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A new collection of illustrated storybooks Olivier Douzou and Frédérique Bertrand

BOARD BOOKS TROUT / YUNONOPE (P. 3)

PICTURE BOOKS FOREST-WOOD (P. 4) AS LIKE AS TWO RAINDROPS / MOLLY MOLLO THE SNAIL (P. 5) COME BACK! / GIRAFFE (P. 6)

- One nursery verse per collection - Theme: Animals - Each collection features a variation around one animal: pony, dachshund, cat, poodle, trout, piglet, hen, etc. - Rolling cover principle: the cover visuals placed in sequence form a bigger picture - With each new book published, a picture of the animal in the book joins pictures of the previous animals - A 20 page cardboard book for the very young - 12 titles planned

SONNY JIM / SAFARI IN THE WASHBOWL (P. 7) MISTER BLOTTER / MISTER TORTICOLLO’S BOKE (P. 8)

KID’S NOVELS WHEN I WAS BOXROOM (P. 9) BOOMERANG COLLECTION: UNDERPANT DAY/I AM WEARING THE KNICKERS, I DON’T LIKE MY LITTLE SISTER/I WANT TO BE THE BIG ONE! (P. 10-11)

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CHILDREN’S NOVELS VAMPIRES, SCHOOL BAG AND POETRY / THE EXPLOSION OF THE PEA / THE SURPRISE GUEST (P. 13)

YOUNG ADULT NOVELS WESTERN GIR’L / WHEN I GROW UP I’LL BE MYSELF (P. 14) A STAR IN THE HEART / IT WAS A WARM SUMMER (P. 15)

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That morning, a trout was doing its math: one plus two make twone, two plus three make throo; four plus nine make fine, etc. An erudite trout is not to be taken seriously. This series of nursery verses follow the teachings of enlightened fish, an expert in math and times tables.

YUNONOPE

MY DAD’S A SAUSAGE / THE ADVENTURE AT THE END OF THE ROAD (P. 12)

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For a yes or a no, the Yunonope does everything the wrong way round: when he wants to smile he peels an onion, and everyone thinks “That Yunonope! He’s so no-ble!” An original character with a highly contradictory bent.

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Previous titles: Pony, Dachshund, Bear, Cat

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FOREST-WOOD

by Olivier Douzou and José Parrondo

A catalogue of remarkable trees, over 100 species, dreamed up by Olivier Douzou and José Parrondo and referenced here for the first time. Like the great explorers and their naturalists charged with illustrating the new discoveries, Forest-Wood provides a catalogue of new species. The captions accompanying the gentle Latin consonances replicate rigorous scientific nomenclature, turned on its head with the author’s own brand of humor and derision. The aim of the work is to classify and order into one big community, a whole host of largely unclassifiable imaginary trees. In this infinite forest, art and science come together in the realm of their common denominator: the imagination. Forest-Wood is the first contribution to a forest especially planted to celebrate Rouergue Jeunesse’s 20th birthday! 4 years + • 16 x 20 • 144 pages • €17

by Olivier Douzou

A cloud passes, and only two raindrops fall: two tears that draw a pair of eyes. A little more rain and a nose, mouth and ears appear. Olivier Douzou’s book teaches younger children how to name the different parts of the face but also how to compose an image with a single form. This single “cell” illustrates what is shared by all faces and what makes their differences. Here lies the big question we ask when a child is born: Who does she look like more? Her father or her mother? A tale that with great subtlety looks at issues of resemblance and turns them into a book for the whole family. 1 year + • 17 x 23 • 16 pages • €12.70

MOLLY-MOLLO THE SNAIL by Orit Bergman

Molly-Mollo, the snail, has to go meet her friend Tutu at the big tree. However, on her way, she is overtaken by her friends, who have also been invited to the same important event. Molly makes her way gradually through the book and as she does she becomes later and later. What’s more, she is totally unaware of the big surprise awaiting her. It is Molly’s birthday, but her friends know they’re going to have to be patient if they’re going to celebrate it. This is the first book in a series where Orit Bergman creates a collection of distinctive characters who play out the kind of story any child might live. 3 years + • 17 x 20 • 32 pages • €10

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SONNY JIM

“Away with you, bad nightmares, pigs, witches and other monsters! Leave me alone!" To get rid of nightmares, just before bed time, it helps to summon up their monsters - the wolves, witches and ghosts - then evaporate them into thin air, by saying, "Leave me alone, and never come back!" 2 years + • 20 x 26 cm • 32 pages • €15 approx.

