My Little One

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6.1 X 8.6 X 0.8 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Germano Zullo is a prolific writer and poet who has published numerous screenplays, short stories, novels, and illustrated books. He has received, among other awards, the prestigious Prix Sorciere in 2011. Albertine was born in a Swiss village in 1967. In 1990 she opened a screen-printing workshop and since then has exhibited drawings, screen prints, and more in Geneva and around the world. She married and began her long artistic relationship with Germano Zullo in 1996. Their collaborations have received the Golden Apple of Bratislava (1999), a New York Times Best Illustrated Book (2012), and a Bologna Ragazzi Award for Fiction (2016), among other awards. Katie Kitamura is a critic and novelist living in New York City. She is the author of Gone to the Forest and A Separation. A recipient of a Lannan Residency Fellowship, Kitamura has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, Granta, and BOMB. My Dearest One will be her first published translation.


The parent becomes the child in this sparsely worded French import. The illustrations, done by 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator Award winner Albertine, rest in copious white space. They are spare, delicate line drawings in what appear to be pencil . . . The sense of movement on static pages is compelling--all in the form of fine, simple lines and dynamic page turns. This elegant story . . . provides food for thought for more-contemplative children . . . A playful and poignant take on parenthood. -- Kirkus Reviews

This is a book about love, the passing of time, and the cycle of our lives. It is also about relationships. Slowly, page after page, the black pencil illustrations on milky white paper tell a restrained, eloquently poetic universal story. - The Bologna Ragazzi Award Jury

In the stories created by the creative couple, the relationship between the text and image is so perfectly controlled and the articulation between the two crafts is seamless. The reading rhythm makes room for moments of silence, a dreamlike and reflexive pause before turning the next page...The mastery of the illustration takes the readers elsewhere: a place where they can indulge in a plethora of emotions and feelings that are exacerbated by inspired narration - 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury

Where sober or eccentric, low key or outlandish, the worlds of Albertine are always elegant...she mingles reality and fantasy, the trivial and the sublime, dream and memory. - 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury

My Little One is a unique love story featuring a parent and child. The diminutive size reflects titular "little one," and later, the mother who becomes smaller as she ages and needs her son's care...This small book packs a powerful message of undying love. The simplicity of Albertine's line drawings emphasize the closeness between the mother and child, focusing the readers' eyes on the pair as they focus only on each other. -- Glass of Wine, Glass of Milk (blog)

My Little One surpasses all the others. The book is a lake of pure emotion, the story of a life, of two lives, more precisely, of a mother and a son, revolving in time. Making us laugh and cry with each image, and ask: How is it possible to express so much with the tip of a pencil? -- Marine Landrot, Télérama

Occasionally, there are drawings that are stronger than words. That is the case with this small book that tells the story of a life. A mother, a child, and the time that passes... Deeply moving! (For all ages.) -- Astrapi