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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)
Green Butterfly - A Superdog Adventure
by Raphael Thierry
Age Range: Under_5
Green Butterfly was the first in the series of picture books about Superdog, a deceptively simple four-footed philosopher. In this adventure a little butterfly passes Superdog, and comments that he is still attached to his post, while it is free as the air. But Superdog is very inventive, and he manages to turn all the
way upside down too, even though he is tied up – and he can see . . . nearly everything. He is concentrating so hard on his acrobatics that he doesn’t spot the butterfly fluttering off.
Characterised by the use of variations on a bold base colour for cover and spreads in dusky pinks and by the covers extending into flaps, these are highly attractive little picture books with splendidly minimalist illustration, and a very enterprising dog as protagonist.
(Outside In: Children’s Books in Translation, Milet, 2005)