" ...I liked very much the way serious and
delicate themes are treated and combined in the plot..."
Dr. Maria Vertsoni-Kokoli, Institute of Neohellenic
Studies, University of Thessaloniki,
December 12, 1989
"...Clarity and vividness in the narration, successful
description of feelings..."
Nikos Dokas KYRIAKATIKI ELEFTHEROTYPIA newspaper, Athens,
Dec. 24, 1989
"...This book is an important event in the development
of Greek Children's Literature. It is open to many levels
of reading. And this is what distinguishes good writers
from the mediocre ones."
Antonis Delonis, Athens, 31st January 1990
"... Wrong, Mr. Neuger! is not simply
another book by Loty Petrovits. In my opinion, it is
an outstanding novel of inspiration and maturity, which
could be compared to the classics. It has all the characteristics
of a real literature: perfect technique, variety in
the narration, excellent plot, inner balance, flowing
language, clearly designed characters. What I find particularly
interesting is the parallel way of writing at two levels:
one for the young hero, Philippos, and the other for
the German-teacher Alex Neuger... This novel can be
read with enthusiasm by both children and adults..."
V.D. Anagnostopoulos, DIADROMES magazine, issue No 17,
Athens, Spring 1990
"An interesting and pleasant story with many characters
taking part, all playing important roles: from Mr. Neuger
and Philippos down to the villagers and the small children
of the family which the story is primarily about. Starting
from simple, everyday incidents, L. P. proceeds to dealing
with general and historical events; retaining a pleasant
and friendly atmosphere throughout, she creates a fascinating
narration with many unexpected happenings. The heroes
manage to co-exist, each with his/her own peculiarities
and find their completion. Information about the area
is given in the form of "reports", though
always in combination with the everyday events, so that
the past is introduced to the present and time becomes
contracted. The narration is fast-paced, progressive,
well linked, and finds its peak in the diary pages.
It often follows a fluctuating line so as to create
an atmosphere analogous to the course and development
of the story, without disturbing the balance between
the use of two different levels of language. It is additionally
characterized by directness and powerful descriptiveness.
A remarkable social-historical contemporary novel."
DIAVAZO (monthly literary magazine) No 252, 12 December
"... Excellent plot perfectly narrated. Real characters
designed with imagination and efficiency. An essential,
true, and at the same time optimistic approach to life.
L.P.'s incision into the phenomenology of events is
deep and brings us close to the truth..."
Ioannis Theoharis, PROINOS LOGOS (newspaper), Ioannina,
May 3, 1990.
Also published in EPEROTIKI ESTIA magazine, February
"The book deals with important contemporary issues,
such as human relations, family, culture, history, tradition.
Beyond these, it deals widely with modern society. The
reader will come across additional elements, the flowing
narration of which will keep one interested till the
end. An exciting, vivid and very modern book written
in a graceful, powerful language."
Maria Pyliotou, PEDIKI HARA children's magazine -Vol.32,
issue 2/249 Nicosia, Cyprus, November 1992
"This novel carefully touches upon the issue of adult and young’s coexistence within the same house as well as other broader issues related to the acceptance of people of different origins and cultures that conflict Greek mentality. Through luscious narrations, the novel brings young people in touch with the unique beauties of the Greek landscape… The young readers identify themselves with the words and actions of the central young hero of the book and feel close to him… The vocabulary used is particularly rich and unusual… This book should also be read by adults so as to understand the various problems that may create to their children, without perceiving it, because of the way they live."
PILOTOS magazine, Thessaloniki, 26 Jan -8 Feb.1995