Book Reviews

Gusto & Gecko Travel to New Orleans Reviews:

“The story is a fun and fanciful adventure with a gently suspenseful storyline set in an exotic place that is sure to ignite an interest in this part of the world. The use of onomatopoeia and the bouncing storyline would make it a fun book to perform aloud.”The Children’s Book Council of Australia

“Longy Han’s text draws readers into a tale of adventure and friendship, filled with local landmarks and a fascinating look into a location and culture that is rich in history. I was surprised by how many details unique to New Orleans were actually in this picture book, it led to some fun conversations with my son and led us off on research to find out more information about many of the places.” Books Before Bandaids

“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 through her endearing characters Gusto and Gecko. Visiting historic landmarks, modern attractions, and everything in between, the two friends are fantastic tour guides in this darling book for preschool-aged children.”
Buzz Words Magazine

“Once again, illustrator Elinor Hägg engages readers with her sweet, bold and humorous images, whilst Han’s text sweeps us along a deliciously action-packed journey…The book also connects themes of friendship and loyalty, courage and determination, whilst adding curiosity and wit to the mix.”
My Little Story Corner


Gusto & Gecko Travel to Kenya Reviews:

“Great descriptive writing that readers will want to dance along to, my favourite is ‘the rock… stretched and stretched like pizza dough’. I found a pleasant tension building as I tried to guess how the explorers would escape the chasing lion. They race for their lives into other groups of animals and we learn a lot about natural habitats. The text is perfectly matched by Hagg’s beautifully simple and kindly graphic-styled computer generated artwork.”
The Children’s Book Council of Australia

“The text encourages the book to be read aloud with many examples of onomatopoeia which will delight younger audiences…The cartoon illustration style by Hagg lightens the story and depicts the animals in humorous settings while still being faithful to their species with interesting facts about the animals delicately interwoven. The fully bled glossy pages, end papers and hard back are of high production quality which will set up the series to be sought after and highly anticipated with each release.”
Jaquelyn Muller Books

“Gusto & Gecko is so beautiful to hold and look at. The publishing is very impressive and of such a high quality. The embossing on the front cover creates a lovely feel to run your fingers across. The glossy, bright illustrations make it delightful.”
Dream Big, Read Often

“Connecting with themes including teamwork and courage, ‘Gusto and Gecko’ primarily aims to broaden the minds and awareness of its young readers to our fascinating world and cultures within it. This book is humorous and suspenseful with a plethora of details to explore, including the two concealed dinosaurs and their little mice companions.”
Just Write for Kids Blog

“Eager young eyes will also follow the adventures of a trio of mice who hitch a ride with the dinosaurs, and look for the glimpses of the lion. The text introduces collective nouns and uses sounds to push along the action, while the illustrations, with a variety of animals, have enough to interest a child who is reading on his or her own.”
Alex Fairhill Blog

Gusto & Gecko “uses collective nouns and repetition and introduces young readers to different cultures, landscapes and animals in simple but engaging prose…Readers are invited to pore over the imagery to find the hiding lion, and Gusto and Gecko as they try to escape him. This is a wonderful text for children to learn about Kenya and its animals, and after I’m sure readers will be excited to see where these two little dinosaurs are off to next.”
– Book+Publishing

“Small eyes will search on every page for a small family of cute mice which follow Gusto and Gecko on their adventures. There are many humorous vignettes such as sun-baking rhinos, baby elephants constructing peanut towers and leopards on swings. It’s all quite absurd but this sturdy, colourful book has lots of child-appeal.”
– BuzzWords Magazine