Foreign rights / Autumn 2011
Boris is a cute, funny little bear with a tough character. He loves playing with toys and he loves teasing them. He may be stubborn, mischievous, adorable and quick-tempered young soul but never boring. Little Boris the Bear is the perfect companion little children never knew they needed!
PICTURE BOOKS BORIS (P. 3) BEAK-IN-THE-AIR / THE REVENGE OF THE CLOWN / (P. 4)
MAURICE AND ME / THE HARLEQUIN BIRD (P. 5) 2 years+ • 14 x 14 cm • 32 pages • Hardcover • €6.50
THUMBINETTE / ARTICHO STREET (P. 6) SEQUOYA / THE NIGHTINGALE SINGS AT NIGHT (P. 7) CIRCUS ENTERTAINERS (P. 8) Mathis M athis
Je Je veux veu x cette ce t te pomme p omme !
THE TASTE OF THE TOMATO / LITTLE TARZAN OF THE CITY / TEEN TO COME / STRAIGHT AHEAD, ADVENTURE IN SIGHT! (P. 9)
I WANT THAT APPLE! Boris goes for a walk and spies an apple he cannot grab. Even if there are tons of other apples, he absolutely has to have the one he’s spotted. After many efforts and despite the help of his toys, the apple still won’t budge.
TEEN NOVELS THE WORLD IN ONE HAND (P. 10)
Mathis M athis
CAMILLE DOESN’T LIKE DANCING / EAGLES DON’T KILL FLIES (P. 12)
SSalut alut vvoisin oisin !
THE CANTICLE OF THE ELVES / MAYONNAISE, KETCHUP OR SOYA MILK (P. 11)
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Boris meets his new neighbour. After a difficult start, they finally get on like a house on fire – because there’s nothing each likes more than a good scrap!
DISOBEY! / BY HEART (P. 13)
PHOTO NOVELS IN THE HEART OF NIGHT / MAYBE WE’LL RUN AWAY (P. 14)
MAURICE AND ME
On one side, there is Beak-in-the-Air, a bird who is totally alone in the immensity of the darkness of night. On the other, in the light of day, there is the Great Tree, who is alone and bored. By drawing one big ball for the Earth and two small balls for the Sun and Moon, the pair finally manages to break through the night and meet. A myth about the creation of the world for younger children illustrated by the sensitive and refined pen of Betty Bone. 3 years + • 22.5 x 30 cm • 32 pages • hardback • €16.50
Maurice is a little wooden horse on wheels and Diego’s favourite toy. Diego slips him in his satchel and takes him to school; he sends him scuttling down the staircase, and hurtling across the kitchen… riding on the back of his pet cat! But the day when Diego moves to the countryside, he encounters a real horse. He is fascinated and takes him home. There he tries to play the same games as he does with Maurice. But when you set a real horse on wheels then set him loose in your house, you should know that trouble is round the corner. 4 years + • 25 x 25 cm • 40 pages • hardback • €15.80
Author: martine Laffon illustrator: Betty Bone
Author: emmanuel Bourdier illustrator: Alejandro galindo Buitrago
THE HARLEQUIN BIRD
LA REVANCHE DU CLOWN
THE REVENGE OF THE CLOWN Author/illustrator: sara
In this new album, Sara offers us the portrait of a clumsy clown who, because he is always falling over and getting in everyone’s way, gets himself kicked out of the circus. We go onto discover an endearing personality who manages to find all the fun of the circus elsewhere in life. 3 years + • 24.5 x 32 cm • 48 pages • softback • 2 metal stitches • €16 (approx.)