When the mother of Sonny Jim disappears, the circus has to make do without her, until the day the ringmaster decides to replace her. Sonny Jim is not at all fond of this new Queen, dressed as a lion tamer. He runs away in the night, despite the danger of the pestibles and the Molossus dogs. A work offering a touching journey through a fog-filled world in which beautiful encounters are still possible. 6 years + • 24.5 x 33 • 56 pages • €20

by Olivier Douzou and Natali Fortier

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SAFARI IN THE WASHBOWL

by Jean Gourounas

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When she wakes up, Miss Giraffe is feeling out of sorts, but she finishes the tale in tremendous form. Piece by piece the animal takes shape, as easily as a tangram puzzle, with combinations that first produce a striding gentleman, or a house that walks on its doormats. But our friend doesn’t fall apart, and gradually she takes shape in the forest, guided cuicui along by Jean Gourounas’ inventive mind. 3 years + • 21 x 27 • 32 pages • €15

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One evening in the city, a child is brushing his teeth. As he watches the foam gurgling down the plughole, a movie forms in his head, set in a zoo in the sewers, peopled by all his favorite characters: Mario, King Kong, the Flushed Away crew and more. A vast video-safari in which legendary movies feed urban culture, giving all children a proper reason to brush their teeth. 4 years + • 19 x 28 • 40 pages • €16

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MISTER TORTICOLLO’S BOKE by Michel Galvin

Mr Torticollo has a boke that he doesn’t want to lend to Mrs Crumblette. He tells her that his boke is broke (which isn’t true). But then Mr Torticollo goes out swaggering on his boke to make fun of Mrs Crumblette. Mrs Crumblette tells her neighbor Mrs Tiffy-Gluttonnose, as Mrs Crumblette knows only too well how her neighbor is fond of trouble. Together, the pair prepares to take revenge, but nobody emerges victorious from their plan. A humorous portrayal of the idea of justice, which takes on different hues depending on which way you look at it, in a tale where no one is entirely innocent. 6 years + • 18.7 x 26 • 32 pages • €16

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WHEN I WAS BOXROOM

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Amy est tellement en colère qu’elle s’est enfermée dans le cagibi. Maintenant qu’elle y est, elle y reste ! D’ailleurs, plus question de l’appeler Amy. À partir d’aujourd’hui, son nom, c’est Cagibi. Ici, c’est comme si elle avait des pouvoirs magiques : elle entend tout, elle comprend tout, elle rêve et elle s’invente des vies…

ISBN : 978-2-8126-0472-0

8 years + • 12 x 17 cm • 96 pages • €7

Hélène GAUDY

C’est décidé, Amy s’installe dans le cagibi pour toute la vie.

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illustrations Émilie HAREL

That Friday, during breakfast, no one was listening to her, so Amy locked herself in the boxroom. As no one seemed to pay her any attention, she decided to spend her whole life there. When her mother begged her to come out, at last, she felt important. Too bad about the school trip, and the spaghetti and tomato sauce, and everything else. Amy changes; she is no longer herself: she becomes the Boxroom. Once in there, there is nothing else to do but listen, think, and daydream. Luckily, her sister Rosa slips her magazines under the door and even the earphones of her MP3 player. From the boxroom, Amy hears everything and understands a great deal: her family’s problems, frustrations and joys, everything that no one really expresses but which adds color to life. A trip to the boxroom was good idea; everybody should try it once in a while. When her whole family wants to try it, Amy decides it’s time to get out. A tender, funny novel about an angry little girl who tames her emotions and manages to defines her position in the family. 7 years + • 12 x 17 • 96 pages • €7

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Mister Blotter liked to drink. Nothing strange there. But, beside himself with anxiety, he drank until he turned black, which is why he lost his job. One day, when seeking work, he met Mister Photo Paper. And Mister Photo Paper made him a dishonest proposal, and that’s when his problems began. Mister Blotter has a hard time making amends for his behavior and clearing his name. In this book, we follow the humorous adventures of a paper character transformed beyond recognition. 6 years + • 21 x 28 • 40 pages • €16.50

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A double-edged collection, with an A-side and a B-side to be read in both directions, symbolically looking at the desire of reading. Fun books for 7-9 year olds offering two short novels, which, while cultivating differences shed light on each other. The “boomerang effect” brings two stories in one book to prolong and vary the pleasures.

I DON’T LIKE MY LITTLE SISTER / I WANT TO BE THE BIG ONE! Author: Sébastien Joanniez

In two flowing monologues, Sébastien Joanniez creates a very real portrait of sisterly love.

I HATE MY LITTLE SISTER UNDERPANT DAY / I’M WEARING THE KNICKERS Authors: Anne Percin & Thomas Gornet

In two hilarious tales, the authors describe with great humor and finesse, the relationships between girls and boys and, beyond the divisions and clichés, draw up an affectionate portrait of 7-10 year old children.

