Books by David Merveille

MR. HULOT AT THE BEACH by David Merveille
Released: May 1, 2016

"Deft hommage, but hilarious even outside that context. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A droll seaside idyll, paying tribute as much to film comedies of the silent era as to the 1953 movie that inspired it. Read full book review >
HELLO, MR. HULOT by David Merveille
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Mr. Hulot may not be as well-known on this side of the pond as the Little Tramp or Buster Keaton, but he definitely merits a seat in the same row. (afterword) (Graphic picture book. 6-9)"
Twenty-two comical, wordless mini-episodes in sequential panels pay terrific tribute to a classic Chaplin-esque character created by actor/filmmaker Jacques Tati for a series of French movies. Read full book review >
JUKE BOX by David Merveille
Released: March 1, 2008

Merveille offers quick, witty glimpses of 15 musical genres, as the same number of appropriately dressed café customers step up in turn to feed a juke box. Each spread in this nearly wordless outing follows a similar visual pattern, with the jukebox and single human figure suspended on one side and a kaleidoscopic whirl of gear, dancers and the genre label on the other. The art, which has a flat silk-screened look, effectively captures each vibe, though some of the choices—one labeled "Let's Get Lost" and another that's unidentified but might be "Bad Opera"—are ambiguous. Certainly not comprehensive, this catalogue may still help to give younger children a sense of the different energies of various genres: disco, country, classical, Hawaiian music, punk and more. (Picture book. 6-8)Read full book review >
THOMAS THE CIRCUS BOY by David Merveille
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

From the Belgian illustrator of Zidrou's Ms. Blanche, the Spotless Cow (p. 466): a story about an acrobat's son who yearns to become part of the circus where he's growing up but who is impossibly clumsy. Discouraged with his ineptitude, Thomas runs away, but a dream sends him back just in time to figure out why the elephant is in pain, which gives him a new idea: he'll be a veterinarian when he grows up. The resolution is trite, but Merveille's swooping broad lines and subtle modeling of bright, childlike colors will be appreciated by adults for its handsome graphic qualities, as well as by children responding to the simple story. (Picture book. 4-7) Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1993

With a nod of thanks to compatriot Josse Goffin— appropriate, since Merveille's broad, sure line and bright palette much resemble his—a Belgian team debuts with a whimsically offbeat story that makes a good showcase for the artist's boldly graphic style. Poor Blanche is the only cow to lack spots. A passing salesman offers some surprising possibilities (a world map, a target, a garish amoeboid), but none suit; an artist paints her portrait; and ``Mootisse'' paints a picture on her that draws the director of ``the Extremely Modern Art Museum of Gotta-Havit, U.S.A.'' with an offer of $5 million for the hide without the cow, but a fortuitous rainstorm saves her. Finally, the farmer introduces Blanche to his ``liveliest bull...A little rough. But so very nice looking. And what should happen happened.'' Result: a spotted calf and perfect happiness. Feminists may not be pleased, and some of the satire is aimed at adults; still, a briskly comical story, with vibrant art to match, that will amuse children, too. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >