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Ten French Children’s Books – that are available in English!

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Author of the hilarious The Royal Wedding Crashers and The Royal Babysitters, Clementine Beauvais has shared with us at Lovereading4kids, her 10 of the best French Children’s books translated into English…

 

Have you ever heard me complain about the fact that hardly anything ever gets translated into English from other countries in the world? No? Well, you’ve probably never sat down with me for more than ten minutes. I should probably go on strike and demonstrate and burn cars about it, but maybe it’s better to take things more positively and think about the children’s books… that do get translated!

 

Today, I’m going to focus on French children’s books translated into English – because 1) I’m French, and 2) my new Very British book, The Royal Wedding-Crashers, takes place in a place a litteul bit like France. It’s called Francia. Any resemblance, etc. So, which Francian books would my little Pepino, Holly and Anna read, if they had the time to read (as opposed to flying across the city, running around catacombs, and being almost-beheaded)?

 

Well, there’s the classics, of course, but I won’t go on about Astérix, Babar, the Little Prince and Tintin (Belgian, not French, I know!), or even Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Hervé Tullet’s Press Here, or Jean-Luc Fromental and Joëlle Jolivet’s 365 Penguins, because you already know about those. What else is there? Here’s a highly subjective list of gems.

  1. I can’t wait, by Davide Cali and Serge Bloch. Black and white figures, a red thread, a life story. An Amazon review hysterically warns us that ‘it’s not for children!!!’, so please give it to children.
  2. De Zert Island, by Claude Ponti. One of the rare translations in English of ‘the’ master of French picturebook art. Not his best, but beggars can’t be choosers. It’s a perfect introduction to Ponti’s world, a sprawling, quirky, phenomenally detailed universe of monsters and hybrids, of things turned animal and humanoid plants. (Picturebook)
  3. The Aldebaran series, by Leo. Brazilian-born comic artist Leo, who lives in France and writes in French, is the author of one of my favourite series, Aldebaran. It is the thrilling and sensitive maturation tale of a young girl, Kim, on a faraway planet from which all contact with the Earth has been cut. The ecosystem is carefully researched, beautifully precise. (YA, explicit sex scenes)
  4. Daniel Pennac beyond The Rights of the Reader. There have been some English translations of Pennac’s always touching, discreetly radical tales for children: his animal tales, The Eye of the Wolf and Dog (MG), and the story of his childhood School Blues (YA/ Adult), which also gives a damning account of the French educational system and its treatment of those who don’t ‘succeed’.
  5. Zebedee’s Balloon, by Alice Brière-Haquet and Olivier Philipponneau. Zebedee’s got a balloon, which he takes everywhere. But one day it flies away… A gorgeous picturebook for very young readers, with delicate wood cuts, about what we lose and what we gain when the comfort blankets of childhood are taken away. (Picturebook)
  6. Blue is the Warmest Colour, by Julie Maroh. The comic which inspired the film by Abdellatif Kechiche (Maroh later said she didn’t endorse the adaptation). Teenager Clémentine (what a lovely name!) falls in love with Emma, whose haunting blue hair is the Ariadne’s thread in the otherwise grayscale graphic novel. I find both comic and film outstanding and heartbreaking. (YA, explicit sex scenes)
  7. Catherine Certitude, by Patrick Modiano. Andersen translated Modiano’s only children’s book after he got the Nobel Prize. I don’t know how many times as a child I read and reread this poetic story of a little girl and her father, whose worlds become blurry – and dreamlike – every time they take off their glasses. (MG)
  8. Toby Alone, by Timothée de Fombelle. I’ll just leave you with the first sentence: ‘Toby was one and a half millimetres tall, not exactly big for a boy his age. Only his toes were sticking out of the hole in the bark where he was hiding.’ Yes, I know you want it now. Good. And it’s translated by Sarah Ardizzone, who is arguably the most brilliant translator of French children’s literature into English at the moment. (MG)
  9. My Brother Simple, by Marie-Aude Murail. It is an absolute scandal that there isn’t more translated into English from the Queen of French Teenage Literature. Her classic Oh, Boy!, published in 1989, was far ahead of its time in describing illness and homosexuality with incredible sensitivity and laugh-out-loud humour. Her masterpiece is Miss Charity, a fictionalised biography of Beatrix Potter. My Brother Simple is arguably less radical, but it’s the only available one in English while we wait for the rest of her works to be translated (HINT, HINT). (YA)
  10. My Cat, the Silliest Cat in the World, by Gilles Bachelet. It’s a picturebook featuring, as you can see on the cover, a cat, but that cat isn’t a normal cat. It’s an extremely silly cat. (Picturebook)