Author: Pascale maret illustrator: Delphine Jacquot The lion and the dragon-snake divided up their kingdoms. One reigned over the sea, while the other reigned over the Earth. But the day when the lion, frazzled by the heat, decided to cool down beside the water, the dragon-snake challenged him to a fight to the death for violating his territory. The poor lion only had seven days to bid farewell to his faithful friends and subjects. However, the golden hare came up with a plan to save their king, a plan where the huge, shy Harlequin bird would be the hero. The hare’s plan was to frighten the dragon-snake by summoning up the only beast capable of scaring off the Water King: the terrifying Galone Bird. 4 years + • 22.5 x 33 cm • 40 pages • hardback • €18.50 5
Hans Christian Andersen Anna Nilsdotter Karlson
LE ROSSIGNOL CHANTE LA NUIT COLETTE BERTHÈS
Collective, edited by Chamo and Yassine (Articho association) Walking down Articho Street, you will find a giant carrot in the fruit and veg shop, all sorts of crazy things at Dédé-Bonheur’s shop, a punk spider in the pet shop, and vintage clothing in Mademoiselle Rag’s shop or horse remedies in Mr Romeo Pathy’s chemists. On each double page, you will push open the door to a new store to discover a festival of fun and surprising features. An attractive game and picture book packed with fun for everyone. 5 years + • 29.5 x 22 cm • 40 pages • hardback • €18
The true story of the great hunter Cherokee who invented an alphabet for his people. A colourful lively album to help readers follow the adventures of the young Amerindian who was so special and to introduce younger readers to a facet of the Cherokee people who are often overlooked. 6 years + • 21 x 22 cm • 40 pages • hardback • €12.80
Once upon a time there was a woman who wanted nothing else but a child. From a seed of barley bought from a witch, a tulip grew and spread its petals to produce a young girl no bigger than a thumb. The girl was called Thumbinette. Asleep in her walnut shell cradle, her daughter was kidnapped by a toad who wanted to marry her to his son, then by a maybug fascinated by her beauty. The daughter is then exploited by a mouse who wants to marry her to an old mole, before she finally meets the boy of her dreams, the boy who will make her happy. 5 years + • 22.5 x 27.5 cm • 40 pages • hardback • €16
Author: h. C. Andersen illustrator: Anna nilsdotter Karlson
Author/illustrator: Frédéric marais
R ACHID KORAÏCHI
THE NIGHTINGALE SINGS AT NIGHT
Author: Colette Berthès illustrator: rachid Koraïchi Once upon a time, in a faraway eastern land lived an elderly prince. Seeing his end approach, he wanted nothing more than to marry his son. Helped by the fairy queen whom he saves from a terrible curse, the old prince sees his dream come true: his son makes the incredible encounter of Nour, the most beautiful, most intelligent and sweetest woman in the world. The young prince is the happiest husband alive and their marriage is full of joy and wonder. Until the day he betrays the very special promise he made before their wedding day… A traditional eastern tale, illustrated by enchanting ink drawings by the artist Rachid Koraïchi. 7 years + • 19 x 26.5 cm • 40 pages • hardback • €16
Author: marie Desplechin illustrator: emmanuelle houdart Emmanuelle Houdart has drawn up a gallery of striking sumptuous portraits of bearded women, limbless men, and Siamese twins, all extraordinary and fascinating. Marie Desplechin tells us of the amazing lives of these incredible entertainers, creating a delightful family around them. Both author and illustrator offer us their image of the circus with tender humour and incredible poetry, creating an astounding album where we see that, when life and creation come together, marvels and monstrosity merge and become one. 7 years + • 27.5 x 37 cm • 56 pages • hardback • €21.50
Author: Christophe Léon Back then, everybody ate the same and the gardens disappeared. Growing and harvesting were prohibited. In secret, Marius and his son Clovis grew a tomato plant somewhere no one could see, so that for once in his life Clovis could taste fresh produce. The tomatoes they grew tasted of freedom.
Marie Desplechin Emmanuelle Houdart
THE TASTE OF TOMATO CIRCUS ENTERTAINERS
LITTLE TARZAN OF THE CITY Author: mathis François is not a little boy anymore. At least that’s what his parents now have to face up to. He wants more freedom to grow up his own way, and he wants to walk to school on his own, because he wants to show people he’s as strong as Tarzan, his idol. He has watched all Tarzan’s films, in black and white, with his grandfather. The road to school is three-quarters of an hour long – which gives him time to discover his neighbourhood in a new way, and tentatively explore his jungle. There may be adventures at every corner of the street. Watch out anybody who stands in his way. Little Tarzan has a mean streak and never ducks out of a fight.
TEEN TO COME
Author: Charlotte moundlic For a while now she’s not sure who she is. She conceals her body beneath her father’s T-shirts to hide her burgeoning breasts and hairy legs; her new body terrifies her. The hair is turning her into a boy, while the breasts are turning her into a girl. So she hides herself waiting until she is ready to put up with another’s gaze. A simple text that tells of the daily metamorphoses of the preteen period for a little girl whose body is growing quicker than she’d like.
