Aldo

Aldo

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by John Burningham
     
 

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This beautiful picture book depicts the everyday life of a lonely little girl whose home life is empty—apart from her parents' arguments—and whose school life is overshadowed by bullies. The comfort she finds from her secret friend Aldo is heartwarming. John Burninham is the author of Borka, Granpa, and Oi! Get Off Our Train.See more details below

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This beautiful picture book depicts the everyday life of a lonely little girl whose home life is empty—apart from her parents' arguments—and whose school life is overshadowed by bullies. The comfort she finds from her secret friend Aldo is heartwarming. John Burninham is the author of Borka, Granpa, and Oi! Get Off Our Train.

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“A touching portrait of a solitary child with an imaginary friend called Aldo, a rabbit just about her size, who can be counted upon to turn up ‘when things get really bad’…Aldo is a quietly comforting figure, tenderly absorbing the feelings suggested in the deftly understated text and the wonderfully expressive illustrations, with their agile line and Turneresque spreads…An unusually perceptive, unsentimental treatment of a familiar theme.”  —Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Aldo, a tall, scarf-wearing rabbit, must be kin to the inimitable Harvey of stage and screen fame. He not only comes to the rescue of this book's narrator when she is dispirited, he also makes troublemakers and nightmares disappear and takes her to ``wonderful places.'' The two walk on a tightrope stretched over the rooftops, go ice- skating and take a ride in a rowboat. Finally, she concedes that some days she forgets all about her pal, ``but I know that if things get really bad . . . Aldo will always be there.'' The stark, at times bland renditions of the girl sans Aldo--forlorn against ample white backgrounds--contrast sharply with the pictures depicting their shared adventures. In these Burningham superimposes the light figures against abstract, often dark-toned paintings. The effect is forceful, though it may prove somewhat alarming to younger readers. In Burningham's visionary take on the imaginary friend theme, his visuals are more striking than the minimal text, which lacks the verve of his Hey! Get Off Our Train . Ages 3-7. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780099185017
Publisher:
Red Fox
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.26(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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