Book review: L’escapade de Paolo par Lucie Papineau et Lucie Crovatto

Book Reviews

(In English over here!)

Cette semaine, je vous partage un autre livre par une écrivaine et une illustratrice Canadienne: L’escapade de Paolo écrit par Lucie Papineau et illustré par Lucie Crovatto. Ce livre tout en douceur est vraiment charmant et met en scène le petit Paolo et son amie Camille.

Encore une fois, et presque comme toujours, ce sont bien les illustrations qui m’ont attirée vers ce livre. Les images qui semblent être faites aux crayons de couleur donne un effet naïf et appaisant. Le choix des couleurs participe également à créer un univers serein et tendre. À chaque fois que je regarde ce livre, j’ai l’impression d’être dans le jardin de Paolo, entourée de fleurs, enveloppée dans une douce lumière de début d’été. Les textures utilisées ajoutent également à cet effet d’enveloppement.

J’ai également été charmée par tous les oiseaux qui sont présents dans le livre. Au travers des pages, on reconnait de nombreux oiseaux d’Amérique du Nord, et on en recontre de nouveaux. Les illustrations précises permettent d’apprendre à identifier ces oiseaux qui virevoltent dans le jardin de Paolo et de Camille. De plus, ceux-ci sont aussi cachés un peu partout dans le livre, et on se surprend à s’amuser à nommer le plus d’oiseaux possible de page en page.

Avant de passer à l’histoire, je dois mentionner la petite Camille qui est simplement adorable! Le détail mis dans la création de ce personnage la rende bien vivante. J’ai beaucoup aimé ses vêtements tout en couleurs et en motifs! Durant l’histoire, on suit le petit Paolo qui observe les oiseaux du jardin jusqu’à les rejoindre un jour. Bien que l’histoire soit assez simple, elle aborde les thèmes de la liberté, de l’appartenance ainsi que de l’amitié. Il est rafraichissant d’avoir une histoire d’amitié entre une petite fille et un oiseau. Et la personnalité du petit Paolo fait qu’on s’attache à lui très facilement.

Pour finir, ce livre est adorable et vraiment très joli. Les illustrations créent un univers enchanteur et l’histoire d’amitié plaira aux jeunes lecteurs à qui s’adresse ce livre. Le lecteur plus avancé sera sans nul doute amusé d’apprendre à reconnaître certains oiseaux et à explorer la nature avoisinante pour les y voir. Finalement, petit détail vraiment sympathique: La couverture “jaquette” se déplie en affiche présentant les différents oiseaux du livre! Bref, ce livre est parfait pour les jeunes ornithologues!

L’escapade de Paolo, par Lucie Papineau et Lucie Crovatto, Éditions La Bagnole

Pas encore disponible en Anglais malheureusement!


 

Book review: Paolo’s Adventure by Lucie Papineau and Lucie Crovatto

This week, I share with you another book by a Canadian writer and illustrator: L’escapade de Paolo written by Lucie Papineau and illustrated by Lucie Crovatto. This sweet book is really charming and features little Paolo and his friend Camille.

Once again, and almost as always, it was the illustrations that drew me to this book. The images that seem to be made with colored pencils give a naive and soothing effect. The choice of colors also contributes to create a serene and tender universe. Every time I look at this book, I feel like I am in Paolo’s garden, surrounded by flowers, wrapped in a soft early summer light. The textures used also add to this enveloping effect.

I was also charmed by all the birds that are present in the book. Through the pages, we recognize many North American birds, and we meet new ones. The precise illustrations allow us to learn how to identify the birds that fly around Paolo and Camille’s garden. Moreover, these birds are also hidden throughout the book, and we find ourselves having fun naming as many birds as possible from page to page.

Before I get to the story, I have to mention little Camille who is simply adorable! The details put into the creation of this character make her come alive. I really liked her colorful and patterned clothes! During the story, we follow little Paolo who observes the birds in the garden until he joins them one day. Although the story is fairly simple, it touches on themes of freedom, belonging, and friendship. It is refreshing to have a story of friendship between a little girl and a bird. And the personality of little Paolo makes it easy to get attached to him.

Finally, this book is adorable and really pretty. The illustrations create an enchanting world and the story of friendship will appeal to the young readers for whom this book is intended. The more advanced reader will undoubtedly be amused to learn how to recognize some of the birds and to explore the surrounding nature to see them. Finally, a really nice detail: The cover “dust jacket” unfolds into a poster presenting the different birds of the book! In short, this book is perfect for young birders!

L’escapade de Paolo, par Lucie Papineau et Lucie Crovatto, Éditions La Bagnole

Not yet available in English, unfortunately!

Agatha’s Journal, October 2020 Update

Agatha's Journal

(en français en bas!)

Good news everyone!

So as you know if you’ve been following my recent book project, I had to put every thing on hold because my Kickstarter campaign did not work. It is what it is, but it meant that I had exactly 0$ to push my project forward. I was a bit discouraged, and just pushed this project to the back of my head for a little bit.

