Original Title:

Sans détour


L’Étagère du bas








ISBN: 978-2-490253-40-1

48 pages

19,5 x 27 - 15€


Every day, the same path heading to school… Stop at the traffic light, walk past the big buildings and along the park. I am counting my steps, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10… Then, we arrive in front of the pastry shop next to school. And here is the lady sitting on the floor with her baby in her arms every day. What are they doing there?


Strong points:

-A picture book to talk about exclusion without sadness, through children’s eyes.

-The words are light and poetic, chosen carefully to sound in tune.

-The minimalist and pastel drawings are printed as a spot color, and the layout is neat.

-Shortlisted for several literary awards.


Reviews (selection):

“A book to help us not look away from poverty.”

– Marie Claire Enfants


“Such a combination of purity and emotion is extremely rare.

– Sophie Van der Linden (French writer and literary critic)


“Not to look away, it’s a learning process… thank you for this beautiful album.”

– Librairie Petite Égypte (bookstore)


“Tom Haugomat’s gentle drawings are a wonderful illustration of a child’s daily encounter with a family living on the streets.”

– Librairie Les Parleuses (bookstore)


Key words: homeless, daily life, solidarity, emotions, donation


Rights sold: Korean, Portuguese languages

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