HARRY POTTER BOOK NIGHT 5 February 2015 – vote for your favourite spell

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE HARRY POTTER SPELL

 

‘As you see, we are holding our wands in the accepted combative position,’ Lockhart told the silent crowd. ‘On the count of three, we will cast our first spells. Neither of us will be aiming to kill, of course.’ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

 

As part of the celebrations for Harry Potter Book Night: A Night of Spells, Bloomsbury Children’s Books is launching the first official global search to find the world’s favourite spell from the Harry Potter books.

 

The hundreds of amazing spells created by J.K. Rowling within the pages of the Harry Potter books are legendary. Full of inventiveness and cunning, these famous magical incantations protect and challenge Harry and his friends in all sorts of ways.

 

Bloomsbury has created a list of key spells from the books which can be found at http://bit.ly/HarryPotterSpellVote where visitors can vote. The poll opens on Thursday 21st January and closes on Tuesday 2nd February. The results will be announced on Harry Potter Book Night, Thursday 4th February.

 

Will the favourite be a sly spell, a mysterious charm or a unforgiveable curse like Avada Kedavra? It’s over to the Harry Potter fans across the world to cast their vote. Vote for your favourite spell at http://bit.ly/HarryPotterSpellVote

 

Excitement builds towards global celebrations on 5 February…

 

 

Excitement is building to the first ever Harry Potter Book Night on 5 February. This exciting event created by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc invites new and existing fans to share the wonder of J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories and, most excitingly, to introduce the next generation of readers to the unparalleled magic of Harry Potter.

 

Schools, bookshops, libraries and community groups throughout the UK & Ireland – and indeed the world – are currently refining their plans to make 5 February a night to remember! Twitter is buzzing with the#HarryPotterBookNight hashtag as hosts share news of their events. Over 8,500 Harry Potter Book Night event kits have been downloaded by event hosts in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Singapore, Germany, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Norway, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, and the Ukraine. In the UK and Ireland, ALL 1,000 Chatterbooks groups are holding Harry Potter Book Night events, as are 240 Brownie groups and 80 Girl Guide groups. Event kits will be available online for FREE download right up until the night itself so there’s still time to decide to host an event involving games, quizzes, activities and dressing up.

 

Waterstone’s Piccadilly – Europe’s largest bookshop – will play host to a very special WE LOVE HARRY POTTER! Event from 6:30 pm on 5 February with guests including NEW Harry Potter illustrator Jonny Duddle, STAR author Laura Dockrill plus members of the POTTERMORE team and fan community MUGGLENET. Guests are invited to dress as wizard, witch or muggle. Tickets are limited and selling fast at waterstones.com. Earlier in the day, Jonny Duddle will be unveiling the secrets behind his amazing new illustrations to an invited schools audience at The Story Museum in Oxford.

 

Bloomsbury has launched a major competition for schools in the UK and Ireland to win an illustration workshop with Jonny Duddle plus a piece of exclusive money-can’t-buy Harry Potter wall art. For more information on this, plus other exciting Harry Potter Book Night treats, head to harrypotterbooknight.comFacebook.com/HarryPotterBooksfromBloomsbury OR @KidsBloomsbury on Twitter.

 

Emma Hopkin, Children’s M.D. of Bloomsbury Children’s Books says, “We are well aware of the enduring love for J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels so our aim for Harry Potter Book Night has always been to attract new readers to the books – and the overwhelming response from teachers, schools, libraries, Brownie and Girl Guide groups and bookshops will achieve just that so we couldn’t be more pleased.”


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