From the Publisher
"De Crécy's storytelling is agile, witty, and peppered with surprising twists. Beautiful and muted watercolor panels." —School Library Journal
"De Crécy is a gifted storyteller whose eye for body language and ear for a funny line never fails him. He deftly combines art history, science fiction and simple philosophizing in a short but very sweet tale." —Publishers Weekly
"De Crécy's art is breathtaking, he lives up to his reputation as a mad genius with this amusing work." —Booklist
"A clever upending of the resilient myth that masterworks of art preserve the history and spirit of their era; the meaning of art, De Crécy suggests, belongs to the people who experience it." —Washington Post
"I love this book so much. it’s a sly satire on art history and a spectacular visual narrative all by itself." —Heidi McDonald, Comics Beat
"There is some farce inside, the book does not take itself too seriously. I enjoyed it, and recommend it to those who can laugh at their cultural selves." —Ralph Peterson, San Francisco Review
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up
Some centuries in the future, there is a deep freeze, and archaeologists, accompanied by genetically enhanced dogs, set out to seek places that once were. Such is the exploring party to which Gregor, Reynald, Juliette, the bespectacled pig-dog Hulk, and others belong. Trekking across the vast tundra, they literally fall into the ruins of the Louvre, which they misinterpret as the private home of an individual who belonged to a civilization lacking in alphabetic writing, a culture that communicated solely in images. Although the paintings in this vast house are mute, the statues, mummies, and objets anciens contain spiritual life, and Hulk is able to speak with them as readily as he can converse with his contemporary humans. In this first of four books to be coproduced with the Louvre, De Crecy's storytelling is agile, witty, and peppered with surprising twists. The beautiful and muted watercolor panels are tiny and luminous, dusted by windblown snow and lit by campfires. An appendix provides a guide to the works depicted within the tale. Graphic novel readers of a literary bent will find this fun, while art and history teachers will want to know about it as supplemental curriculum reading.
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