New York City.
 
Published October 1, 2001 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Definitely on a roll—or more accurately, a rutabaga—the creators of Dr. Pompo’s Nose (2000) assemble another world entirely from photographs of lusciously fresh, cleverly sculpted produce.

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'That is just incredible./ Either you are very brave, or you must be inedible.' " Many rhyming couplets later, the quest ends in the city of Cornucopia, where onion domes rest atop parsnip foundations and pointy-nosed radishes drive cucumber cars.

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