Did you ever read The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, The Bard, by Gregory Rogers? It's a wonderful wordless picture book, involving time travel back to the age of Shakespeare, that I really must review as a Timeslip Tuesday book someday, because it is truly excellent. In any event, the titular Boy returns in The Hero of Little Street (Roaring Brook Press, March, 2012). This time around, the boy inadvertently provokes a gang of boys, and must flee. A handy art museum offers a refugee, and there magic again enters his life when the little dog from this famous painting --
-- comes out to play with him.
--back in 17th century Holland. More than a little mayhem ensues, as boy and dog hurtle through Delft, until at last the boy saves a pack of caged dogs from become sausage meat. He then heads home to the present, with the grateful dogs close at hand to save him from the bullies.
Told with no words whatsoever, it's a story to savour with a child at hand, enjoying the details, and laughing at the humor of the various situations in which the boy finds himself. And as well as being utterly engaging as a graphic story, it's a nice introduction to the world of 17th-century Holland!
I myself can't help but prefer The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard, because I do like the bear awfully much, but dog lovers and Vermeer lovers might like this one more!