New Children’s Books: Changes in the Family
What happens to children when parents divorce? When a new baby arrives? Nicolas Mathieu and Pauline Delabroy Allard explore with subtlety, imagination, and much humor these moments of and transition when life goes on, but not exactly like before, moments which mark however softly a before and an after.
For kids ages 5/6 and up!
A father walks his boy to his first day of school (first grade), along the way, they remember days of their past summers, grandma’s garden and its strawberries, driving to the beach, their life with Mom, Mathieu’s dialogues and Pierre-Henri Comont’s drawings capture what we guess is a new stage of life for father and son: with its succession of small challenges, frustrations, moments of dullness and shared complicity.
La grande école, a picture book by Nicolas Mathieu and Pierre-Henri Gomont, Actes Sud Junior
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In the pitch black night of his room, Nino and his stuffed whale get up to see Papa wiping the water-soaked floor of the kitchen, with Mama standing beside.
Papa puts him back to bed, but Nino gets up a little later — this time he gazes into the washing machine window for so long, that he finds himself swimming in the deep blue waters of an ocean. Thus the start of a fabulous journey.
Pauline Delabroy Allard and Camille Jourdy transform the arrival of a new family member into an underwater adventure with extraordinary images!
Le Dégât des eaux, a picture book by Pauline Delabroy-Allard and Camille Jourdy, THierry Magnier
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