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The Hero of Little Street by Gregory Rogers
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Apr 07, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: animals, art, wordless-picture-books, bullies, international
Read in April, 2012

Since I was unfamiliar with the author/illustrator's other books, this one was quite a surprise for me. Trying to avoid some bullies on the streets of London, a boy slips into a long line of folks trying to enter a museum. After exploring the works of art and other treasures, a brown dog in a painting by a Dutch master slips out of the painting, leaving behind his master and mistress. The boy and dog race through the museum and climb into another painting where they meet a pianist. She ties a bow around the dog's neck and presents a flute to the boy. Both of them explore the streets of 17th century Holland. When the dog disappears, the boy must use his wits to save him from a cruel butcher who has plans to slice up several canines. Once the dog returns to his painting, the boy returns to the streets where he uses the flute to enlist aid against the bullies who've been waiting patiently for his return. There is so much to see in this book that readers will want to read it more than once. Some of the detail on the pages featuring the cityscapes is astounding. Smoke curls into the air from chimneys. Women lean out of the windows of their houses to watch or to shake out dust cloths. All in all, the artwork is a treat for the eyes. What a great comeuppance for bullies from the past and from today! What a great introduction to some of the detail in the work of the Dutch masters!
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