LOOKING FOR DANIELA: A Romantic Adventure by Steven Kroll

LOOKING FOR DANIELA: A Romantic Adventure

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The subtitle says it all: Antonio, a young street performer who dresses like Pierrot, sets off to rescue his dear friend, a rich merchant's daughter, who has been kidnapped. He helps her out of a second-story window; they are pursued by bandits, rest by moonlight under a shepherd's protection (and a single blanket); and finally--by balloon--make their way home, where Daniela's parents reward Antonio with a bag of gold. There's little suspense in the episodic story, but Lobel's illustrations are appropriately romantic without being cloying, as well as lively and quite lovely--with adroit use of decorative detail and a nice contrast between the rich night tones and the more delicate hues of the beginning and concluding scenes. Picture-book groups should enjoy this.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1988
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House