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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Vitello Gets a Yucky Girlfriend
by Kim Fupz Aakeson
Age Range: 6-8
Vitello is an adorable rogue who is forever getting into scrapes. He lives in a terraced house on a noisy ring road with his long-suffering mother. When a new family moves in nearby Vitello hopes it will be a cool boy for him to play with but it’s just his luck when a yucky girl called Camilla and her crazy hamster moves in instead.
The problem is that Vitello doesn’t play with girls. Ever. Despite his initial reservations he is soon playing at being a robber who steals the princess’ jewellery and a cowboy with Camilla and her hamster. When things start to get too ‘girly’ Vitello is off, until, that is, he is persuaded to stay by the offer of biscuits. He doesn’t have such a bad day after all playing with a girl but what does he do when Camilla suggests they become girlfriend and boyfriend?
Danish author Kim Fupz Aakeson Vitello has created a series of stories with a wonderful off-beat humour depicting the trials and tribulations of the mischievous Vitello. The cartoon-like illustrations by Niels Bo Bojesen really lend themselves to the story making Vitello an instantly lovable character.
Best-sellers in Denmark, Vitello gets a Yucky Girlfriend and Vitello Scratches a Car are the first two stories in a series of delightfully quirky ‘Vitello’ picture books by Pushkin Children’s Books.