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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 Scratches the Car
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. Vitello is given strict instructions to stay away from his mother’s new, (or nearly new), car but while he is playing disaster strikes and he inadvertently scratches it. Knowing how his mother will react Vitello beats a hasty retreat before she discovers what he has done.
This witty story depicts the trials and tribulations of the mischievous Vitello; the world is seen through his eyes as he narrates his escapade with a wonderful off-beat humour. There are some hilarious descriptions such as that of Vitello’s mother when she’s had a glass or two of wine or using his mum’s face cream to make a ‘slippery slide on the hallway tiles!
The humour does not detract from the more serious message though, of a parent’s worry over a missing child and that material things are not so important after all. Danish author Kim Fupz Aakeson tackles this in an unusual and refreshing way and the cartoon-like illustrations by Niels Bo Bojesen really lend themselves to the story making Vitello an instantly lovable character.
A best-seller in Denmark, this is the first story in a series of delightfully quirky ‘Vitello’ picture books and one of the first to be published by Pushkin Children’s Books, the new imprint of Pushkin Press.