Paul & Antoinette

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Product Details

Price
$17.95  $16.69
Publisher
Enchanted Lion Books
Publish Date
Pages
40
Dimensions
8.5 X 0.5 X 10.3 inches | 0.8 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781592701964
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About the Author

Kerascoët is the pen name of Marie Pommepuy and Sébastien Cosset. The artists, who live in Paris and are renowned for their comics, work collaboratively on illustration and book projects.

Reviews

★"Paul is a neatnik who loves to make 'sure everything is sparkling and in its place.' Antoinette likes cleaning too, so long as it involves 'licking the plates and sticky knives' after she's made her Two-Taste Toasts. Paul's idea of a good day is tweezing the parts of a model ship into place. Antoinette's is finding dead birds, bugs, and beetles. When Antoinette finally hauls Paul outside, 'he's inspired to think deeply about Ikebana, ' while she licks a snail, names it Edmond, and then tucks it into her pocket. Working in deeply hued watercolors, Kerascoët (duo Marie Pommepuy and Sébastian Cosset) creates an appealing, adult-free world, neatly expanding on their wry text. When Antoinette throws herself at what Paul sees as a 'ferocious beast'--perhaps a bison, yeti, or werewolf--readers see an enormous, benign brown dog...It would be easy to paint Paul as an irredeemable prig, simply a foil to the dynamic Antoinette, but Kerascoët refrains, simply endowing each little pig with oodles of personality, however contrasting; Antoinette splashes in every mud puddle, while Paul leaps 'elegantly over each' one. No matter the differences, the affection between the siblings is manifest. That each little pig thoroughly subverts gender stereotypes is simply icing on one perfectly delightful cake." --Kirkus Reviews

"I dare you to read this book and not want to go berry picking." --Miranda Rosbach, Book Bloom

"Kerascoët (the French duo of Marie Pommepuy and Sébastien Cosset) presents a lovely slice-of-life story featuring a pair of thoroughly independent pigs who have little in common. Younger sibling Antoinette favors messiness, rambunctiousness, and outdoor play: tidying up after breakfast is one of her chores, since 'licking the plates and sticky knives is her favorite thing'...Paul's idea of a good time is cleaning the house and making intricate model ships, but although his conversations with Antoinette often highlight his cerebral side (on the meanings of flowers: 'The gold button evokes joy, the daisy embodies innocence, the red poppy signifies remembrance'), the expressive watercolor artwork reveals his rich inner life (during one of Paul's cleaning spells, he imagines himself as a pirate, washing the floor like a swabbie and wielding a spray bottle like a pistol). It's a gently funny and emotionally observant portrait of the rewards of spending time with people who aren't just carbon copies of yourself. " --Publisher's Weekly