When you’re big sister, your little sister always has to win. People want us to make an effort and be good, but when my little sister does something dumb, she is never punished. I know it’s something I shouldn’t say, but I hate my little sister.

I WANT TO BE THE BIG ONE! UNDERPANT DAY That day, when Corinne wakes up, she has to face up to facts: Corinne has turned into a boy and everybody is calling her Corentin! She finds it hard to accept that her mother doesn’t kiss her in the morning and that her friends avoid her in the school playground, but she has to get used to it, because now, she is a boy! And being a boy does have its advantages, she must confess.

My big sister spends all her time trying to look cute. All she does is mope around in front of the television with her friends. Whenever I cry she laughs. It sure isn’t fun being a younger sister, but I can do lots of things my sister would never dare to do. I don’t need her to take care of me.

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I’M WEARING THE KNICKERS That day, when Corentin wakes up, he has to face up to facts. Corentin has turned into a girl and now everyone calls him Corinne. When he’s recovered from the shock, he has to come to terms with his new condition. When he arrives in the playground, he has no other choice but go join the girls who are waiting for him to play hairdressers. But hairdressing is an art and the “pony-style” he creates for Lætitia is truly appalling.

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MY DAD’S A SAUSAGE by Agnès De Lestrade

Seraphine believes her destiny is carved in stone. Like her two brothers, she knows her mother is counting on her to take over the family business. Until the day when her father announces that he is packing everything in to become an actor. Naturally, nobody believes him. But the day he announces he has his first role, everybody is flabbergasted. And when he explains he has to play a sausage in an advertisement and talk to a potato, hysteria breaks out. No one can take him seriously, except for Seraphine who agrees to help learn his lines and to keep him company during the shoot. But when the big day arrives, the adventure has only just begun, an adventure in which Seraphine has an important role to play!

THE ADVENTURE AT THE END OF THE ROAD by Ahmed Kalouaz

Childeric is spending his vacation in a quiet village with his parents, when he learns that his friend Mr Signol will be passing through. He can sense that the days to come will be packed with adventure. Barely have begun their trail along Saint James’s Way when they hear that a number of neighboring churches have been burgled. Are the thefts related? Childeric and Mr Signol immediately put on their detective hats and lead their own investigation, following their noses, as well as the nose of their trusty hound, Lasco. Their trail is littered with red herrings, suspicious characters and a chase. Through their curiosity and perseverance, Childeric and Mr Signol finally manage to encounter the thief.

VAMPIRES, SCHOOL BAG AND POETRY by Sébastien Joanniez

He only has to click his fingers and everything falls into place. There’s no need to go to school when you’re the son of a wizard and magic rules your world. However, unlike his parents, the boy doesn’t like sleeping all day. He wants to learn things, go to school and play. “Why go to such pains?” his parents ask. They see no point in killing yourself reading, calculating and thinking. They call him “the No” because he refuses magic. At school, the boy learns a whole host of things, above all poetry. For his mother’s birthday, he writes a poem which she finds very touching, and which brings tears to her eyes. It’s incredible. Almost magic. On the way to school, he also learns about life. He meets an elderly gentleman and above all, a girl whose name he doesn’t know, and who sets his heart beating. For her alone, he doesn’t think and uses his powers. For the first time, he wants to say “yes” to magic.

THE EXPLOSION OF THE PEA by Alex Cousseau

Violette has a secret friend whom she calls Mona. Her parents would be happier if she had real friends. In her apartment block, behind two different doors, Violette finds two new friends. The first is Andreas, a painter from Norway. Usually a man of mystery, Andreas is willing to tell his tale to Violette. And he likes telling her what he’s looking to capture in his painting: that moment of suspense when the pea explodes. The other neighbor is Amos, who is the same age as Violette. Violette sometimes hears Amos playing the violin through the door. When they are together, they don’t need to talk to understand each other. While Violette is spending time with her two new friends, Mona disappears, angry at not having Violette to herself. Both Andreas and Amos however confirm to Violette that her friendship with Mona is precious.

THE SURPRISE GUEST by Géraldine Barbe

When Louis chose to study Spanish at school, he thought it would be easy, but in fact, Spanish is a language full of false friends. And he has no one in his family to help him. When he stops to think about it, Louis reckons his family is far too normal. His friend Romeo has all the luck. His mother is Brazilian, his father is a writer. The couple has separated which means no more daily arguments and plenty of travel and foreign languages. Ok, Louis’ parents don’t argue but if they went their separate ways, their lives would be completely different and much more exciting. It’s obviously a difficult idea to accept in a normal family. But Louis has a plan. He decides to invite two surprise guests to his mother’s 40th birthday party, who could make them change their minds. Pilar, Romeo’s mom, who as well as being Brazilian, is very attractive. And Benjamin Biolay, a singer, who is her mother’s childhood friend. That should add a bit of spice to an otherwise boring birthday event.

