Books by Gilles Eduar

HERE COMES FIREFIGHTER HIPPO  by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"What job will Little Hippo tackle next? Readers will be there for it. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The imaginative Little Hippo is back, this time as a pint-sized firefighter. Read full book review >
HERE COMES DOCTOR HIPPO by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Sweet but not filling. (Picture book. 3-5)"
London's newest character, Little Hippo, is big on imagination, even if he is a pint-sized pretend doctor. Read full book review >
DREAM JOURNEY by Gilles Eduar
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

Eduar (Jooka Saves the Day, 1997, etc.) composes here a classic dreamtime walkabout, a wonder quest, that starts when Anatole the bactrian camel begins to read from his "ancient book" and the boy Jules drifts off to sleep between the camel's humps. Anatole is on the move, swimming the Southern Sea, surfing through crashing breakers, getting lost in the jungle outside Quito, scaling peaks, outrunning lightning. All the while, Jules snoozes peacefully away. Eduar catches the action in rhyme, one sentence to a page, with Anatole's dashing feats on the left, and Jules's torpor noted on the right: "Anatole rides bravely along a wire from the trees./Jules is kissed by an orchid-scented breeze." The artwork is up to the energy and the exoticism of the tale, with great cymbal-crashes of vivid color conjuring a thunderstorm, a foaming sea, a busy street. Despite such charged images, the book works as a lullaby: Jules may bounce around the world, but still he slumbers on. (Picture book. 2-5) Read full book review >
JOOKA SAVES THE DAY by Gilles Eduar
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

Despite the preliminarily disenchanting premise of the different-one-who-wins, Eduar, with ebullient illustrations that blaze with tropical scenery and color, sweeps readers into the saga of how Jooka-zay-kajoo's search for his unique identity leads him to unity with the crocodiles. It isn't just Jooka's name that's weird, but everything else as well: his red-striped tank top, his antennas, his falling asleep in the water (because he then bumps into the bridge and wakes everyone from siesta). The crocodiles accept Jooka anyway, until the day he sneezes fire and wings pop out of his shirt. The frightened crocs run away, and Zooka sadly paddles his boat to a rocky little island, the home of Theo, a wise pelican. Theo not only tells Jooka what he is—a dragon—but also trains him to strengthen his gifts before sending him back to his crocodile friends. By this time, they need him to get back the crocodiles taken by hunters; Jooka saves the captured with his fire and flight, and the book closes with a reunion. Vibrant illustrations and small touches lift this story from the ordinary, and establish a magical world akin to that of Babar—a world that readers will respond to happily. (Picture book. 3-7) Read full book review >