The Brothers Zzli

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$17.99  $16.73
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
8.8 X 10.6 X 0.7 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Alex Cousseau has published over eighty books for children in his native France. His works have been honored with many awards, including the Premio Andersen Prize in 2021 and the Bologna Ragazzi Fiction Award in 2018. The Brothers Zzli is Alex's English-language debut. Visit his website at

Anne-Lise Boutin is a French artist and illustrator whose work is inspired by the mysterious and marvelous. She studied art at the Duperré Art School and at the Arts Décoratifs School, both in Paris. The Brothers Zzli is Anne-Lise's English-language debut. Follow her on Instagram @anneliseboutin.

Vineet Lal is a literary translator of books from French to English, including A Perfect Spot and A Head Full of Birds (both Eerdmans). He studied French at Princeton University and the University of Edinburgh. Vineet lives in Scotland. Follow him on Twitter @vineet_uk.


Booklist (starred review)
"This moving allegory is captured by expressive, vintage-like illustrations created with markers and digital media primarily featuring reds, yellows, greens, and blues. Wordless full-page spreads at the end capture the uplifting conclusion, capping off the story's inclusive message."

Foreword Reviews (starred review)
"Glowing primary colors illuminate this story that ends with hope--despite all odds."

Kirkus Reviews
"A quirky, poignant take on the refugee crisis, though one best introduced by sensitive caregivers or educators."