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Clémentine Beauvais French Friday French literature in translation

FRENCH FRIDAY: Clémentine Beauvais on “Piglettes”, translations and French YA

Three girls. A summer holiday. One epic road-trip. And sausages. Piglettes (Pushkin Press) follows Mireille, Astrid and Hakima as they embark on a trip of a lifetime to reach, by bicycle, the Palais de l’Elysée on 14th July from their home in Bourg-en-Bresse. All have different motives for getting there, but they share the same motivation …

3+ animal welfare animals Barroux environment French Friday French literature

Barroux’s “Where’s the …” series

Come and join Barroux on a game of hide-and-seek with a difference! Where’s the Elephant and Where’s the Starfish? (Egmont) are two quasi-wordless picturebooks which carry an incredibly powerful message about the effect Man has on the environment, and more particularly deforestation and sea pollution. Designed in a Where’s Wally? type puzzle book, the hide-and-seek style allows the message behind …

3+ French Friday French literature friendship Gabrielle Vincent in translation

Ernest & Celestine: The Picnic

Gabrielle Vincent “Ernest et Célestine vont pique-niquer”, translated by Sam Alexander (Catnip Publishing) Ernest has promised Celestine they will go on a picnic and the little mouse is very much looking forward to it. When it pours down with the rain the next day, Ernest cannot bear to see Celestine disappointed. So, undeterred by the torrential rain, off …

14+ disabilities families French Friday French literature friendship in translation Marie-Aude Murail siblings

My Brother Simple

Marie-Aude Murail “Simple”, translated by Adriana Hunter (Bloomsbury Children’s Books) Kleber is starting his second year of sixth-form at the prestigious Lycée Henri IV and as well as worrying about the school year ahead, he must also find himself and his older brother, Barnaby, somewhere to live. Barnaby, known as Simple, is twenty-two years old but has …

9+ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry French literature graphic novels Joann Sfar philosophy Sarah Ardizzone translations

The Little Prince: A Graphic Novel

Joann Sfar (original text by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)translated by Sarah Ardizzone(Walker Books) A pilot finds himself stranded in the desert after crash-landing his plane. While he desperately tries to fix the problem, a little boy appears out of nowhere. He is from a tiny faraway planet, where he lives with only three small volcanoes and …