Masterful storytelling and gorgeous paintings of the beautiful heroine and her beloved dog, Pipiolo, hallmark the debut of a talented new team. Lupe and Pipiolo cannot imagine what life must be like for the roof dogs-the guard dogs set out on the small, hot concrete roofs of their town in Mexico. Pipiolo, a rascal and a deep thinker, orchestrates their escape with an act of daring and bravura that makes him the savior of the roof dogs.
The rich yet piquant narration will hold young audiences rapt. The vivid paintings, glowing with warm desert colors, bring the heroic Pipiolo to life in broad swaths and tender details. Readers will revel in this inspired tale of "Tierra y Libertad!"
Illustrated by Perky Edgerton.
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Brian Meunier and Perky Edgerton are a husband-and-wife team.From School Library Journal:
Grade 1-3-In the Mexican village of San Pablo Etla, where most people keep their dogs on the roof, Pipiolo is the lucky yellow mutt of young Lupe, who loves him well. Lupe explores the smells of her village and fields with her pet, and gets the idea from him to toss tufts of grass up onto the rooftops so that the other dogs, too, can smell the earth. But Pipiolo doesn't stop there. Lupe follows him one magical night as he wanders through the streets, watches a bit of a cowboy movie at the outdoor Tienda Soliz, and models a plan after Juan Wayne's daring escape. Pipiolo rounds up the dogs onto one roof, gives the signal as the orange truck pulls through at dawn, and all the dogs leap onto the oranges and go free. All except Pipiolo, of course. The rich, bright paintings capture the heat and color of the village, and the nighttime scenes are particularly vibrant. Full of beautiful language, the narrative is long in parts, creating a somewhat awkward pace. In some places it is not quite clear where it is going; for instance, the implication that Pipiolo copies John Wayne is hard to catch, but is important in following the story. Nevertheless, children will love the idea of the dogs' liberation, and will remember Lupe and Pipiolo as likable characters well developed through text and picture. A promising, if not completely accomplished, first picture book.
Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA
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