“Once upon a time there was a big and bad wolf... ” These words, which any reader knows since childhood, are the very beginning of what is likely to be a new version of the well-known fairy-tale of Little Red Riding Hood. The first funny illustration shows the ferocious animal gingerly coming up to the innocent little girl who is smelling a flower in the wood. The tragedy seems to be forthcoming but it’s just a false start: for fear of frightening the readers or hurting their feelings, the writer and the illustrator immediately adjust their aim. And the wolf is replaced by a nice and lovely poodle. Which is about to eat a pigeon. Nay! Too many microbes! A sweet would be much better... nay! Sweets rot your teeth. A turnip, here’s the solution: a turnip with which to prepare a healthy soup to share with the other animals. But unfortunately, as most people know, turnips can have noisy collateral effects and you might become vulgar.
The story starts again and again and inevitably a sort of reader-censor, or rather the voice of their own conscience, reprimands the author forcing them to interrupt it. But you only need to look at the drawings to understand that the characters are not willing to accept these continuous changes of mind and, sooner or later, like actors worn out by too many actions imposed by a tyrannical and fickle director, will decide to revolt...
A concentrate of good humour in an original pocket-size horizontal format, a crazy story of amusing and clever animals drawn in black, white and pink, and with the light and dynamic line which is typical of Ronan Badel. A little humorous jewel which encourages us to reflect on how a story is built under several aspects – the role of the omnipotent author, the theme of reception, and the mechanisms of the classical plot requiring to overcome obstacles – and at the same time cheerfully makes fun of political correctness, healthism and other widespread extremisms that might enforce censorship on free artistic expression.
Ronan Badel was born on January 17th, 1972 in Auray, in the region of Brittany. After graduating from the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg, he started working as an author and illustrator of children’s books. In 1998 he published his first book with Seuil jeunesse. For many years he taught illustration at an art school in Paris, then he moved back to Brittany where he dedicated himself to the production of children’s books. In 2006 he wrote and illustrated his first comic book, Petit Sapiens.
His books for #logosedizioni: Il modo migliore per imparare a disegnare una mucca and C'era un'altra volta.
Muriel Zürcher was born in 1971 and lives in Nancy. After having worked as a psychomotor specialist, she went back to education and worked as head of human resources in several hospitals. In 2010 she debuted in children's literature with a book closely related to her profession, La santé à petit pas, published by Actes Sud Junior. Since then she has written the texts for around forty children’s books collaborating with several illustrators and publishers.
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