What does the average child know about wind? Probably, not much. What is wind? What are the different types of wind? Which way does the wind blow? Why do hurricanes need names? How does the wind affect birds, animals, and plants? You will find answers to all these questions and many other interesting facts about wind in this brightly illustrated book for children ages six to ten. The book was written in collaboration with a meteorologist of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute.
The book contains facts from geography, history, biology and other fields of science. The main character in this book is the wind, but there are others as well: an old man and his granddaughter to whom he tells about the wind. Their journey can be traced through the pages of the book, or you can make up your own story.
The illustrations for The Wind were shortlisted for the BIBF Ananas International Illustration Exhibition in Beijing, China and were honored with an award at the International Illustration and Book Design Competition — Image of the Book in Moscow, Russia. The Wind was published in Russia in 2020 by Rech. Complete rough English translation available.
Simplified Chinese language rights sold, all other rights available (except Russian)
Embark with a little girl and her dad for an exciting mini road trip. How she would love these wonderful moments to never end!
In this very simple text written in the 1st person, we follow a little girl who has left for the day with her daddy in his little truck. He is working. She lets herself be transported along the way and by their favorite songs on the radio. Her imagination wanders through the landscapes and the lyrics. How she wishes that this wonderful journey with Daddy would be endless.
Mori’s cheerful and colorful images show here and there outdated objects, like the trace of a memory. For this is how Mori always proceeds in creation: by passing through his memories, as in this case of a silent and loving relationship between a child and his father.
Papa’s little truck has been selected for The Unpublished Picturebook Showcase 2020 by dPictus.
All rights available except French and complex Chinese languages
Mona is a little girl who loves to play with words, to pronounce them, to arrange and re-arrange them, to fill her pockets with words and to create new fantastique worlds. It’s not so easy if your parents are hiding behind the perfectly correct words. Mona’s messy letters annoy her father and the vacuum cleaner is always there to make the space clean and empty.
Mona stops talking. But sometimes words have surprises in stock: they pop-up from nowhere. There are itchy words, squeezed words, forgotten words, sweet words that bring together…
Mona Olala is a story of a little girl and her parents but most importantly about the need of words between parents and their kids.
Original text – French language
All rights available except Russian
The Captamed fox is a story of a young fox saved by a nature lover who rescues it, takes care and tames it with lots of love. But Fawn is always on a lookout of what’s outside, of the sounds of nature that are so close and dreams of returning back to the forest. Fawn appreciates this human to whom it got used to but can’t understand why it is not allowed to go back to the nature calling. One day Fawn manages to escape and becomes wild and free animal again. After a while, Virgile comes across it in the forest. She is surrounded by three cubs. Virgile takes a photo. It is the most beautiful photo he has ever taken, the photo of freedom. Virgile and Fawn finally understand each other. A strong friendship unites them forever.
Publication – March 2021
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“The day just started… In the sky the bird already flies away towards whom will cuddle it “
Enter the nursery with a fox, a mouse, a deer, a teddy bear… Everyone is looking for who will give him love. As the day progresses, this tender and varied array of animals in search of affection leads the child to the ultimate question: who will rock him? The final double-page spread suggests an answer as comforting as the bond between child and parent.
A very hingry little cockatoo races through the jungle chasing any kind of food. He swallows every thing he come asross (a dragonfly, a butterfly), sometimes even inappropriate things (a snake’s tale) or just something for a pleasure of tasting it (a snowflake). He knows how to lurk and wait quitely for a long time even if he can’t keep from eating an apple that doensn’t belong him… But how can you resist to the one who knows how to make the friendship flourish.
German and complex Chinese language rights sold
German and complex Chinese language rights sold
The Tiny climbs on the rock and observes a huge void. He doesn’t seem worried. He is not alone. The Big appears in front of him and talks to him. The Tiny is not scared of the unknown or adventure, he explores every corner of his universe, makes mistakes and sometimes he needs some help. Today, he is tiny but tomorrow he will be able to go far.
German and complex Chinese language rights sold
In India, an old man offers a treasure to a young beggar: several pieces of wood. The child is disappointed but as the old man starts to push the wooden figures and recount the battles and expeditions, the boys turns into a hero and adventurer. Initiated at the chess game, the boy reveals himself as a prodigy. So he is sent to travel around the world to compete with the best players… Years later, covered with glory, the champion is back to his home country. One day, he stops in front of a poor young beggar…
The story is freely inspired by the life of Mir Malik Sultan Khan (1905-1966) – an Indian chess master, the strongest chess master of his time.
English (world) and Spanish (US only) language rights sold
A river. A house in the middle of the river. A dreamy bear sitting on the roof of the house. Shouldn’t we leave… Then again, where to? Who with? Thus began a quiet journey. The illustrations prompt the reader to ask questions, without any pressure to give answers. A winding path, an encounter with a friendly wolf, a starry night, a sledge that seems to beckon the reader to toboggan down to… a river, and all the way downstream suddenly pops up a house, at the top of a hill. Indeed, this journey is deceptively just playful: it’s an initiation.
My dog Trumpet is amazing because everything about her is mathematical! She is composed of several geometrical shapes: circles, squares, triangles… She compounds the feats and multiplies the gaffes. And when a cat comes her way, she zeroes in on and squares off.
After Marcel the super cat also published by Le Diplodocus, the reader is ready for Joanna Wiejak’s good humor and the inventive strokes of her drawings, in an infinitely tender story. Young readers will become familiar with the basics of mathematics while having fun and enjoy the mischievous dog’s adventures.
