Regnaud recalls his kindergarten years in France in this cute but never saccharine semi-autobiography. Jean's father is the boss at a factory, and, according to the adults in Jean's life, his mother is away on a long trip. Jean's next-door neighbor, a mischievous little girl, begins secretly reading humorous postcards from "mom" to Jean. Jean wants to believe the (clearly fabricated) postcards are true, and he is beginning to forget his mother's face. It's difficult to say if the book is appropriate for younger readers or if the ending-where the truth of the mother's status is revealed-would upset them. The sweet sadness of the five-year-old's point of view is best appreciated by adults. Bravo's attractive artwork solidly carries the story forward. However, the text is laid out primarily in narration boxes rather than dialogue balloons. The panels are usually borderless, and coupled with the narration, the book feels more like a hybrid picture book than a graphic novel. My Mommy won several awards in France, including a 2008 Literary Tam Tam Award and a 2008 Essentials Award in Angoulême. (Apr.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
My Mommy: is in America and she met Buffalo Billby Jean Regnaud, ?mile Bravo
Jean, an adorable 5 year-old boy, relates his daily life and little adventures with his sour-tempered teacher Madame Moinot, his busy dad, his nanny Yvette (the Queen of iced chocolate), his little brother Paul (with whom he's always fighting) and his neighbor Michele (whose parents own a kennel). But Jean feels a great emptiness inside and asks Where is my Mommy? With sensitivity and emotion, but never lapsing into melodrama, Bravo and Regnaud tell their story and remind us that children are not the only ones who would rather invent than deal with reality.
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Meet the Author
Emile Bravo was born September 18, 1964 in Paris, France. He first worked with Regnaud in 1990 on Ivoire for the Magic Strip collection Atomium. Then, between 1993 and 1998 they conceived three albums in the dark humored Aleksis Strogonov series.
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