Robinhound has a much older brother who takes him to nursery, but Robinhound doesn’t understand why he has to go to nursery every day. Everything goes a bit wrong for Robinhound. He tries to pour his own milk, but spills it over the table. He kicks his ball into the air, but predictably, Petter is standing in the way when the ball comes down again.
Everyone scolds him and no one understands that it wasn’t his fault.
‘This picture-book is right on target … a real joy to read. The combination of words and pictures is harmonious, attractive and enjoyable, with a rich gallery of characters … The book is unusually well illustrated. Distinctive features, crooked houses, overturned buckets and different colours on the posters: everything has its own particular significance, and everything contributes to the story. The pictures – drawings and paper collage which look as if they have been cut out and glued in – perfectly complement the economical text. The pictures say what the words don’t. … Det var ikke jeg! sa Robinhund is elegant, beautifully illustrated, witty and warm.’
'Brilliant picture book with expressive illustrations, where everything is experienced from Robinhound’s perspective. It’s easy to get carried away in the play and quite annoying to have to ask for forgiveness when you’re always the scapegoat! So it’s good to have a big and confident older brother to confide in.'
'Det var ikke jeg! sa Robinhund is a lovely little book about our small friends who are often unlucky, who don’t mean anything wrong when they do things they’re not supposed to do, who do something wrong even when they want to do something right. It is beautifully illustrated, well written, it will engage and delight young readers – both the unlucky and their friends.'
'There are many fine details here that captivate both children and adults alike – for example, the little boy who is always pointing at Robinhound and saying: “It was him” and “Him again”. But then, it’s good to have an older brother who is so big he has size 30 shoes and who supports you no matter what. This book might also be a bit of an eye opener for us adults, too.'
'Admitting fault can be hard even for adults, and no less difficult for children. This is a picture book that pays attention to the child’s perspective in a good way.'
'De Faria’s picture book is a delight to read. The story is, both in pictures and words, well balanced, beautiful and funny. The cast of characters is priceless. The book is about the dumbest of things and best of things: About no-good days, and about the value of allies who are there for you, no matter what.'
Rights sold to: DENMARK (ABC Forlag), GERMANY (Mixtvision Verlag), KOREA (Samsung Publishing) and SWEDEN (Natur & Kultur).