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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 wants a Dad
by Kim Fupz Aakeson
Age Range: 6-8
Vitello lives with his mum in a terraced house right next to a noisy ring road. Vitello’s dad doesn’t live with them; according to his mum, he is a ‘good-for-nothing’. Vitello’s friends, Max and Harry have a dad and want to know why Vitello doesn’t have one. Vitello decides he needs to find a decent dad that he can show off to all his friends. But where is he going to find a dad he can borrow?
Danish author Kim Fupz Aakeson has created a series of stories depicting the trials and tribulations of the mischievous Vitello. The world is seen through his eyes as he narrates his escapades with a wonderful off-beat humour. The cartoon-like illustrations by Niels Bo Bojesen really lend themselves to the story making Vitello an instantly lovable character.
There are some hilarious descriptions of Vitello’s quest to find a suitable father but the humour doesn’t detract from the more serious issue of a young boy’s longing for a dad.
A best-seller series in Denmark, there are four other books about Vitello: Vitello Scratches a Car, Vitello gets a Yucky Girlfriend, Vitello becomes a Businessman and Vitello carries a Knife.