This is a graphic novel – it has no words and tells the story in a kind of comic-book style. It’s action-packed and fun to read!
The boy in the story (our future hero) is out for a walk and is surprised when a ball hits him on the head – and he kicks it into a fountain. The ball owners are a gang of bullies, and (not being pleased about the wet ball) they chase him, until he escapes by hiding in an art gallery. The boy wanders through the gallery until a dog in one of paintings comes to life and leads him into a famous painting by Vermeer.
Inside the painting, he finds he has gone back in time to 17th century Holland (in fact, to Little Street, in Delft). The dog runs off , and the boy has to rescue his doggy friend and avoid being caught himself. Delft is a dangerous place!
There’s a surprise ending to this story. The pictures are fun, there’s lots of action and you get to see what it would have been like to live in Holland back in the 17th century. (It involved a lot of fast running if you were a dog on the streets of Delft!)
This is the third adventure in the ‘Boy Bear’ series but you don’t need to read the others to enjoy this book. (You might want to read them though! Look for The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard, and Midsummer Knight.)
The Hero of Little Street, by Gregory Rogers, Allen & Unwin, 2009