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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)
Tales from the Hidden Valley: The Band
by Carles Porta
Age Range: 6-8
Spring has arrived in the valley that is hidden between tall mountains. Ticky has just returned home to his nest at the top of the Dead Tree after his long winter away. It seems though, that he has a new neighbour, Maximilian Cold, who plays the trumpet. When Ticky hears the sound of a band he looks out of his window to see his friends approaching. They must be coming to welcome him home he thinks. But one by one they disappear into the trunk of the tree without saying hello. Ticky feels his world is falling apart – have they forgotten him already?
This is the third book in the ‘Hidden Valley’ series providing another whimsical offbeat tale from Spanish author/illustrator Carles Porta, translated by Lawrence Schimel, about the fantastical hidden valley and its delightful cast of unusual characters. The gorgeous, expressive, artwork is a riot of colour.
Other ‘Tales from the Hidden Valley’ titles reviewed on the website are: The Artists, Hello, Mister Cool, and Under the Water.