The Gawgon and the Boy

The Gawgon and the Boy A riotousy funny and deeply personal story of wonder discovery and friendship full of eccentric characters and fantastical adventures by one of America s best loved authors When David falls ill his

  • Title: The Gawgon and the Boy
  • Author: Lloyd Alexander
  • ISBN: 9780142500002
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Paperback
  • A riotousy funny and deeply personal story of wonder, discovery and friendship, full of eccentric characters and fantastical adventures, by one of America s best loved authors When David falls ill his tough old Aunt Annie offers to tutor him, and he soon grows fond of The Gawgon, as he nicknames her because of her resemblance to the terrifyuing Gawgon Medusa of Greek mythA riotousy funny and deeply personal story of wonder, discovery and friendship, full of eccentric characters and fantastical adventures, by one of America s best loved authors When David falls ill his tough old Aunt Annie offers to tutor him, and he soon grows fond of The Gawgon, as he nicknames her because of her resemblance to the terrifyuing Gawgon Medusa of Greek myth Together they embark on exciting imaginary adventures rescuing King Tut s treasure, scaling mountains and outwitting master criminals.

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    1. The Gawgon and The Boy doesn’t follow Lloyd Alexander’s usual pattern of larger-than-life characters and wild adventure. However, the main characters are equally as charming and more endearing in their realism. Being a teacher who longs to make a connection and truly reach my students, I loved the relationship between the Boy (David) and the Gawgon (Aunt Annie). I would be honored to be anyone’s ‘Gawgon.’Eleven-year-old David is recovering from a deathly case of pneumonia and the famil [...]

    2. I enjoyed the final section, after (view spoiler)[the Depression hits and the family moves away from Philadelphia much less, but the rest was very good. Really liked the Gawgon and wish I'd had a teacher like that. (hide spoiler)]

    3. This is rather more bittersweet a tale than I had come to expect from Alexander, even though I know full well that is is capable of and quite willing to engage the full range of human emotion even in "children's" books. Having met him as a child myself, I am only too aware that he does not condescend merely because of youth. And perhaps such an approach might be expected in a semi-autobiographical story written so late in life, over sixty years removed from whatever events inspired it, and perha [...]

    4. What a strange book! The Gawgon and the Boy isn't up there with Lloyd Alexander's best, but it's not a waste of time. The relationship between the titular characters (David, a sickly 11-year old boy who hasn't been to school in several months, and The Gawgon, David's eccentric, fun-loving aunt) is a joy to read. But the book's construction was incredibly odd, alternating between the real world and David's fantasy stories. There was also some crude humor, surprising for this author. Overall, it's [...]

    5. this book made me cry. I don't really remember why, except that it was both laughing crying and sad crying, but it definitely made me cry.

    6. I picked up this book at a used book store a few weeks ago. I had never heard of it, but I love Lloyd Alexander, so I decided to give this book a try. It was a lot different than other fantasy books I read (mostly high fantasy), but I decided that wasn't a bad thing. I am always looking for something a little different, and was surprised that I really did like this book.The plot was very entertaining and interesting despite its simplicity, easy to read, and moved at a great pace. David is an 11 [...]

    7. This book, which may also be known under the title Fantastical Adventures of the Invisible Boy, is a thinly veiled portrait of the artist as a very young man, as he grew up in Philadelphia, USA during the Great Depression. As David approaches sixth grade, he nearly dies of an illness. The family doctor advises his parents not to send him back to school for a while, so he takes free tutoring from the terrible Aunt Annie, actually a distant cousin of his grandmother, whom he privately calls "The G [...]

    8. When I first met The Gawgon, I never suspected who she was: a climber of icy mountains, rescuer of King Tut’s treasure, challenger of master criminals, and a dozen other things. But that came later, after I died—nearly died, anyhow,” said David of his once terrifying Aunt Annie. When 11-year-old David’s doctor tells his family that he is too frail to return to school after a severe case of pneumonia, he is excited at his new freedom. But, then The Gawgon, who is so nicknamed after the de [...]

    9. This book will forever hold a special place in my heart. It is the semi-autobiographical story of a boy named David who is growing up in Depression-era Philadelphia. When he comes down with a serious case of pneumonia and misses a lot of school, his parents decide to allow his great-aunt to tutor him. He calls her "The Gawgon" (a misheard version of another relative's nickname for her of "the Gorgon") and she calls him "The Boy" and together they learn and laugh and begin to trust and love one a [...]

    10. After David almost dies of pneumonia, the doctor says he is too frail to go back to school. David is overjoyed, because he hates school, until his parents decide his great aunt, Annie, should tutor him. Because of another aunt who habitually garbles language, David begins calling Annie, the Gawgon. When Aunt Annie finds out, she laughs and says she will call David, The Boy, with capital letters, and so she does. Their relationship is really enjoyable, and David learns more than he ever would hav [...]

    11. I read this book aloud to my 8 year old daughter - there were several bits that I thought were too mature for her (fortunately she missed them!), I'd probably recommend for a 10-12+ years old. It was also better as a read-aloud because I could then explain concepts she wasn't familiar with. Set during the Depression, David (Boy) became ill and his doctor recommended that he not return to school for a substantial period of time. He was tutored by one of his grandmother's boarders, an elderly lady [...]

