Gotta Go! Gotta Go!
The life story of the Monarch butterfly and its amazing migration told in simple language that makes children smile with wonder -- and giggle, too. This creepy-crawly bug knows only one thing: I gotta go! I gotta go! I gotta go to Mexico!
"... soars as a prose poem picture book..."
-- The Horn Book
"The words are simple and urgent. Even preschoolers will feel the excitement about this most fragile of creatures that can fly so far and prove so strong."
"... Lest you begin to think that all philosophy involves such heavy lifting, consider Sam Swope's hilarious picture book, Gotta Go! Gotta Go! which my six-year-old informed me is a "book about knowledge." A caterpillar is born with an unalterable instinct to go south: "I don't know much but I know what I know. I gotta go! I gotta go! I gotta go to Mexico!" Inchoate monarch butterfly that she is, she does. There are lots of ways to enter this story: you can talk with your own young philosopher about knowledge, freedom, instinct, destiny—or you can just enjoy the beat."
"The clarity of the storytelling and artwork match the heroine's determination."
-- Publisher's Weekly
A CCBC Choice 2001
A Nick Jr. Best Book of the Year