The Adventures Of Capucin
The Adventures of Capucin is the delightful tale of Capucin, a feisty Border collie who lives and works as a sheep dog on a farm in Brittany. Fun-loving and intelligent, he is adored by his owners and lives a blissfully happy existence, until an unforeseen event rocks his secure little world and takes him in an adventure far from home. But Capucin''s courage and resourcefulness eventually win the ...
Age Range: 9 - 12 years
Grade Level: 4 - 07
Paperback: 76 pages
Publisher: AuthorHouse UK (September 14, 2005)
Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
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ay, and the story ends as happily it begins, not only for Capucin, but also for the humans he loves - and even those he doesn''t. The plot is an enjoyable one, as it employs the-tried-and-tested fictional technique of setting up a scenario (Capucin''s happy life on the farm), then introducing plenty of conflict -the Curtois'' decision to sell the farm and move to Paris; Edite''s hostility towards Capucin and someone''s suggestion of having him put down; his ''accidental'' trip to Liverpool, etc., and finally resolving it. As this book is aimed at a fairly young readership, the writing style is appropriately simple, yet lively. The narrative trots along at a nice pace, using just the right combination of sentence structures and forms, from the simple to the more complex, from straight narrative to plenty of dialogue. It is this use of dialogue that helps to convey Capucin''s personality so well; his little asides and mutterings to himself are often hilarious and give him such a human quality that young readers will surely identify with him (eg "I am determined to investigate this matter"), he said in his best impersonation of Inspector Clouseau"; his personal worries leading him to be ratty at work, where he calls the sheep ''woolly-heads'' and ''thickos''; and his proud insistence that he is a dog, not a pig and not even a frog). The antipathy between Capucin and Edite is cleverly drawn - we can almost feel the dislike - so it is a nice irony that he eventually saves her life, while the affectionate relationship between humans and animals - especially Benny and Nadine, Monsieur and Madame Curtois and Capucin and Fifi - add a touching and romantic flavour. Some of the humour is clearly more for the adults (eg. the ''Brussels Directives'') but there is enough explanation so the youngsters should not feel too excluded. This is an extremely pleasurable book to read'', having a hero so cute and engaging that it is impossible not to root for him. A very nice children''s book that, with its wealth of different voices would be especially suited for reading aloud and role-play.
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