    12. The Gawgon and the Boy tells the story of David (The Boy) who lived in Philadelphia, growing up with an extended family of distinct characters at the start of the Depression. After a prolonged bout with New Monia, he is given over to the tender mercies of Great Aunt Annie (The Gawgon) who is to help tutor him to make up for missing so much of the fifth grade. The Gawgon is certainly not an orthodox teacher, but David is an imaginative learner. As always, Alexander refuses to write down to childr [...]

    13. of all I had read, I would recommend an autobiographical book Alexander wrote called "The Gawgon and the Boy" and the 5 books that comprise "The Chronicles of Prydain" (which includes the Black Cauldron) The last one, "The High King" received the Newberry Award. He put his heart and soul into this series, his sense of what it means to be human and what it means to be good. Worth reading as a series, especially for children. Some of the others are more predictable and harder to enjoy. I would als [...]

    14. A review from my old blogI have always loved Lloyd Alexander's books. In fact, the name of one of his characters made its way to one of mine in my first attempt at a novel, my only fantasy.I revisited Alexander several months ago with The Arkadians and loved the book. For some reason when I picked up this book I kept expecting Roald Dahl's style. I found myself pleasantly surprised. I absolutely loved this book and the fantastical journeys that David entered on all with only his imagination.I ca [...]

    15. David has been very sick, and the doctor recommends that he not go back to school for awhile. His elderly Aunt Annie says that she will take him for few hours each day to help keep up with his education. This to David who sees Aunt Annie as a gorgon and develops a secret name for her: The Gawgon. After a short time, he changes his mind about her and together they begin a journey that will change David forever. I really enjoyed this story. It moved fairly quickly, and jumped back and forth betwee [...]

    16. Depression, Philadelphia. While 11 year old David is recovering from a serious illness, he is told that he must stay home from school. At first, he can't believe his luck but he soon gets himself into trouble. His parents decide that his aunt, whom David calls "The Gawgon", will home school him. David cannot think of a worse punishment!Quirky story and characters reminded me a little of Richard Peck's books, but not as funny. The story alternated between David's story and his own retellings of c [...]

    17. This is a tale about growing up and learning and the influence one person can have for another. It is about imagination and love for life and living a life without regrets. The Gawgon helps the Boy become who he is through her lessons with him the year that he is recovering from a major illness. She makes history come alive for him and helps him to learn the more important truths of life. It is not an action book, and is fairly uneventful, but very good read nonetheless.

    18. I usually love Lloyd Alexander's writing, and this one was no exception. Great characters, wonderful cross-generational family story with a great deal of both heart and humor. The Boy, convalescing from s serious illness, is tutored by his Great-Aunt. Her lessons become alive in his imagination and the chapters about his time with her are followed by his creative writing in which he and his aunt become the heroes.

    19. More memoir than anything, this is an odd little collection of memories and imaginations. I enjoyed the character of Gawgon quite a bit and wished that the details of The Boy's childhood with her had been a tad more fleshed out. So I guess it was good enough that I wanted more. Which is always a good sign.And I reacquainted myself with the wonderful word "duppy," which was a welcome blast from my Jamaican past.

    20. I'm always glad to find books by authors I love that I didn't know existed. This was one of them. It was a very quick read for me, but I really enjoyed it. Lighthearted, with a few darker moments, and although different than most of the Alexander books that I've read, I can very much imagine the Gawgon as the grown up version of Vesper Holly. I would recommend it to at least fourth graders, with no reservations.

    21. Meh. I imagine child-me would have liked it even less. Sorry, but I can't articulate why. Intelligent, funny, interesting but not for me. You know what it reminds me of, sorta, with all those weird adults? The House with a Clock in Its Walls. Maybe a few illustrations would help this.

    22. I was expecting this to be a fantasy novel like the rest of Lloyd's books, and was very surprised that it wasn't. It took me awhile to get into this book (which I suspect is somewhat auto-biographical), but it wasn't long before I loved his Aunt's ("The Gawgon's") quirky personality. Not a fantastic book, but I enjoyed the Aunt, and the message that older people can be really cool too.

    23. This is a departure from his usual books. Imaginative kid is sick and ends up being tutored by his Aunt (the titular Gawgon). The stories he makes up are pretty awful, but pretty much the kind of think a kid his age would make up. It didn't really work for me, but it gets originality points.

    24. Lloyd Alexander wrote some awesome children's and YA fantasy books. This is a fabulous realistic fiction book. The characters are quirky but very real. The individuals and relationships are interesting and develop very naturally.

    25. I tagged this as "read in audiobook only," although in fact it was read to me by a friend. This book reminded me why, once again, Lloyd Alexander is one of the best. It also made me really want to re-read the Prydain Chronicles.

    26. My first experience reading Lloyd Alexander. Sweet story about the relationship between a boy and his teacher/aunt. It swings back and forth between the boy's life and his imaginary adventures prompted by the things he is learning. My son and I enjoyed it very much.

    27. I love his writing, and his stories. They are just so good. There is something so satisfying in reading his words, and the plots are entirely his own. The main character annoyed me at parts, but he grew, as do all the people in Alexander's books. It was really, really satisfying.

    28. I had to read this for English, and usually the boooks from English are terrible. This was better than some of the books my English teacher makes us read ( like Whales on Stilts) but it was still goofy.

    29. I have very fond memories of reading this as a child. It was nice to go down memory lane with this book, and I appreciated how imaginative the Boy was. A fun book for a 10-14 year old to read.

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