Gatsby’s Grand Adventure, 2, by Barbara Cairns


We enjoyed Gatsby’s first grand adventure so much, I think we should take a look at his second.

If you remember, Gatsby is the cat that lives with Miss Annabelle. He just can’t resist jumping into the paintings in Miss Annabelle’s art gallery. His first adventure was with the boys playing snap the whip in Winslow Homer’s “Snap the Whip.” The second adventure, by Barbara Cairns, is titled Gatsby’s Grand Adventure, 2: August Renoir’s “The Apple Seller.”

Everything would be fine if Gatsby remembered to leave the paintings before daybreak. But sometimes, time gets away from him.

That’s what happened when Gatsby is chased up a tree by the little black dog in Pierre August Renoir’s “The Apple Seller.” The apple seller with her basket of apples, two little girls, and the mother of the two girls, run after the animals, and finally, one of the little girls scoops up the dog. He escapes from her, but in the meantime, Gatsby gets away and returns to the art gallery. UT OH! He left behind a mess!

It takes Gatsby two more nights of jumping into the painting to set things straight.

Eugene Ruble’s illustrations again show Gatsby as the enthusiastic, bouncy ball of grey and white fur. The line drawings filled with watercolor depict the scenery and characters of the story in pleasant pastels with lots of movement and activity. In contrast, the apple seller is dressed in dark colors and the little dog is black. The apples are a delicious red.

It’s a treat to see a small reproduction of Renoir’s “The Apple Seller,” rendered in the artist’s soft, feathery style. The biography of Renoir at the end of the book is an excellent introduction to this great artist.

Mrs. Cairns has promised us more adventures starring the inquisitive cat, Gatsby.

Gatsby Grand Adventures series can be found at Guardian Angel Publishing bookstore, as well as other bookstores.


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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Penelope Anne Cole
    Oct 06, 2013 @ 03:01:25

    Nice review, Barbara. Wishing Barbara much success with her “artful” series!


  2. Barbara Cairns
    Oct 06, 2013 @ 09:09:18

    Thanks, Barbara for your support of the Gatsby series.(Watch for Gatsby in Gainsborough, Franz Marc, Van Gogh and Cassatt paintings ahead!)
    Barb Cairns


  3. Nancy Stewart
    Oct 06, 2013 @ 09:25:37

    Terrific review, Barbara, as always. Such a darling book!


  4. barbarabockman
    Oct 06, 2013 @ 11:01:56

    Hi Penny, Barbara’s series is “artful” in more ways than one.

    Thanks for the alert, Barbara. This is a great series.


  5. mirkabreen
    Oct 06, 2013 @ 15:37:08

    Love that cat!


  6. Janet Ann Collins
    Oct 06, 2013 @ 21:21:59

    Barbara does a good job getting kids interested in art in a fun way. And this is a good review.


  7. tinamcho
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 02:28:47

    Fun premise, and kids can learn some art history along the way!


  8. barbarabockman
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 22:20:15

    Hi Mirka, Janet Ann, and Tina,
    Thanks for dropping by. I agree, this is a very fine series.


  9. barlouca
    Oct 14, 2013 @ 12:39:45

    Thanks so much, Barbara. i appreciate your time and support.

    Barb C.


  10. barbarabockman
    Oct 14, 2013 @ 16:12:38

    Hi Barb, always glad to review a fellow Guardian Angel author. Great series!


  11. Sherry Ann Holland
    Feb 14, 2014 @ 11:39:56

    Hi Barbara, I’m trying to get in touch with you. I’m Bluebird’s daughter. Love, Sherry


  12. Heather
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 09:25:37

    Hi Barbara! My name is Heather and I was wondering if you would be willing to answer a question about your blog! If you could email me at Lifesabanquet1(at)gmail(dot)com I would greatly appreciate it!


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