Brush

Pere Calders, Author, Marguerite Feitlowitz, Translator, Carme S. Vendrell, Illustrator Kane/Miller Book Publishers $10.95 (24p) ISBN 978-0-916291-05-1
Little Sala, a small boy, tries to find a substitute for his mischievous dog who was given away. But nothing fills the emptiness in his life until he finds a big brush in the attic, which feels like petting a dog. He puts Brush on a string and walks him like a dog; at night, Brush snuggles up to him in bed, warm and alive. Little Sala says, ""I found a brush that is really a dog. It moves, knows my voice and has fleas.'' But he can't convince his parents until Brush does it himself, banishing a burglar. This fantasy, translated from the Spanish, builds effortlessly; though some phrases are adult, overall the story has a child-like directness and feeling, capturing the imaginative world of the young. The stylized but realistic art creates an eerie mood. (4-8)
Reviewed on: 02/01/1986
Release date: 02/01/1986
Prebound-Other - 32 pages - 978-0-606-14072-0
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-8124-9035-0
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-916291-16-7
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