Books by Zidrou

BOBBY'S GOT A BRAND-NEW CAR by Zidrou
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"In need of some fine-tuning. (Picture book. 2-4)"
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THOMAS THE CIRCUS BOY by David Merveille
ANIMALS
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 >
MS. BLANCHE, THE SPOTLESS COW by Zidrou
ANIMALS
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 >