STRAIGHT AHEAD, ADVENTURE IN SIGHT! Author: thomas scotto
Alex is ever so excited by the arrival of his half-sister who is now almost big enough to walk. Alex is a poet who loves watching Gothic films and declaiming dreadful verse in front of the baby who couldn’t care a jot. The problem with Alex is that he is desperate for his own father (not the father of the child) to share his joy, his sense of wonder and the emotions he feels for Lili. He dreams of a perfect world where everybody loves each other. But, as we all know, life isn’t as easy as that. 7 years + • 10.5 x 15 cm • 48 pages • Softcover • €5
THE CANTICLE OF THE ELVES
Author: myriam Chirousse
THE WORLD IN ONE HAND Author: mikaël ollivier
Pierre is about to turn 16. He comes from a well-to-do background, living with his parents in Versailles. He is passionate about classical music and the piano, and he is studying music for his A-levels. He dreams of becoming a concert pianist. Pierre communicates with his sister Alix by text message a lot. The family has a problem with communication, but the pair has a very close relationship. With his parents he goes to Ikea to buy furniture and in the car park, his mother walks off without a word. Just disappears. In the evening, his father receives a text message: “Don’t worry about me. I just can’t take it anymore, that’s all.” From that day forth, nothing is the same again. His mother’s exit is a seismic shift in his smooth family life and each member turns out to be someone different with a story more complex than first thought. Pierre has to take things in hand at home because his father gives up. In the process, he discovers the real story behind his family which has been built on a series of accidents and a series of love stories, sometimes beautiful, sometimes tough, secrete, passionate, painful. In this very private tale and love story, Mikaël Ollivier tells the tale of a family who beneath the smooth, self-righteous exterior is very complex at its core. The novelist and screenplay writer reserves a surprise in store for the reader at the end. 14 x 22 cm • 288 pages • softback • €15.50
Jessica and Helena are real-life friends, as are their avatars in the Ultraworld, an online role playing game. In Ultraworld, Jessica alias Lady Kerridwen, meets Lupus Negrus, a strange character who finally manages to seduce her. For a while, the only thing she lives for are the passionate mails from Lupus Negrus and their encounters at Osgarth Castle. But very soon, she wants more than a virtual relationship and is desperate to meet her virtual lover. She realises that Lupus Negrus is none other than Tom, a very discreet boy in her class who has never actually spoken to her. Tom finds it too hard to see the real Jessica in her and build a real relationship with her. His only passion is for Lady Kerridwen. As the story progresses, we realise that Tom does not live in the same world as Jessica – he has his own reality. Whether as a virtual online game or everyday reality, the teen world is captured beautifully – for some, games are much more exciting than real life. 12 x 21 cm • 192 pages • softback • €9.50
MAYONNAISE, KETCHUP OR SOYA MILK Author: gaia guasti
Novels by Mikaël Ollivier already published:
CZECH, DUTCH, GERMAN, KOREAN, PORTUGUESE (BRAZIL), SPANISH, THAI
GERMAN, POLISH, SPANISH
DUTCH, GERMAN, KOREAN, SPANISH
It didn’t take long for the whole class to quarantine the new girl, Elianor. “Smell-bag!” they call her. But Elianor couldn’t care less. She lives her solitude very well. Noah is intrigued by his new classmate who, as well as preferring quinoa, oats and soy milk over Nutella and cola, dares to stand up to the terrible Silvester with her own subtle humour (so subtle that the big brute doesn’t understand a thing). An unusual friendship forms and two new ways of life come head-to-head. The pair however has something in common which brings them together, without them knowing what it is. 12 x 21 cm • 128 pages • softback • €8
BULGARIAN, DANISH, GERMAN, HUNGARIAN 11
CAMILLE DOESN’T LIKE DANCING
Author: marie-sophie Vermot
Camille (14) and Anastasia (15) live with their mother in the old country house, lost in the middle of a peninsular. Anastasia is beautiful and intelligent and has tons of friends, while Camille couldn’t care less for fashion and school: what she really loves is drawing. After a one night stand, Anastasia finds herself pregnant. She has difficulty believing it, and takes too long to tell anyone: the upshot is that abortion is impossible. The mother refuses to talk about “it”, and spends her time moaning and sobbing. Anastasia’s aunt takes things in hand and comforts her niece. Her father, an absent figure until now, will have to face up to his responsibilities and spend some time with his daughters. Anastasia sets out to Spain with her sister, aunt and grandmother. 12 x 21 cm / 112 pages / softback / €8
