Melanie Metivier Reviews Gary the Seagull
Gary the Seagull by Christian Johnston is a fictional story about a day at the beach and a persistent seagull who wants to steal everyone’s lunch. Gary tries dressing up as several different people in an attempt to fool one of the children in to giving up his lunch.
The child is not fooled and continues to say “shoo bird! Shoo!” while the seagull responds with “rats!” throughout the book. The repetition of that phrase is quickly picked up by young children.
By the middle of the book, my daughter was able to recognize the phrase. She found entertaining and it helped to keep her interest.
The illustrations in this story were very vibrant and eye-catching, which is well-received by young listeners. While the story was a funny exaggeration of a seagull’s actions, I think everyone who has been to the beach can relate to the persistency of the bird.
Melanie Metivier is a mother to two young children, Adeline (2 years) and Harlow (1 month). She has a Bachelor of Health Science from Dalhousie University and previously worked as a Radiological Technologist before deciding to pursue a career in health insurance administration. She enjoys sewing, crafting and going on adventures with her family. Having lived in all three Maritime Provinces, Melanie now raises her daughters with her husband in Moncton.