The Apprentice

Pilar Molina Llorente, Author, Pilar M. Llorente, Author, Juan Ramon Alonso, Illustrator Farrar Straus Giroux $13 (101p) ISBN 978-0-374-30389-1
Set in Renaissance Florence, this import from Spain begins as a gothic. Arduino, a 13-year-old boy from a family of prestigious tailors, convinces his father to apprentice him to a master painter, only to find that the Maestro is ill-tempered, miserly and , out of jealousy, has secretly imprisoned a gifted, orphaned apprentice in the attic. At this point Llorente's plotting turns operatic, with fortuitously timed illnesses (the Maestro's), the entrance of a benevolent duke with a handsome commission to bestow and Arduino, the newest boy in the atelier, suddenly calling the shots. Each of the characters is a type of extreme, either saintly or heinous or impassioned, although the Maestro manages, at various stages, to be all three. A motif about individual freedom only adds to the ballast. This title is the first by Llorente and Alonso to appear in the U.S. Ages 10-up. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 08/02/1993
Release date: 08/01/1993
Genre: Children's
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