EAGLES DON’T KILL FLIES Author: Luc Baba
Before that morning, Zoé minded her own business. “What did you get for your fourteenth birthday?” “I found out I was ugly.” Now she knows it once and for all, thanks to Walter, who is so handsome he becomes her first impossible love. In the family there is Marine, the youngest, who is stuck before the television on her father’s knees, Johan a not-very-nice brother, who wasn’t first in the queue when looks were handed out, and whose only interest is beer and football. Then there is Angélique the older sister, who for her part is attractive. Then dad, warm beer in hand, and mum, grey and sad, who dreams of happy family meals. So Zoé decides it’s time to be naughty and finds out she’s pretty good at it, but not the best. At school she creates an ugly club. But who on Earth would want to join an ugly club? Actually, her teenage classmates turn out to be fun and smart after all, and they flock around. With her family blowing apart, and woes accumulating, Zoé takes her life in hand and invents ways of continuing her journey. Theatre ultimately proves a very rich hunting ground.
Many adolescents of today are too busy to read, even if the need of stories still remains essential for them. That is why this collection proposes books filled with high quality short stories, written by well known authors, to be read without great effort! DISOBEY! Author: Christophe Léon Don’t do this, don’t do that. Turn your music down. Do your homework. Wash your hands before eating, don’t interrupt an adult. Teenagers spend their lives receiving order and advice. Above all it is drummed into them to obey. But what happens when they say “No!”? In this series of short stories, Christophe Léon, tells everyone to DISOBEY! To disobey the dictatorship of advertising, of over-consumption, pollution, intolerance and vivisection. No annoyance is spared. With a single word, our world and our destinies become our own again. 13.5 x 16 cm / 192 pages / softback / €9.90
BY HEART Author: Dominique Dyens It is the day to go back to school, and the French teacher with the big bum creates a mini-revolution when she gives her pupils homework, which, not only, will it not be graded but above all will not be read. A personal project for the pupils’ eyes only on THE killer theme: ideal love. Each pupil lets go – there is the girl in love with her father-in-law, a boy who daren’t declare his homosexuality to his parents, another who is tearing his hair out at his parents’ routine, a schoolgirl who, in six minutes time, is set to find out whether she is pregnant or not. Dominique Dyens takes a long hard look at the teen world, its codes, habits, wounds, hopes and despair. A world where love, whether ideal, fleeting, wild, or unrequited, is the law. 13.5 x 16 cm • 144 pages • softback • €9.80
12 x 21 cm / 160 pages / softback / €9
PHOTO NOVELS The idea of this collection is to entrust a series of photographs to an author who knows nothing about them. The photographs will then inspire the author to give life to a brand new story. 13.5 x 16 cm / 108 pages / softback / €9
IN THE HEART OF NIGHT Author: hélène gaudy Photography by Bertrand Desprez It started when he had to read Flaubert’s La légende de saint Julien L’Hospitalier aloud in class. All the class made fun of him; Julien had to fight like a demon. Then he slipped out of school through a hole in the fence and that’s where he found the gun: two days before, a man entered the school and threatened the teacher with the gun, then left without firing. Pierre takes the gun to Chen his oldest friend. Together, they decide what they’re going to do: kill the big boss, the inner demon, because everybody has a big boss to kill…
MAYBE WE’LL RUN AWAY Author: Cathy Ytak Photography by gérard rondeau Peter Skøresen was a gifted child. Now he has grown, he is a misfit: he can’t say hello or thank you. It’s like he’s autistic. He is a guard in a museum and loves working at night. He gets wrapped up in the works. He knows them inside out. His timetable changes and he has to work by day. The people, noise and movement drive him mad. The novel is a cross-examination carried out by a psychologist. A serious crime has been committed and witness statements are required to bring the guilty party in. So Peter starts talking and we follow him through his exploration of art.
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