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Dot and Anton

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'Gadzooks!' said Dot ... 'The things that boy can do!'



Dot loves play-acting, dressing up her pet dachshund Piefke and making up words like 'splentastic'. Her best friend is Anton, who lives in a little apartment and looks after his mother.



They share a secret - every night, when their parents think they are asleep, they sell matches and shoelaces on the streets of Berlin with Dot's grumpy governess. But why?



The answers involve a villain called 'Robert the Devil', a club-wielding maid, a wobbly tooth, a pair of silver shoes and a policeman dancing the tango, as Dot and Anton get into all sorts of scrapes and even solve a crime in this delightful, touching and hilarious adventure story.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 148 x 200 x 10.16mm | 272.16g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1782690573
  • 9781782690573
  • 42,299

Review Text

"An unlikely secret friendship leads to a scotched burglary and generous quantities of just deserts in this freshly translated caper from the author of Emil and the Detectives. . . First published in 1931 and last available in English in 1973, the tale is presented here in handsome packaging with its original fluent line drawings, and it wears its age reasonably well. . . A minor classic featuring a pair of intrepid protagonists, a comically suspenseful climax, and a mildly caricatured adult cast." - Kirkus Reviews

"Walter Trier's deceptively innocent drawings are as classic as Kästner's words; I never tire of them." - Quentin Blake

"Groundbreaking... quite remarkable. . . My favourite book as a child... funny, exciting and very atmospheric." - Michael Rosen on Emil

"A little masterpiece... Read it and you will be happy." - Maurice Sendak on Emil

"Marvellous'; 'A great political story: democracy in action." - Philip Pullman on Emil (in the Independent 's 'The 50 books every child should read')
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[Erich Kastner] has a way of being very funny while also making a serious point Irish Times Dot is a delightful creation... A child reader will adore the pug dogs and cream cakes and Christmas lights, all winningly illustrated by Walter Trier-the Quentin Blake to Kastner's Roald Dahl. An adult, though, will see behind the pigtails and street chases, to signs of a Germany which had lost track of morality and reason Standpoint magazine Full to the brim with memorable characters... The bold line drawings by Walter Trier enhance the story wonderfully... Nearly a century later the messages of courage, pride, respect and friendship remain equally relevant today Children's Books Ireland First published in 1931 and last available in English in 1973, the tale is presented here in handsome packaging with its original fluent line drawings, and it wears its age reasonably well... A minor classic featuring a pair of intrepid protagonists, a comically suspenseful climax, and a mildly caricatured adult cast Kirkus
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About Erich Kästner

Erich Kastner,writer, poet and journalist, was born in Dresden in 1899. His first children's book, Emil and the Detectives, was published in 1929 and has since sold millions of copies around the world and been translated into around 60 languages. After the Nazis took power in Germany, Kastner's books were burnt and he was excluded from the writers' guild. He won many awards, including the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1960. He died in 1974.
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Rating details

5,840 ratings
4.17 out of 5 stars
5 45% (2,627)
4 33% (1,918)
3 18% (1,023)
2 4% (206)
1 1% (66)
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