The Hero of Little Street by Gregory Rogers


The Hero of Little Street by Gregory Rogers

Alive with vivid detail and exciting from start to finish, this beautiful graphic novel for younger readers is the perfect book to introduce children to the grand art of storytelling. It's a wonderful companion to The Boy The Bear the Baron the Bard and Midsummer Knight.


Gregory Rogers

's National Gallery and then takes refuge in a Vermeer painting of 17th century Holland. Many adventures later, he comes back to reality, now accompanied by a fierce band of dogs to see off any opposition. This feast of a book has to be seen to be believed. Independent on Sunday Rogers's third wordless book features the young hero from The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard (Roaring Brook, 2004). His first escapade occurs in modern-day London near the National Gallery. It involves a soccer ball, a fountain, and a flight from bullies. Fans of the previous titles will recognize familiar characters cleverly incorporated into the art when the protagonist seeks refuge inside the museum. Befriended by the dog in Van Eyck's Arnolfini Wedding Portrait, the youngster follows him into Vermeer's A Lady Seated at a Virginal. After enjoying a musical interlude and a gift that later proves useful back in the real world, the twosome exit into Vermeer's The Little Street, ultimately encountering a canine-caging butcher in 17th-century Holland. Rogers's visual narrative is both an aesthetic treat and masterful storytelling. Small panels with minimal detail, often on white, focus the eye on motivations, causes, and sequential action. Larger frames, full-page bleeds, and a single, glorious spread generally show consequences-a slowing of activity, allowing viewers to take in the Old World charm of the majestic halls, paintings, and Delft cityscapes-all rendered in watercolor and ink and shown from varying perspectives. The scenes are frequently humorous, as when all of the rescued dogs crowd around the virginal. This rare combination of action-packed fun and fine art yields new discoveries with each reading and is sure to create fond memories for future students of Art 101.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library School Library Journal'

About the Author

Gregory Rogers studied fine art at the Queensland College of Art and worked as a graphic designer for many years before taking up freelance illustration. He was the first Australian to be awarded the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. Book 1 in the BOY BEAR Series, The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard, was first published in Australia in 2004. It has been published in the UK, France, the Netherlands and the USA, and was short-listed for many local and international awards including the CBCA Awards, Younger Readers and was selected as one of the Ten Best Illustrated Picture Books by the New York Times 2004. Book 2 in the series, MIdsummer Knight was a Magpies pick of 2006 and a CBCA Notable Book, 2007. He also illustrated the fabulous Sword Girl series by Frances Watts. Greg passed away in 2013.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Publication date

1st May 2009



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