A unique encounter, a rare combination of mathematics and thrills!
simplified Chinese, Italian and Korean language rights sold
Just now, in front of everyone, Abel declared proudly: “When I will grow up, I will be a river”. Despite the other kids who try to demolish his crazy dream, he persists in his optimism with his head held high. If he were a river, he wouldn’t have legs anymore but he would be able to run faster than ever and cross the entire continents. One could think that he would be lonely but he would be surrounded by fish, crustaceans… and even mermaids… until the moment when a thought of pollution doesn’t leave place to optimism! Luckily, the other kids decide to clean the filthy waters in order to give the beauty of his dream back to Abel. As a matter of fact, if there is no problem in becoming a river, why not to become a desert, a mountain, a tree?
The river child is a fable about the force of imagination that helps to increase the readers’ awareness of ecology.
Publicaton – November 2020
The ice cap is melting! The penguins need to find a new home. But all the wonderful places of Earth they have heard of are polluted or destroyed… Themes : ecology, destruction of natural habitat, penguins.
New edition (November 2020): bigger format and new preface!
Chinese simplified, Chinese complex, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish languages rights sold
Lively novels for girls and boys who dream of the world of tomorrow.
Nour and Anaël are stuck in their apartment block for the summer and don’t know how to entertain themselves. When they discover an abandoned ground, they have an idea: they are going to build a super hut! How to build it? With the available means and the help of the neighbors! And if it was the perfect place to celebrate the Papi Paulo’s birthday, Anaël’s grandfather?
Publication – April 2021
A new series about sport, sporting values and friendship – for children aged 8 and up.
Five friends, who are as close as the five Olympic rings, take up their first sporting challenge – to get a football team together!
Max has persuaded his four friends to get a football team together. The problem is where to play on their housing estate where there are no gardens or parks. But when the Mayor gives them the keys to the stadium, their hopes are revived. However, these hopes are dashed when they see the state of the decrepit old stadium. Will they manage to organize their first football tournament?
Publication – June 2020
Follow the adventures of Phileas Fogg, Passepartout, Aouda and others in their round-the-world voyage in the renowned novel by Jules Verne Around the World in 80 Days. Visit the four corners of the world following the fifteen spreads of this seek and find book full of details to observe and tasks to accomplish. The book follows the plot of the original novel and gets the reader acquainted with the story of this classics of world literature through a condensed version.
Original language of publication – Russian; complete rough English translation available.
Italian, Portuguese, Danish and Korean rights sold. All other rights available (except Russian)
A fascinating look at unusual houses all over the world – from both past and present – that show the incredible variety of our different ways of life. This highly-illustrated non-fiction work takes us inside the most amazing houses in the world: the teepees of Native Americans, the izbis of Russia, the palaces of Venice, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and many more… Through panoramic illustrations, maps and games, the reader finds out all about their history, their architecture and the people who live there.
Mireille Calmel’s first novel for children – the historical novel that will be a summer page- turner! At the chateau of Amboise, the great master Leonardo da Vinci has just died. But someone has stolen his sketch of The Flying Wing, one of his greatest inventions. Who has stolen it and why? Above all, the King – Francis I – must not notice that it has disappeared. In a race against time, four children – Flore, Raphaël, Louis and Pierre – begin a breathtaking chase through the underground passages of the chateau.
Mireille Calmel (author) is a best-selling author with a score of historical novels to her credit (published by XO). All have been best-sellers, both in France (where 1.7 million copies have been sold) and abroad, where her translated works sell in a dozen or so countries.
In her golden country where it’s always, always hot, Maryam loves gardening. On the other side of the world, in her silver country, where it’s always, always raining, Maroussia shares the same passion. Will their flowers flourish one day?
– An ecological tale to increase the ecological/climatic awareness
– Complementary characters to accentuate solidarity
– Bright vibrant gouache illustrations, rich in details
– A duo of a renowned children’s novelist and young talented illustrator
Publication date – November 2020
In The Gift we follow the experience of Xiong, a shy boy who receives an entrance ticket to a museum as a Christmas gift from his father. He is not so happy; he would have preferred to stay in his familiar world, with his friend Mr. Cigale. He is not really passionate about the museum pieces of art. What should he look at at the exposition? What should he think of? Is there only one way to understand a piece of art? In reality, Xiong is much closer to the world of art and creativity than he can ever imagine. Art is often mysterious and difficult to understand. But it can change if we accept to open our heart and set off for an adventure.
Korean language rights sold
Every year the forest lives a full life cycle, it revives in spring and falls asleep in winter. The cycle repeats again and again. The seasons change one after another. The life begins and ends, and then it begins again. This graphic novel is about how beautiful and endless the life is. And in the center of the narrative is the story of one wolf.
complete PDFs in English available
After a success of The Bird Book (rights sold to 10 languages) and The Book of Tiny Creatures (rights sold to 8 languages), discover a new title by Nathalie Tordjman about trees, illustrated with precise and naturalistic drawings of Julien Norwood as well as magnificent colourful illustrations of Isabelle Simler.
Publication date – Spring 2020
Arabic (world), simplified Chinese, Czech, Slovak, Spanish (world), Russian, Korean, English (world), Serbian, Turkish, Japanese and German language rights sold
40 experiments to be carried out at first hand: a fun way to find out more about our environment and learn how to protect it. 40 activities that will bring the Nature back into children’s lives. They foster concentration, creativity and self-esteem. All activities are tested by children, with easy-to-follow, step-by-step guidance and photos.
Publication – March 2021
An ardent musicologist tells children all about the fascinating life of the young prodigy and the secrets of his music. A book to be read whilst listening to his finest works! We follow the fascinating course of Mozart’s life from his early years when he was taught by his father to his travels to all the courts of Europe. We find out everything about his successes, his feelings and the secrets behind his compositions. The book contains an audio bonus (extracts of Mozart’s greatest works) and the timeline of the most important dates of the composer’s life.
Danish and Vietnamese language rights sold