Waltur Paints Himself into a Corner and Other Stories
by Barbara Gregorich, illustrations by Kristin Sorra
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What reviewers are saying...
In this cheerful collection of easy-to-read adventures, a trio of friends (Waltur, Matilda, and Darwin) are back with three stories that help kids understand common, everyday sayings. In the first story, the folk wisdom, "don't put the cart before the house," is humorously illustrated by Waltur's decision to write his acceptance speech for a baking competition before his honey cake entry leaves the oven—as well as by his disastrous but funny wagon ride into town to the Summer Fair. Similarly, "don't paint yourself in a corner" is explained in messy-but-funny action as Waltur learns that you can also paint yourself into a circle if you are not careful. Waltur discovers in the last story how important it can be to "let sleeping dogs lie," especially ones with brand new puppies. In all the tales, Waltur's good friends Matilda and Darwin come to his aid just in the nick of time. Gregorich humor hits the right notes for a beginning reader's sensibility, and Sorra's cheery illustrations of pen, ink and watercolor keep things bright on every page. This sturdily bound, hardcover collection of step-into-reading stories is a perfect choice for home, school or library bookshelves.
— Children’s Literature
Gregorich returns to till the rich soil of idiomatic expressions . . . . When Waltur, in his race to give a thank-you speech for a contest that has yet to be judged, moves his horse behind his cart to speed the trip along, the familiar saying’s meaning has never been clearer. Hilarious situations coupled with lively, quirky watercolor-filled pen-and-ink illustrations, make this a perfect, fun tool for teaching [idioms]. . . .. Give Waltur another blue ribbon.
— Kirkus Reviews
Using the same format as before . . . Gregorich and Sorra once again employ a lightness that allows the tales to teach without lecturing. Gregorich creates some deliciously sticky, comical situations (a perilous ride down a hill after Waltur puts the cart before the horse; a big chase when Waltur doesn’t let sleeping dogs lie; and, last but not least, the titular difficulty with paint), but eventually all the problems are solved. . . . From start to finish this is an appealing book that will call for repeated readings.