World Book Review: Gusto & Gecko Travel to New Orleans


Gusto and Gecko are two dinosaurs with a time machine. And they are ready to travel the world! In the second book of The Curious Travels of Gusto & Gecko Series, the best friends find themselves marching in a Mardi Gras parade, eating wonderful local foods and cheering at a good old American football game. Readers experience the lively jazz music in the French Quarter and smell of freshly cooked beignets at Cafe du Monde right along with these two visitors. In what turns out to be anything but an ordinary Sunday afternoon, the two friends find themselves in the marshlands and must escape the jaws of a hungry alligator before returning home with, of course, a few souvenirs.

With adventure, humour, and a generous dose of local flavour, talented author Longy Han brings the wonders of New Orleans and Creole culture to young readers.  Visiting historic landmarks, modern attractions, and everything in between, Gusto and Gecko are perfect tour guides for preschool-aged children.

The colourful illustrations by Elinor Hägg create a friendly, playful tone. And I love the thoughtful extras are included at the end of the book such as instructions for a simple origami alligator craft and a glossary of New Orleans food.

Gusto & Gecko Travel to New Orleans is an entertaining picture book that would be a wonderful addition to a child’s bookshelf.

Gusto & Gecko Travel to New Orleans
Written by Longy Han
Illustrated by Elinor Hägg
ISBN: 978-0-9943413-1-0
Available on Amazon

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