There’s a Book’s Read-to-Me Picture Book Reading Challenge, Books 4, 5 and 6.
No language specific guidelines were given in the reading challenge, so I am assuming as long as my review is in English I can read my books in other languages. I was surprised to note when looking up these books on amazon.fr, that the French seem to rarely leave any comments on books, unlike the US or UK Amazon sites.
Book 4 La Petite Reine par Emile Jadoule & Catherine Pineur
24 pages, large font and text every other page; this book is definitely destined for the younger reader, say 1-4. Despite a clichéd first page, “Il était une fois une petite reine”, “Once Upon a Tme there was a small queen.” this is a charming, bold pastel-illustrated story in exactly the same genre as “Peter”s Chair” (my Book 3 in this challenge). This little queen is not a happy camper when a “little king” comes along to disrupt her sovereignty in the family. She goes though lots of stroppy, self-focused moments until she recognizes that every little queen really needs a little king and she is happily reconciled to her little brother on the final page. Lots of short, punchy sentences will make this attractive, especially with a young female audience.
Book 5 Le Yeti par Fabrice Houdry.
This is a winner! I suspect even if children had limited or no French they would enjoy this pictorial romp through the daily life of a friendly, caramel-eating yeti. I have to show you the first page and I know you will agree with me 😉
There is no profound plot, but with the huge font, lots of fun repetition, BIG illustrations and simple sentences… kids will love the visual message of this book. Maybe this could be a fun way to introduce some French to your child?
Book 6 Un Artiste Chat by Jean-C. Denis
Our feline hero, Pedro, has spent the past 10 years as a faithful circus acrobat, not only this but he is an esteemed scholar too, being able to count fluently to ten! But “rien n’est plus ennuyeux que d’être un chat savant.” “nothing is more tedious than being a learned cat.” All Pedro really longs for is the freedom to pursue his true creative passions. So farewell circus, and Pedro flees to the first home he comes to in the village . After the initial rage of our rustic homeowner Sancho, an agreement is reached. Pedro keeps the mice at bay for free board and lodging and the freedom to pursue those passions of music, poetry and painting. Word spreads and once again Pedro has an audience, but this time for his creative masterpieces not his addition and acrobatics! Danger looms in the final pages when the circus is back in town and Pedro’s old circus trainer offers Sancho a large sum of money for this Chat-artiste, but Sancho wisely chooses the joy Pedro has brought to his home and village over riches. Though only 15 years old the illustrations had a slightly dated feel to it for me, which detracted from the message and while I was happy to see our artist-cat able to flourish in an appreciative environment, it was not a story that gripped me visually or verbally.