Julian

Dayal Kaur Khalsa, Author Clarkson N Potter Publishers $12.95 (30p) ISBN 978-0-517-57279-5
This picture book reads more like a dog's biography than fiction. The female narrator tells of her once-peaceful life on a farm with her two cats Victoria and Rocky Rainbow. Because the groundhogs were eating all the vegetables, she acquired a dog, named Julian, to chase them. But Julian chased everything: groundhogs, the cats, even his owner's car down bumpy roads. After nearly drowning in a well, Julian became more docile, but he still chased the cats. Only when one cat was lost (and Julian tracked him down) did the narrator's life once again become serene. Khalsa ( Tales of a Gambling Grandma , My Family Vacation ) expands her perspective in this newest book. In her other titles, each picture is like a portrait of a particular moment; in this one, the action unwinds across the top of a spread and then hurls back along the bottom. Her colors and patterns, as usual, are boldly harmonious--strong images overlap and collide, creating surprising images of exceptional verve. Ages 6-8. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/01/1989
Release date: 08/01/1989
Paperback - 24 pages - 978-0-88776-513-1
Hardcover - 26 pages - 978-0-517-57410-2
Hardcover - 24 pages - 978-0-88776-237-6
Prebound-Other - 978-0-606-25209-6
Prebound-Other - 978-0-613-27919-2
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