Books by Astrid Desbordes

EDMOND: THE THING by Astrid Desbordes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"We were all strangers, once, so howdy, stranger. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The arrival of a stranger—"the Thing"—roils the placid waters of Edmond the Squirrel and George Owl's day. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU...ALWAYS by Astrid Desbordes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2016

"This import from France delivers a message kids never tire of hearing. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A mother explains to her child that she will always love him, no matter what. Read full book review >
TRAVELS OF AN EXTRAORDINARY HAMSTER by Astrid Desbordes
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

" A blunt, at times knee-slapping story suitable for perceptive young readers, those unsure of social cues, and global readers alike. (Graphic novel. 7 & up)"
Hamster—a sarcastic, egocentric, yet still enjoyable protagonist—travels with his band of patient, tolerant timberland friends to the Arctic Circle. Read full book review >
EDMOND: THE MOONLIT PARTY by Astrid Desbordes
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 14, 2015

"Buy the book for the illustrations and for the concept of living in a tree, which every preschooler will love. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Three very different animal characters live in separate apartments in the old chestnut tree. Read full book review >
DAYDREAMS OF A SOLITARY HAMSTER by Astrid Desbordes
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 20, 2010

A hamster with an irritating lack of social skills fails to alienate a cast of small woodland creatures in this strange import. Looking more like an undersized koala in Martin's simply drawn scenes, Hamster opens with a wish that "in the heavens and on earth [a]ll will praise an extraordinary hamster," then goes on to explain in his diary how much everyone adores him, to disinvite Rabbit to his birthday party, to blow off a shy confession from Mole and so on—until at the culminating party he takes a bow after belittling everyone's gifts. Meanwhile, the animals gather to mull such Big Questions as whether worms can shed tears of joy. Within each of her large sequential panels, the illustrator surrounds small figures with generous quantities of flat, uniformly colored green ground and blue sky, punctuated by the occasional tree or shrub. All that wide-open space focuses attention on the dialogue, which sometimes offers insights into the character of each member of the cast but too often falls flat: "Squirrel…a nut. Just one? Hmmm, not so great, so let's just forget about it." Yes, let's. (Graphic picture book. 6-8) Read full book review >