Books by Olivier Tallec

THE BATHING COSTUME by Charlotte Moundlic
Released: May 21, 2013

"Who wouldn't? (Picture book. 6-9)"
An 8-year-old boy prepares to have the worst vacation of his life. Read full book review >
WATERLOO & TRAFALGAR by Olivier Tallec
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"It is a truism that children represent the future—engaging stories about conflict resolution are necessary, and this one stands out. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The pointlessness of war, powerfully told despite having no words. Read full book review >
THE SCAR by Charlotte Moundlic
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A sympathetic exploration of the stages of grief through the eyes of one little boy. (Picture book. 5 & up)"
When his mother dies, a little boy reacts honestly to his profound loss in this poignant snapshot of grief. Read full book review >
BIG WOLF & LITTLE WOLF, SUCH A BEAUTIFUL ORANGE! by Nadine  Brun-Cosme
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"Despite a few disconnects between the text and the pictures, even younger readers will be caught up in Big Wolf's odyssey and rejoice when he at last tracks down his errant buddy, and (after he gently tosses him the orange) they "lived happily together for a long, long time." (Picture book. 5-8)"
The furry soulmates who met, separated and reunited in Big Wolf & Little Wolf (2009) suffer another temporary parting. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS WITH RITA AND WHATSIT by Jean-Philippe Arrou-Vignod
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"The amusing story is simple enough for the youngest listeners, and older kids will enjoy the sly touches, as will grown-ups. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rambunctious Rita in her red dress returns for a third round with her canine companion, Whatsit (Rita and Whatsit, 2008). Read full book review >
RITA AND WHATSIT by Jean-Philippe Arrou-Vignod
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"A companion volume, Rita and Whatsit at the Beach (ISBN: 978-0-8118-6551-7) provides a further look at this charmingly understated duo. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Rita is a petulant little girl wearing a flowered red dress for her birthday celebration. Read full book review >
THUMBELINA OF TOULABA by Hans Christian Andersen
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 15, 2007

"A note includes information on animals that appear in the story. (Fairy tale. 6-10)"
Born of a miniscule grain of millet and a mother's wish, tiny, dark-skinned and beautiful Thumbelina is kidnapped by an unpleasant iguana that sees her as a prospective daughter-in-law. Read full book review >
THIS IS A POEM THAT HEALS FISH by Jean-Pierre Siméon
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2007

"An enchantingly abstract invitation to ponder poetry. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A small boy explores what a poem is and discovers "a poem is when words beat their wings." Read full book review >