The Unsinkable Gus Davis

by Laurie Trumble Davis (Author) Paulette Bogan (Illustrator)

The Unsinkable Gus Davis
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

An important book about perceptions of safety vs real safety around water, and because it's engaging and playful, children will get the message without feeling like they're being schooled...

Gus Davis is an irrepressible French Bulldog who believes he can do anything--including swim. His best (human) friend, Bean, knows that it's impossible for bulldogs to swim: their legs are too short, their noses are too flat, and their bodies are too pudgy! The problem is that Gus isn't having any of it. But Bean is caring and smart. She figures out the problem and comes up with a solution so that Gus can splash around safely. And Gus? Well, of course, he knew he could swim all along. This delightful story about how we all get by with a little help from our friends provides an opportunity to talk about swimming and water safety in a way that is playful, humorous, and engaging.

Review quotes

The Unsinkable Gus Davis...captures the determination of a dog and the love of a child that befriended him. —Laura Minnucci, Lead Groomer, Loyal Companion (Wayland, MA)
Laurie Trumble Davis

Laurie Trumble Davis is a book lover who lives in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, with her family. They spend their summers on Cape Cod at Schoolhouse Pond, where Gus, her French bulldog, believed he was the best swimmer on the pond. And he was. . . especially when wearing his life jacket! Although this is her debut picture book, Laurie is no stranger to the world of books and book selling. She has worked for Barnes & Noble coordinating author appearances in New England. She has also done publicity and promotions in news media.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Collective Book Studio
Publication date
June 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV002070 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
JUV032060 - Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Water Sports
Library of Congress categories

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