HELLO, MR. HULOT by David Merveille
Kirkus Star


by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 9
Email this review


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.

Depicted as a nattily attired gent sporting a long pipe and umbrella that often serve as props, Hulot turns Parisian settings into places of magic or play. In “The Crossing,” a crosswalk becomes a series of crevasses to leap; a misguided snowball leads to a general melee in “The Snowball Effect”; shown the No Smoking sign on a bus in “Pipes Allowed,” Hulot responds by blowing bubbles. In other encounters, he props his umbrella in a tree to shelter birds on a rainy day, bends to admire a flower and thus moons a passing official and, trying his hand at plumbing repair, causes water to shoot out of all sorts of unexpected places. Merveille relates each of the loosely linked incidents in a half dozen or so neatly drawn and colored panels capped, after a page turn, with a large, single-panel twist or punch line. Enriching the silent narratives further, he frequently tucks in droll visual jokes or pairings that even less-sophisticated viewers will easily spot and certainly chortle over.

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)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-7358-4135-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: NorthSouth
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2013


ChildrenJUKE BOX by David Merveille
by David Merveille
ChildrenTHOMAS THE CIRCUS BOY by David Merveille
by David Merveille


ChildrenDOGS ARE PEOPLE, TOO by Dave Coverly
by Dave Coverly
ChildrenCOYOTE RUN by Gaëtan  Dorémus
by Gaëtan Dorémus
ChildrenHOOVES OF FIRE by Denys Cazet
by Denys Cazet