Adèle & Simon

By Barbara McClintock; Barbara McClintock (Illustrator)
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374380441, 36pp.)

Publication Date: September 5, 2006

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When Simon's older sister, Adèle, 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. Adèle 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.

Adèle & Simon is a 2006 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year and a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About the Author

BARBARA MCCLINTOCK has written and illustrated several books for young readers, including Dahlia, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book. She is also the illustrator of many more. She lives in Windham, Connecticut.

Praise For Adèle & Simon

"[An] instant classic. McClintock's illustrations . . . evoke the world of children's books our grandmothers handed down, by Randolph Caldecott or Emile Gaillard."

"Simon is a lucky kid--and so are the ones whose parents share this lovely book with them."

"The story is droll; the pen-and-ink drawings, glorious."

"McClintock's story is fun to read, and her illustrations, rich with autumn colors and scenes, make this book a standout."

"The illustrations are nonpareil."

"Muted old-world watercolors pay homage to a great city and a special relationship at the dawn of the 20th century."

"A gifted artist offers gorgeous pen-and-ink watercolor drawings of early 20th century Paris."

"Parents will hunt for excuses to borrow this one."

"McClintock's beautifully restrained use of color may evoke a long-ago time, but her compositions are so dynamic there's always something for contemporary children to discover."

"Delightful . . . as enjoyable as a chocolate croissant."

"McClintock scores a double coup, creating a must-see for francophiles and an engaging hide-and-seek game for homebodies."

"A beautiful example of bookmaking, with plenty to charm children, this is a visual delight."

"With its cozy, Kate Greenaway flavor and many minutiae to discover, this will be especially nice to share one on one."

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