LITTLE KLEIN by Anne Ylvisaker

LITTLE KLEIN

Age Range: 8 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

Little Klein, aka Harold, is definitely the runt of the litter. He has three rather large older brothers known as the Bigs, who, though barely civilized, are totally protective of him. Little at seven is as small as a four-year-old and has a tiny voice that usually goes unheard. He learns to whistle and is so effective that he can call dogs from near and far, attracting a stray that becomes his constant companion. Through adventures and misadventures, Little and his brothers are brought closer together and achieve a measure of maturity. Little is able to assert himself and earns the respect of all. Ylvisaker has crafted a lovely coming-of-age tale filled with humor and pathos and several unexpected twists. The characters are quirky, eccentric and lovable. She employs a rather odd syntax that charms the ear and begs to be read aloud. Instead of a typical boy-and-his-dog story, the author has created something unique and memorable. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3359-2
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Candlewick
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2007




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