Saturday, November 1, 2014

More Picture Book Heaven

I had not been to Paris before; that is, not until last week when I read Julie Kraulis' An Armadillo in Paris.
Kraulis, Julie. An armadillo in Paris. Tundra, 2014.

C'est bon! What a treat this picture book was. I absolutely love any story that combines non fiction facts within a narrative tale, and Ms. Kraulis performs the task seamlessly.

Arlo, the Brazilian armadillo, follows his grandfather's travel journals to the City of Love. The facts within the story bring the reader along on a true adventure. And who doesn't love an adventure? A Parisian one, at that?

Perhaps more enjoyable than the marriage of fact and fiction are the exquisite illustrations. The oil and graphite artwork simply must be seen. It's a tossup over which illustration is my favourite - the Arc de Triomphe or the Pont Neuf? Perhaps it is the double-spread of the Iron Lady herself.

What's up next up for Arlo? I hear that he may be headed to the City that Never Sleeps. Personally, I can think of a number of cities where Arlo could have himself a grand time. Here's hoping that this armadillo's adventures continue.

If you happen to be in Toronto in the coming week and would like a chance to meet the author, check out the details below:

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Where: Cafe Plenty
Address: 250 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5T 2Z5
Telephone: 416-585-7842
When: 6:00-8:00 PM
RSVP: rsvpcanada@randomhouse.com