Hector was the hottest boy who ever lived. No one could come near him. Hector was unbearably, bone-achingly sad. But then he met Gilda, a cool Viking adventurer, and his life was changed for ever! Hector's tale is an extraordinary one. And now Minton, the loyal salamander, is the star of his very own series of picture books by Anna Fienberg and Kim Gamble.
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Anna Fienberg is loved for her imaginative stories, and Kim Gamble's illustrations are enjoyed by thousands of children.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 3?This odd Australian import is about Hector, a red-headed boy spawned by a volcano, whose only friend is Minton the salamander?no one else can stand the heat he projects. After a great storm floods their home on the edge of the world, they wind up floating adrift at sea and are finally rescued by a Viking adventurer. Gilda enjoys Hector's warmth, and takes him home with her, but the other villagers are suspicious and frightened of the stranger. When Hector literally thaws out a frozen child and his usefulness in a cold climate is made evident (he can heat bath water or sauna rocks with a touch), he is at last accepted, but it is Gilda who buys a sled and pony and starts "Hector's Heating and Hot Water Service," making a wonderful new life for herself, the boy, and his salamander. The lengthy text has no pep and the cartoon illustrations are static?the colors are muted, except for Hector's wild red hair. If there is any real humor here, few children are likely to find it.?Rosanne Cerny, Queens Borough Public Library, NY
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Book Description Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited (Australia), 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1865080934
Book Description Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited (A, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111865080934