Thursday, February 16, 2012
Global Characters: French Books in Translation for Children & Young Adults
~Joyce Herbeck, "French Authors, Global Characters"
With Hergé's The Adventures of Tintin in the movie theaters this winter, I thought parents might be looking for other international fare for their children to read. The Tintin books & the Asterix books by Goscinny & Uderzo are great graphic novels & great fun, but perhaps you'd like to see a couple of other options.
Here are a selection of children's books translated from French, recommend by an article in Book Links, a Booklist magazine supplement. Many of these have won the Mildred L. Batchelder Award, given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.
Big Wolf and Little Wolf by Nadine Brun-Cosme
Star of Fear, Star of Hope by Jo Hoestlandt
A Book of Coupons by Susie Morgenstern
Nicholas by Rene Goscinny & Jean-Jacques Sempé
The Pull of the Ocean by Jean-Claude Mourlevat
Young Adult Novels
The Killer's Tears by Anne-Laure Bondoux
The Shadows of Ghadames by Joëlle Stolz
Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow by Faïza Guène