Marguerite's Christmas by India Desjardins
  

Marguerite's Christmas

Written by India Desjardins
Illustrated by Pascal Blanchet

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Synopsis

Marguerite's Christmas by India Desjardins

This was a big winner at the Bologna Book Fair in 2014, taking away the Ragazzi Award in Fiction This is a book for readers 8+. It is just as much an adult book as a children's book and should be marketed and sold as such. The retro style of the art and the perspectives are breathtaking. The quality of this book, from design, to hand-created lettering (Pascal), to story and realization is top-notch and will be noticed. BEAUTY & SUBSTANCE are aligned here. As with Blexbolex's books, this one is unusual, set apart by a graphic style and conception that are unique.

Reviews

A Huffington Post Honorable Mention in Most Heartwarming Category for 2015. Desjardins

's alien experience, and Blanchet's flat, retro illustrations are a perfect complement. In both aesthetic and setting they evoke the mid-20th century, when Marguerite and her husband no doubt set up housekeeping. In one particularly funny, wordless image, Marguerite stands at the door, an impossibly long cord extending all the way down the hall from the dad's unseen hand outside to the rotary phone hung on the wall. Share with older children; it will give them a new understanding of Grandma. -- STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews Blanchet's screen prints are unequivocally gorgeous, while simultaneously emphasizing solitude and loneliness . . . This melancholy story offers layers of visual and psychological subtlety for introspective readers - Publishers Weekly This beautiful, unusual book looks tenderly but realistically at a housebound older person trying to face her impending death bravely. Many children will recognize grandparents and other relatives in Marguerite?...?. Blanchet's sleek, wistful art evokes the 1950s, when Marguerite's life must have been in full bloom. --Maria Russo, The New York Times Book Review Melancholy and surprising, this handsome book may inspire more than a few hasty holiday calls to absent parents or grandparents. --Meghan Cox Gurdon, The Wall Street Journal Marguerite's Christmas is perfection from the storytelling and illustration to the candy cane end-papers and placement of the type. It's one of those books where everything works in exquisite balance, each element enhancing the expression of the other. Yes, it is at times an uneasy, layered read, but it is also deeply touching. I'll not soon forget Marguerite. I feel like I've known her my whole life. --Donna McKinnon, 32 Pages Another thing to love about this book is its design and production: a cloth cover! Candy cane-striped endpapers! The thick, cream-colored pages! Happy holidays, indeed. The entire package here is a gift to readers. Blanchet's illustrations are a throwback to illustrations of the 1940s and '50s; his artistic style is a clear cousin to the likes of Roger Duvoisin.

's alien experience, and Blanchet's flat, retro illustrations are a perfect complement. In both aesthetic and setting they evoke the mid-20th century, when Marguerite and her husband no doubt set up housekeeping. In one particularly funny, wordless image, Marguerite stands at the door, an impossibly long cord extending all the way down the hall from the dad's unseen hand outside to the rotary phone hung on the wall. Share with older children; it will give them a new understanding of Grandma. -- STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews Blanchet's screen prints are unequivocally gorgeous, while simultaneously emphasizing solitude and loneliness . . . This melancholy story offers layers of visual and psychological subtlety for introspective readers ? Publishers Weekly This beautiful, unusual book looks tenderly but realistically at a housebound older person trying to face her impending death bravely. Many children will recognize grandparents and other relatives in Marguerite?...?. Blanchet's sleek, wistful art evokes the 1950s, when Marguerite's life must have been in full bloom. ? ? Maria Russo, The New York Times Book Review Melancholy and surprising, this handsome book may inspire more than a few hasty holiday calls to absent parents or grandparents. --Meghan Cox Gurdon, The Wall Street Journal Marguerite's Christmas is perfection from the storytelling and illustration to the candy cane end-papers and placement of the type. It's one of those books where everything works in exquisite balance, each element enhancing the expression of the other. Yes, it is at times an uneasy, layered read, but it is also deeply touching. I'll not soon forget Marguerite. I feel like I've known her my whole life. ? ? Donna McKinnon, 32 Pages Another thing to love about this book is its design and production: a cloth cover! Candy cane? striped endpapers! The thick, cream-colored pages! Happy holidays, indeed. The entire package here is a gift to readers. Blanchet's illustrations are a throwback to illustrations of the 1940s and '50s; his artistic style is a clear cousin to the likes of Roger Duvoisin.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
72 pages

Author

India Desjardins
More books by India Desjardins

Publisher

Enchanted Lion Books

Publication date

3rd November 2015

ISBN

9781592701780


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