Compared to the bright white apartment house on the road to Rome, the house where Marco and his friend Aldo lived was a ramshackle, dirty eyesore. In the beginning of the hot summer in Italy, the two nine-year old boys decided to paint their home. They got permission from all the tenants but one--old Gino, whose grapevines grew up the far end of the building. Through efforts to save money, the boys were finally able to gaze with admiration at their yellow and red house. Old Gino almost ruins the work, but in the end adds to the unique paint job. A realistic view of Italian village life constitutes a gay backdrop for an enjoyable story. The pencil sketches and color pictures are exceptional; the artist demonstrates the ability to capture the vitality of children in a few carefully chosen lines.