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Bruno by Catharina Valckx illus. Nicolas Hubesch

February 1, 2017

bruno-daysBruno by Catharina Valckx illus. Nicolas Hubesch. Pub. Gecko Press, 2017.

This brilliant piece of work is subtitled Some of the more interesting days in my life so far and that is exactly what it is. For Bruno every day above ground is a good day and if it is not, then there is always another day.

Six days in Bruno’s life with his friends Ringo the old pony, Gloria the dairy owner, Bup the fish, Georgette the turtledove, Gerard the wolf and my favourite, Tweety the canary. There are other characters and they are all superbly developed with their own mannerisms and language.

The six days are not all good but they are very interesting. Included are a peculiar day, a day when the power went off and an almost perfect day. These days spent by Bruno with his blue cloth cap and his friends are all connected. They will make you laugh and recognise human foibles.

The illustrations show a French urban setting in which the detail is absorbing and has a strong sense of accuracy. The characters are brilliantly drawn but my favourite is the elegant giraffe in white skirt and top, with sunglasses and a bag over her shoulder at the escalator.

If you get bored with this book you have no soul.

A book for everybody but the writing is for primary and intermediate students. The cover makes you want to pick it up. This is a beauty.

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