Winner of the 2000 Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration
Finalist for the CBA Illustrator of the Year Award
Every great romance begins with Yuck, a Love Story.
Austin’s life is perfect until Amy moves in next door. He doesn’t understand why a girl has to
live beside him, or why girls have to live anywhere for that matter. Despite having no use for Amy, Austin seems to be strangely affected by every comment she makes and everything about her — right down to the bows on her shoes.
Yuck, a Love Story will touch the heart of 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.
"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
"This charming picture book beautifully captures the confusion and mixed-upness that comes with having a first crush. With gentle touches of humor, Marie-Louise Gay’s illustrations perfectly capture Austin’s muddled up feelings, and his determination to give Amy something truly memorable for her birthday."
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 both it and The Christmas Orange were nominated for the Governor General's Award for text.
Marie-Louise Gay is no ordinary author/illustrator. For more than twenty years she has delighted children and parents with endearing characters who inhabit their own magical realms. The winner of many awards for children's writing and illustration, including three Governor General's Awards, two Canadian Library Association Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon medals, and a Canada Council Children's Literature Prize for illustration, Marie-Louise Gay was recently awarded the 2006 Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature. Marie-Louise was born in Quebec City. As a child she lived in Sherbrooke, Montreal, Oakville and Vancouver. She now lives in Montreal.
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