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Eating Up Gladys

Written by Margot Zemach

Illustrated by Kaethe Zemach


The late Caldecott Medalist Margot Zemach was one of America's most beloved authors and artists. Eating Up Gladys, her final manuscript, has been lovingly illustrated by her daughter Kaethe.

Gladys loves being the oldest sister, swanning around on her bike, feeding the baby, and... bossing Hilda and Rose. But when Hilda and Rose's joke plan for revenge ends with Gladys stuck in a big soup pot, the younger girls find out what it means to be the biggest. Are they really ready to be in charge - and find a way to unstick Ms. Stuck-Up?

Caldecott Medalist Margot Zemach wrote this topsy-turvy tale about her children before she died, and now her daughter Kaethe completes the book with cheerful illustrations that capture both the fury and the fun of sibling rivalry.


Reviews and Awards

⋆ "Younger brothers and sisters will gleefully gobble up this story of sibling comeuppance penned by the late Zemach, and illustrated by her daughter Kaethe.…[A] delicious narrative about just deserts." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Kaethe Zemach is the oldest daughter of beloved author Margot, and when she found her mother's manuscript, she edited it and provided some marvellous illustrations. The brightly evoked family scenes, with their air of reminiscence, capture all the humor of the text.… Children will nod knowingly at the familiar interaction, relish the wild flights of imagination, and feel satisfied by the ending." - Booklist

"The dialog captures the essence of sibling interaction, and children will easily recognize themselves in these characters. The charming watercolor illustrations ensure the story remains lighthearted while clearly depicting the characters' many emotions." - School Library Journal

A bossy older sister gets served her comeuppance in this tasty tale.… Margot Zemach's recounting of sibling dynamics is on target; she skillfully captures the essence of bossy older sisters and plays it out in the comic scenario.… Kaethe Zemach's ink-and-watercolor illustrations are homespun and poignant with an underlying comical edge to them. This wry tale with its very silly take on relationships will resonate with readers on both sides of the divide." Kirkus Reviews


Purchase Options
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Fall 2005
Picture Book
ISBN: 0-439-66490-X
Price: $16.99/$21.99
Trim Size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Page Count: 32SE
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes


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