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A STAR IN THE HEART by Louis Atangana

Her name is Élise Bonnel. She is 16 years old. She comes from Brittany; she is a red-head and she is crazy about horse riding. She is an ordinary girl, except she is crazy about country music and dreams of vast open prairies and cowboys playing the harmonica. So when her parents make her American Dream come true (with her mother’s redundancy pay), her only word is “Yeehah”! Three weeks in South Dakota training on American breed horses in a real ranch. But while the Mid-West fulfills all her promises of the Good in cowgirl life, her group of French traveling companions provide the Bad and the Ugly. Her problems start at the airport when she turns up with her ginger locks in pigtails, wearing a checked shirt, while the others are a bunch of snobs kitted in Alice bands and Lacoste polo t-shirts. Against a backdrop of love and jealousy, the teenage rodeo soon begins to get out of hand. Elise can’t understand why that “stuck-up goody-goody”, Louis Beauregard, can’t take his eyes off her, and why that pain-in-the-neck Georgia has to be a deceitful liar and turn Elise into a pariah. Elise tells of her three weeks of ridicule and humiliation in her diary, with all the ire and gusto of a Western Girl. 11 years + • 14 x 20.5 • 208 pages • €12.60

His name is Damien Soungou. Congolese father. White French mother. He lives in a housing project in a Paris suburb where he has always lived. He speaks the street lingo (with choice vocabulary), using the accent and gesticulations demanded of his environment. He’s a mixed-race high school kid with anger in his soul, like so many others. What’s more, his father has just disappeared back to his homeland, “far away from the deadend jobs and racism”, he said as he abandoned his wife and two kids in the lurch. That’s when Damien learns that his mother’s family is Jewish. Which makes him Jewish too. Now he has to come to terms with being black AND Jewish on a housing estate where anti-Semitism is rife. Damien is mocked and insulted until one day a BMW knocks him over and his front door is graffitied with a Star of David. Focusing on Damien’s confession, confronted by the laws of the housing project and its contradictions, Louis Atangana presents an uncompromising panorama of a society caught up in racism, anti-Semitism, and communitarianism. The portraits he creates of his protagonists are captivating: there is Souad, Damien’s girlfriend, with whom he experiments life beyond traditions in the basement of the building. There is Hussein, a tall blond guy with his Taliban disguise. And Juliette, the green-eyed blond born in Cameroon, the only true African, as she was born in Africa and speaks an African language. A hard-hitting novel! 13 years + • 14 x 20.5 • 160 pages • €11

WHEN I GROW UP I’LL BE MYSELF

IT WAS A WARM SUMMER

Selena is one of those teenage girls who don’t fit into the usual junior-high mold. Her best and only friend is Verane, who is wheelchair bound, has a lively mind and a delightfully skeptical view of the world. Both girls live with their heads in the clouds and are members of their junior-high kite club. For Selena however, the essential questions of her age group: “What is the essential nature of early 21st century teens?” and “Who am I really?” are not beneath her. Her parents’ concerns for her future also become an issue. They both have traditional professions and have decided that the daughter should become an “artist”. To force her to express her talents, they shower her in artistic gifts from watercolors to a piano. Martin Page’s flowing imagination creates a humorous approach to parent-child relations, and brings a light touch to the pressure parents bring to bear on their offspring when it comes to their futures and their studies, even at junior-high age. 12 years + • 14 x 20.5 • 80 pages • €8.70

Blanche and Violette are the best of friends. At school, Violette is a happy, charming, bright pupil. Blanche is the opposite, reserved and shy, so shy that when Violette takes an interest in her one day and invites Blanche to her grandmother’s house for the vacation, she is baffled. Everything starts out perfectly: the hilltop house, with its swimming pool and nearby river, is delightful. From the outset, however, Violette behaves aggressively. Her sudden mood swings disconcert Blanche. One day, Violette is radiant, the next she is a raging storm, as though two different people are battling inside her. Who is the real Violette? Blanche soon discovers her friend’s hidden dark side. One day they meet a boy fishing on the river. The boy’s attentions stray, not to charming Violette, but to the more discreet Blanche. In her short novel, Agnès de Lestrade creates a touching portrait of a teenager suffering from serious psychological problems, and, with great dexterity, explores the ambiguity of adolescent friendships, themes that appeal to teen readers. 12 years + • 14 x 20.5 • 72 pages • €7 approx.

WESTERN GIRL by Anne Percin

by Martin Page

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