Constance and Tiny

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Say hello to Constance, a sweet, grateful, good little girl—NOT!

In fact, she’s a mischief-making, rule-breaking imp with a wicked gleam in her eye. Wherever she goes, trouble (and her enormous cat, Tiny) surely follow. That’s why children will go absolutely mad for her: Constance does exactly what they dream of doing in their naughtiest moments…and she’s never repentant.

Making the delicious Constance stories even more fun: the comic contrast ...

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Overview

Say hello to Constance, a sweet, grateful, good little girl—NOT!

In fact, she’s a mischief-making, rule-breaking imp with a wicked gleam in her eye. Wherever she goes, trouble (and her enormous cat, Tiny) surely follow. That’s why children will go absolutely mad for her: Constance does exactly what they dream of doing in their naughtiest moments…and she’s never repentant.

Making the delicious Constance stories even more fun: the comic contrast between the deadpan text and the outrageous illustrations. Like the cheeky character herself, the pictures always say the opposite of the words

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“My name is Constance. I am locked up in an evil mansion,” the narrator begins, but the illustrations tell a very different tale: the “evil mansion” is her family's charming, ivy-covered cottage with a swimming pool. Humorous disparity between the text and illustrations forms the linchpin of this wry French import. The histrionic narrator, Constance, complains of her wretched life with her parents who “are terrible people—unfair and mean,” yet they are shown bestowing gifts and generally kowtowing to this diminutive terror. Her “sweet and gentle” cat, Tiny, is huge and as ill-behaved as his owner. While the plot is slight—Constance and Tiny run away, only to be returned by bandits, aka kindly police—the pleasure lies in the naughty ironies. Héliot's (Piano Piano) line drawings are elegant and employ a restrained palette of black, white, gray and red. Charles Addamsesque gothic touches add a cautionary flair: Constance's red-ringed eyes have an evil, zombielike look, while Tiny's ears evoke the sharp angularity of devil's horns. Also out in September: Constance and the Great Escape. Ages 7–up. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402766480
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,090,459
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Pierre Le Gall published his first comic book script when he was 20, and hasn’t stopped writing since. He and Éric Héliot have known each other for nearly 30 years, and began collaborating on projects in 2000. The Constance and Tiny books are the first of their collaborations to be published in the United States. Pierre lives in France.

Éric Héliot received a degree in fine arts before taking a job in children’s publishing, and then illustrating full-time. He is particularly at ease in the absurd, where he can let his elegant drawing style run free. He lives and works in Rouen, France, where he plays drums, to his neighbors’ great despair. He has illustrated nearly fifty titles, including Piano Piano by Davide Cali (Charlesbridge) and Just Us Girls (Abrams).

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