Adèle & Simon

Adèle & Simon

Book - 2006 | 1st ed
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When Adele walks her little brother Simon home from school he loses one more thing at every stop: his drawing of a cat at the grocer's shop, his books at the park, his crayons at the art museum, and more. When Simon's older sister, Adele, picks him up from school, he has his hat and gloves and scarf and sweater, his coat and knapsack and books and crayons, and a drawing of a cat he made that morning. Adele makes Simon promise to try not to lose anything. But as they make their way home, distractions cause Simon to leave something behind at every stop. What will they tell their mother? Detailed pen-and-ink drawings - filled with soft watercolors - make a game of this unforgettable tour through the streets and scenes of early-twentieth-century Paris. Illustrated endpapers extend the fun by replicating a 1907 Baedeker map of Paris.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374380441
0374380449
Branch Call Number: CJ M
Characteristics: [33] p. : col. ill., col. map ; 29 cm
Alternative Title: Adèle and Simon

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BookEMonster
Dec 26, 2017

The illustrations and the orange gold palette of this book is so gorgeous I had to look at it several times before I could actually read it. I was shocked this book came out in 2006. I thought surely it was an update. These images of Paris and the style and colours are an homage to children's picture books from the early 1900's. But this artist is entirely authentic, and the update is so fresh! It is a storybook Paris that is captured here. Which is why many, many adults will love it. If you like vintage children's illustrations and or stories, this book is for you!
And the story is very cute, and Simon and Adele are both adorable. The story, too, is a fresh version of the types of stories told at the turn of the century but the dated elements are removed- the morals and fables, etc.
If you are familiar with the Anamaniacs characters Mindy and her dog Buttons, you might see Simon and his sister Adele have the same characters and relationship, but to a much lesser degree. Simon has that same ability to blissfully breeze through his exciting afternoon, not realising the disaster in his wake, and of course, it all works out magically and effortlessly in the end! And the final drawing is a "piece de resistance"!

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jakjtorrey
Aug 25, 2016

This delightful story held my children enrapt and produced innumerable giggles as poor Simon continued to lose his belongings. We enjoyed traveling the neighborhoods of Paris with this book, highly recommend it!

JCLChristiH Dec 15, 2011

When Adele walks her little brother Simon home from school he loses one more thing at every stop: his drawing of a cat at the grocer's shop, his books at the park, his crayons at the art museum, and more.

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CHERILUV33
Mar 28, 2011

This Book was turned in a LONG time ago, please check on it

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