Alive with vivid detail and exciting from start to finish, this beautiful graphic novel for younger readers is the perfect book to introduce children to the grand art of storytelling. It's a wonderful companion to The Boy The Bear the Baron the Bard and Midsummer Knight.
Escaping from a gang of bullies, a Boy slips into a grand old gallery - the perfect hiding place, full of mystery and treasures. Enchanted by the magic of painting and befriended by a mischievous dog, the Boy ventures into the world of a famous Vermeer painting - and he and his new friend are transported to Little Street, Delft in seventeenth century Holland. But the streets of Delft are a dangerous place for a dog, and the Boy has to use every ounce of his ingenuity to rescue his canine mate from an untimely fate on the butcher's block.
Young readers will enjoy spotting much-loved characters from the previous Boy Bear books in this triumph of visual storytelling.
Praise for the Boy Bear books includes:
'Rogers' joyful, intricate, funny illustrations reveal something new with each reading.' The Sunday Age
'Clearly a picture does tell a thousand words! Rogers has found a most delightful way to engage children in the art and craft of storytelling. Highly recommended to keep young readers engrossed for hours.' 4 Stars Junior Bookseller and Publisher
'The beauty of Rogers's books are in the minute detail of his illustrations, but also in the freedom his pictures give young minds to imagine and dream.' The Courier-Mail
Gregory Rogers studied fine art at the Queensland College of Art and worked as a graphic designer for many years before taking up freelance illustration. He was the first Australian to be awarded the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. Book 1 in the BOY BEAR Series, The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard, was first published in Australia in 2004. It has been published in the UK, France, the Netherlands and the USA, and was short-listed for many local and international awards including the CBCA Awards, Younger Readers and was selected as one of the Ten Best Illustrated Picture Books by the New York Times 2004. Book 2 in the series, MIdsummer Knight was a Magpies pick of 2006 and a CBCA Notable Book, 2007. He also illustrated the fabulous Sword Girl series by Frances Watts. Greg passed away in 2013.
Winner, CBCA Book of the Year Award, Picture Book, 2010
Short-listed, NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature, 2010
Short-listed, Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards, Lower Primary, 2010
Short-listed, Aurealis Award for Best Children's Short Fiction/Illustrated Work/Picture Book, 2009
Allen & Unwin
A & U Children
7 - 10