The Adventures Of Shola

SholaShola is a small white, highly cultivated and opinionated dog with a huge imagination. She lives with her long-suffering owner, Senor Grogo. Four short stories are included in this one volume, with comic pen and ink and watercolor illustrations on practically every double page spread. In the first story, Shola discovers her inner lioness. In the second, she leads the pack on a wild sheepboar hunt. Third, she helps another dog, Angelino, who is plagued by a mouse. And finally, Shola is visited by her eccentric Aunt Clementine from America, who can never remember the pronunciation of Shola’s name, but completely understands Sholas’ independence. Feisty Shola is used to doing and eating exactly what she wants and walking in the park without a collar and lead. The use of language is delightful, especially the use of rarely used words, like “discombobulated” and “rara avis” (Latin for strange creature). Shola doesn’t always understand the words and this results in some very funny consequences. mjw
Title: The Adventures Of Shola
Author: Bernardo Atxaga
: Mikel Valverde
: Pushkin Children’s Books, London
: 2013
Original Language
: Euskera (Basque)
: Translated into Spanish by the author.  Translated in English by Margaret Jull Costa.
Original Spanish Title
: Shola y los leones, Sholas y los jabalies, Shola y Angelino, Shola y la tia de America
Original Spanish Publisher
: Ediciones SM
Original Spanish Copyright
: 1995, 1997, 2006, forthcoming
: 978-1-782690-09-2
Hardcover pages
: 220
Age range
: 9-12
: Fiction
Book setting
: Spain
Author’s ethnicity
: Basque
Author’s residence
: Spain
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Basque
Illustrator’s residence
: Spain
: 2015 Marsh Award for Literature in Translation
: Aunts, Dogs, Food, Lions, Human-animal interactions, Short stories, Wild boar

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