This was a book about a young Bulgarian boy who wants to be an artist. Dobry, like a lot of children, had a hard time convincing his mother of his capabilities. Monica Shannon's approach to children's literature it similar to Kate DiCamillo's. They both use a broader range of vocabulary and assume that their readers will figure out what the words mean. I love this approach and like to learn new words this way. I was disappointed that it was out of print. I liked it much more than some of the books that are older and still in print.