The Little Matador (Hardcover)

By Julian Hector, Julian Hector (Illustrator)

Disney-Hyperion, 9781423107798, 40pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2008



The Little Matador comes from a long line of proud bullfighters, but he would rather draw a bull than fight one! Despite his father's best efforts to get him to follow tradition, the Little Matador spends most of days daydreaming and sketching animals in the meadow.

One day when the Little Matador is caught "making a scene" in the town square-drawing a scene, that is-his father decides he's had enough! The Little Matador gets dragged to the arena to face his first bull. He may have decided he's not going to fight, but the bull has other plans. That is, of course, until the Little Matador pulls out his sketch pad. Our talented hero may have won over the bull, but can he overcome his father's disapproval?

In this little book about dreaming big, first time author/illustrator Julian Hector teaches us all about the importance of being true to your heart even in the face of great family expectations-and charging bulls!

About the Author

Elise Primavera wrote and illustrated the first three books in the Fred & Anthony series, Fred & Anthony Escape from the Netherworld, Fred & Anthony Meet the Demented Super-Degerm-O Zombie, and Fred & Anthony Meet the Heinie Goblins from the Black Lagoon. She is also the author/illustrator of the New York Times bestseller Auntie Claus, and its sequel, Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas. She has been illustrating children's books for more than twenty years and has worked with authors such as Jane Yolen, Diane Stanley, Jean Fritz, Art Buchwald, and Delia Ephron. She also illustrated Jerdine Nolen's highly acclaimed "Raising Dragons," recipient of several honors including the 1999 Christopher Award. She works from her home studio in New Jersey.