FRENCH FRIDAY: A guest post by Clémentine Beauvais
French Friday is back with a very entertaining guest post from Clémentine Beauvais, author of the Royal Babysitters series, the first tome of which was published earlier this month by Bloomsbury Children’s Books.
Clémentine as you might have guessed by now, is French. She was born in Paris, but moved to England in her late teens. As well as studying children’s literature in Cambridge, Clem is the author of several books on both sides of the Channel, and she writes in both languages. As well as the Royal Babysitters series, she has also written in English the Sesame Seade Mysteries. In French she is the author of several teenage books and picturebooks.
The Royal Babysitters , heavily illustrated by the very talented Becka Moor, tells the wacky adventures of Anna and Holly who, bored and jaded by their uneventful holiday, decide to take on the jobs of royal babysitter so they can afford the holiday of a lifetime. But things don’t go quite to plan when their charge not only ends up quite challenging but the King of Daneland also decides this would be a marvelous day to invade Britland. Again.
Full of witty references, slapstick humour and madcap situations, The royal Babysitters is a fun and quick-paced story for younger readers. Lots of illustrations, often intertwined in the text break the text into manageable chunks and there are laughs and silliness a gogo to keep readers entertained. Positive messages of the importance of friendship and team-work are well addressed thanks to Pepino, whose spoilt attitude is transformed into, at first reluctant, friendliness. The girls’ willingness to work in order to afford what they want won’t hopefully be missed by young readers either.
A franglais treat
signée Clémentine Beauvais
Fantastique! A quasi-Francian territory in the English-speaking blogosphere! As you may or may not know, the amicable person who was selected by the Queen and King of Britland to write down our adventures happens to be perfectly Francian, though she’s been living incognito in our country for many years and trying to get rid of her rrridiculoos accent. Her name is Clémentine Beauvais and it’s pronounced clementeeeeeeen bovay in case you’re wondering.
Since this is a semi-Francian blog, let’s have a summary of The Royal Babysitters in Frenglish!
Les Royal Babysitters is la story of the très très extraordinaire invasion of King Alaspooryorick of Daneland dans le Kingdom de Britland… and the très très fabuleuse défense by the two petite girls Anna and Holly, and le prince Pepino!
King Alaspooryorick, vous savez, est le king who is en amour avec le fromage and the swimming-pool of le King and la Queen of Britland.
– Oh sapristi!!! says King Alaspooryorick one day. I want la Britland aujourd’hui!
Donc King Alaspooryorick takes un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq boats, et invades Britland.
He has le zeppelin énorme !!! Et le hummingbird cannon !
– Oh là là ! screams le people of Britland. We are going to be transformés en meatballs!
Thankfully, aujourd’hui is the day quand Anna et Holly et le prince Pepino are babysitting les petits princes de Britland.
Et Anna, Holly et Pepino have une catapulte, un boa constrictor and a big big big collection de fromages…
Et le fromage is très efficient against le hummingbird cannon !!!
Meanwhile, all les petits princes de Britland (six !) are also très courageux et defend la nation très très bien.
Fun, non? So go read l’aventure géniale de Holly, Anna et Pépino dans The Royal Babysitters, illustré par la fille de Britland Becka Moor et written par la fille de Francia Clémentine Beauvais.
Thank you so much , Clémentine!
The Royal Babysitters is out now!