Well, I just ordered some real-life copies of the book that will be available in the store as soon as I receive them! I’m beyond grateful that this is even possible and so excited to have at least a few books available. I’m also glad that I’ll be able to send you thank you notes and surprises with your orders!

Since quantities will be limited, I encourage you to sign up to my newsletter to get notified when the books will be available.


Bonne nouvelle tout le monde!

Comme vous le savez si vous avez suivi mon récent projet de livre, j’ai dû tout mettre en pause parce que ma campagne Kickstarter n’a pas fonctionné. C’est comme ça, mais cela signifie que j’avais exactement 0$ pour faire avancer mon projet. J’étais un peu découragée, et j’ai juste repoussé ce projet à plus tard, pendant un petit moment.

Je viens de commander des exemplaires du livre qui seront disponibles à la boutique dès que je les recevrai! Je suis plus que reconnaissante que cela soit possible et je suis très heureuse d’avoir au moins quelques livres disponibles. Je suis également heureuse de pouvoir vous envoyer des remerciements et des surprises avec vos commandes!

Comme seulement quelques copies du livres seront disponibles, je vous encourage à vous abonner à ma newslettre pour être mis au courant dès qu’ils seront là!

Book review: Slow Down, by Rachel Williams and Freya Hartas

Book Reviews

I’ve been so excited about this book for so long! I love Freya Hartas’ illustration style, and it is through her that I learned about this book. Here’s my review for Slow Down, written by Rachel Williams and illustrated by Freya Hartas.

This book is a collection of 50 natural phenomena to observe and enjoy. It is meant as a book to help children explore nature and mindfulness.

First, what a great idea! This would have been the perfect book for me as a child, but it is frankly the perfect book for me as an adult. If you love learning, love nature and want to observe and understand the world, this is the perfect book for you too! Rachel Williams did a wonderful job at picking out phenomena that are both easy to observe but interesting to understand. Plus, you’ll learn about animals, plants and weather! Even as an adult, there were some things in the book that I didn’t know and was impressed to learn about.

Now, the illustrations are what got me hooked on the book. As I mentioned, I learned about the book through Freya Hartas, the illustrator. What I love most about her illustrations is that whatever subject she is drawing, they’ll have a personality. This makes every single page fun to explore and get lost into. Her colouring is also so bright and alive. It was a pleasure to see her detailed illustrations page after page.

Also, this book is a very beautiful book that makes an incredible gift. It is big and hardcover which makes it perfect for little hands dragging it to the park or the garden. Every page is filled with details both in the illustrations and in the text. I loved this kind of books when I was a kid: you could jump into any page and find a little detail to notice and appreciate. More over, as each phenomena takes two pages of the book, this could make a great book for a reluctant reader. I could imagine myself reading just the two pages and sending off kids to explore nature. It’s a great resource for the young naturalists in your life. A strong point of the book is also that it presents both rural and urban natural scenes so everyone will be able to find something to observe.

Finally, I would put this book on every to-read list there is because it is such a great invitation to observe and appreciate the wonder and excitement of nature. For this reason, I think it is an incredible tool to help children and their parents understand how fascinating the natural world is. This for me is primordial if we want to preserve nature in any significant way. It is much more easier to protect something you love and know after all.

Slow Down, by Rachel Williams, Illustrated by Freya Hartas, Magic Cat Publishing

Book review: Kodi by Jared Cullum

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Another rainy day find: the beautifully sweet and woderfully illustrated graphic novel, Kodi by Jared Cullum.

I promise that I don’t only buy books on rainy days, but this one is another great rainy day find. I couldn’t resist this album all drawn in watercolours AND about a bear.

First and foremost, the illustrations are beautiful. Jared Cullum strikes again with wonderful watercolours where light, textures and colours create a soft and descriptive world. I’m particularly impressed by how effectively he renders light and shadows. It is such a big difficulty for me; it’s mesmerizing to see a master at work.

Another thing that I really enjoyed was the rhythm of the story. Some pages are almost cinematographic, and you find yourself racing along with the characters. With often little words, Cullum creates whole scenes and emotions, touching and sometimes comical.

I also really enjoyed his character design. His bear is everything a child would love: big and strong, yet also vulnerable and gentle. The little girl is strong and willful and so relatable. The grandmother is also quite extraordinary with her tiny hands and big body that seems to me made for hugging. I also loved how the townspeople are depicted. Frankly, all the characters have something unique and special. I found myself wondering about each one of them. The possibilities for spinoffs are endless!

Finally, if nothing else will do it for you, the story of friendship between a bear and a little girl will warm the coldest of hearts. Filled with unlikely companions, this story is soft and beautiful, while still appealing to children and adults alike. Themes of friendship, trust and loyalty are explored in a story where camaraderie and love conquer all. I cannot wait for the other books to come out! In the meantime, I strongly suggest adding this title to your to-read list! (psst, you can even grab a signed copy!)

Kodi, by Jared Cullum, Top Shelf Production Publishing