Synopses & Reviews
Whether the rivalry is about territory, possessions, the biggest, or the most, anyone with a sibling will relate to the ongoing competition between these two canines. Taken to ridiculous heights, this series of situations with surprisingly human overtones illustrates their ongoing struggle to get along. Its a rivalry that knows no bounds.
Julius the Elder describes how he dominates, tricks, subdues, and, yes, even admires his exuberant young pup of a brother. William the Upstart, on the other hand, demonstrates he is his own dog whatever the consequences. The results are hilarious and tinged with history. In the end, no one would ever dare to question the singular bond demonstrated in Brothers.
This age-old subject has been given a new twist by two very funny men. Its perfect for almost any occasion, especially if a good chuckle is in order. And as we laugh at the antics of Julius and William, we just may learn to laugh at ourselves.
"Newcomers Mazo and Soloviov vie for laughs screenplay-sharp lines on the left, madcap paintings on the right in this account of canine sibling rivalry, easily transposed to reflect human dynamics. Julius narrates with all the requisite condescension and knowingness of an older sibling (he calls his younger brother William the Upstart). 'He thinks the toilet is the Fountain of Youth and not a drinking bowl at all. He insists that when he's tall enough, he will drink from it and remain eternally young,' Julius says. Set against black backgrounds, Soloviov's scenes recall black velvet tapestries and poker-playing dogs, but Julian and William are postmodern ironic, especially when they are shown at the dog United Nations and William bangs his shoe on the desk. Their rivalry notwithstanding, Julius takes his brotherly duties seriously, emphasizing the importance of manners ('Despite my fine example, William is certain he must steal his food in order to eat') and higher achievement ('It is not greed that inspires us to stuff forty tennis balls into our mouths it is ambition'). Adult siblings in particular will profit from Julius's sparkling exposition of the fraternal relationship. All ages." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Michael Mazo was born in Moscow and moved to Washington, D.C., as a child. He received his Bachelors degree from Brandeis University and Masters from Yale. Shortly after graduating, he met the woman who would become his wife and bragged that he was a childrens book author. So he had to write a childrens book. Michael currently works for Frank Foundation Child Assistance International, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged children around the world, and he runs Leaves of Grass Vineyards in Middleburg, VA, with his best friends, bull terriers Nicholas and Gula.
Michael Soloviov was born in Arsamas-16, Russia. He holds degrees in architectural design and costume design. He has designed sets for over thirty theatrical productions with theaters in Moscow, Novosibirsk, Tula, Kursk, Kaliningrad and Kemerovo. His artwork has been displayed in over forty exhibitions. He is a member of the Moscow Artists Union and the Union of Theatre Actors.