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  • Published: 31 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780670078851
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $24.99

Somewhere Else




From award-winning author and illustrator Gus Gordon comes this irresistible story about a duck called George, the possibility of adventure, and taking risks to realise what you value most.



George has no interest in exploring the world. He’s far too busy at home baking fine pastries. Or so he tells everyone when they invite him along on their wonderful adventures.

But when his friend Pascal digs a little deeper, the real reason George won’t leave home is finally revealed . . .

  • Pub date: 31 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780670078851
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Gus Gordon

Gus Gordon is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and author. He has illustrated and written over 80 books for children. His illustrations are known for their loose and energetic line work, mixed media and humour. His writing is always anthropomorphic. He attributes this to his love of Kenneth Grahame's Wind in The Willows.
Gus's first picture book, Wendy, was a Notable Book in the 2010 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year Awards.

His second picture book, Herman and Rosie, now published in twelve countries, has been internationally acclaimed and awarded.

Somewhere Else was published by Penguin Random House Australia in 2016 and has won many awards internationally, including a 2017 CBCA Notable book and 2017 book of the year for 5-8 year olds in the Speech Pathology book awards in Australia.

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Praise for Somewhere Else

“Adorable characters, superb artwork and an engaging story . . . everything a great picture book should be”

Leigh Hobbs Australian Children's Laureate

“Gordon has created a visual feast which will give repeat readers more to discover on each reading. And this is a book that you will want to read time and time again.”

Sam Sochacka, CKT

“The whole book, is a wonderful, rich amalgam of history, whimsy and touching emotion with artistic effects to pore over (and even replicate).”

Katherine England, Magpies

“Gus Gordon hits all the right notes and delivers a powerful and sincere message about facing our fears.”

Frances Atkinson, Sydney Morning Herald

“The illustrations in this delightful and charming book are marvellous, ranging from the huge array of different (and fascinating) travelling cases on the fly pages to the first page spread of a wide assortment of birds flying north and south, and on to the story of George. Some of the pages have coloured illustrations with line drawings, while others are full-page collages. The double-page spread of Paris at night, with the Eiffel Tower lit up by a pale cream moon, are simply splendid. Every page is worth poring over – each is full of interest with so many different artistic techniques. The story is simple and straight forward – there is nothing here that is deep and meaningful, but as well as the adorable characters the Laureate mentions, there is certainly superb artwork. This is a book for readers of all ages.”

Dianne Bates, Buzz Words


Awards & Recognition

  • Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards

    Winner • 2017 • 5–8 Years

  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards

    Notable Book • 2017 • Picture Book

  • White Ravens International Youth Library

    On selection list • 2017 •


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