Groundwood Books


Written by Rémy Simard • Illustrated by Pierre Pratt • Translated by Shelley Tanaka

For kids 4 - 7 years old | Published 2014-92- | ISBN 9781554984527
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship

Cover of Gustave

Regular price $16.95 CAD

64 pages | 9.50 in × 7.50 in
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

About this book


Rémy Simard • Pierre Pratt • Shelley Tanaka

A little mouse and his friend, Gustave, go out to play one afternoon in this darkly comic story about the sadness of losing a friend and the joy of making a new one.

The mouse’s mother has always warned the young friends not to stray too far from home. There is a cat, she says, and it is dangerous to go far away.

But danger doesn’t stop this curious pair, and soon they find themselves face-to-face with their big blue-eyed enemy. In a feat of bravery, Gustave allows his friend the chance to escape — but is gobbled up by the cat in the process. Heartbroken, the little mouse must return home — without his friend — and tell his mother what has happened.

A sweet surprise ending turns this melancholy tale of friendship into a strangely funny book.

About the Creators

Rémy Simard

Rémy Simard has illustrated and written many book for children, including Monsieur Noir et Blanc and Le père Noël a une crevaison, both finalists for the Governor General’s Award for Illustration.

Pierre Pratt

Pierre Pratt is an award-winning illustrator of more than fifty books for children. He has been a finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and is a three-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration.

Shelley Tanaka

Shelley Tanaka is an award-winning author, editor and translator. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.

Awards and Praise
A darkly comic story. . . . Gustave is a marvellous marriage of text and illustration.