Waltur Paints Himself into a Corner and Other StoriesReviews
Waltur Paints Himself into a Corner and Other Stories continues the humorous adventures of Waltur and his friends Matilda and Darwin, with Waltur perhaps none the wiser for his previous exploits. In Waltur Puts the Cart Before the Horse, the bear is absolutely convinced that his honey cake will win first prize at the Summer Fair. In a rush, he hitches a cart in front of a horse, satisfied that will help him reach the fair faster.
In "Waltur Paints Himself into a Corner," he tries hard not to paint himself into a corner . . . or two, or four. And he succeeds . . . sort of.
Proverbs embody the wit and wisdom of ages, as in "Let sleeping dogs lie." But with the best of intentions, "Waltur Won't Let Sleeping Dogs Lie." Can any good come of this?
All the stories in Waltur Paints Himself into a Corner help young readers identify with characters, follow a sequence of events, and discover the meaning of proverbs which have been part of the English language for hundreds of years.
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Behind the Book
When I began writing the three stories that make up Waltur Paints Himself into a Corner, I thought only of writing additional adventures which would further develop the characters of Waltur, Matilda, and Darwin, and which would introduce children (and many adults!) to more English-language idioms.
But as a person interested in words, I did wonder about the word sequel? Had I written a sequel?
Hefting volume two of the Oxford English Dictionary onto my desk, I looked up sequel and learned that I'm a sequel. So are you. So is everybody. We're all sequels (offspring) to those who have come before us, and so the second collection of Waltur stories is indeed a sequel to the first.
But when applied to a piece of fiction, the word sequel does imply that the second story explores the further adventures of the characters in a way that depends upon the reader understanding what happened in the first story. Waltur Paints Himself into a Corner is not this kind of sequel. As is common in early readers featuring the same characters, the individual books are enhanced by reader familiarity with what came before, but their primary purpose is to stand alone as a reading experience.
Still, a writer can't help but become attached to characters or events in one book and give them roles (or cameo appearances) in following books. Children who have read Waltur Buys a Pig in a Poke and Other Stories will recognize the pig from that book when it appears in Waltur Paints Himself into a Corner and Other Stories. — Bg