Here is the first part of a nice collaboration we have, Marion Sunnyreve and I, with Little magazine and a publishing house we love: Actes Sud Junior!
Our job: read the Actes Sud Junior books and tell you about our favorites … hard hard you can imagine!
So today I present you an album, a comic and a novel, which I particularly like at the moment.
The album All that, Marc Martin and Isabelle Pehourticq
You know me, I like beautiful illustrations. I also like big books where there are a thousand things to watch. I fell in love with All thatjust like Mona and even Matilda do you figure!
All that proposes a world tour in watercolor, with a selection of cities all more different than each other. A city, a double page filled with small details, animals, vehicles, nature, homes, culture and anecdotes, in the form of a large board that we like to observe as a picture … a very nice discovery.
The comics Forever, by Christian Demilly and Vincent Mahé
Attention emotion …
I have obviously shed my tearful eyes on the reading of this universal story, which is neither more nor less than the history of life as we live it, in image and without text or almost. A little girl and her dog. A woman and her daughter, then the eternal recommencement of life and death and successive generations. The images are simple but have affected me tremendously. The seynetes that follow one another have absolutely nothing cliché and are even of incredible accuracy. I think in particular of the illustration of the night at the maternity where we try to sleep, alone for the first time with our baby.
A universal and moving album at will.
I really like reading novels for teenagers. As much to tell you that some are worth more than many adult novels.
This one is the story (rather banal) of Camille, 13 years old, separated parents for 5 years, who sails every week between the house of dad and that of mother. The originality of this short novel is that it focuses on a very particular event: Camille's appointment with the family judge to decide which parent she will live from now on.
Australia with her mom? Paris with his father, his girlfriend and their baby?
The choice is difficult, and the anguish of his parents can be read on their faces. Can a teenager really decide alone and without any influence, where and with what parent she wishes to live? That's the whole question that this book asks … Where we imagine separated parents say "It's not your fault, it's ours. You will live where you want! Is it really possible to put no pressure on a child's shoulders in these moments?
A moving book in which many will recognize themselves.