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About the Author
Emmanuel Bourdier writes for both future adults and grown-up children. In addition to writing books, he is also a teacher, has worked in amateur theater, and loves rock music. This is his first book for minedition.
ZAÜ is the pen name of André Langevin, born in 1943 in Rennes, France. He studied graphic art at the École Estienne in Paris. He works as a graphic artist and has illustrated numerous books that have brought him acclaim. His art takes its inspiration from his many travels.
"[The] graphics depict the characters as racially ambiguous in highly charged emotional scenes that perfectly match the text. Youngsters who might be in similar situations will find comfort, or at least recognition. An empathetic and powerful evocation of a rarely examined family dynamic." --Kirkus Reviews
"A book for our times...a book that works beyond its surface message...a book that certainly deserves multiple readings...Hazelnut Days is going to find a home with the kids that like to think a lot about the world in which they live. It's going to appeal to educators and teachers. Librarians and other gatekeepers will approve its artistry, even as the occasional bold 12-year-old sneaks a peek at it on the sly... those that read it will find it hard to forget." --Elizabeth Bird, slj.com
"Zaü's smudgy, sepia-toned charcoal sketches are striking for their emotional frankness and accessibility." --Publishers Weekly
"A Must Read Spring 2018 Picture Book. A worthy addition to school libraries because it addresses important subjects that aren't often discussed." --Mellissa Taylor, imaginationsoup.net
"This poetic picture book explores the all-too-hidden world of having a parent in prison and about the power of love to bridge the wall that divides us." --Angela Bauer, www.myjournalcourier.com
"Featured in 'Social and Emotional Learning' Booklist" --Publishers Weekly