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best of year 2009

Here's my official Favourite Book of the Year, happily sitting on my desk, which I found in my favourite Brussels bookshop, Tropismes, by Alexandra Pilchard. It's a baby board book called Herman et Dominique, about a mousy-looking man named Herman who has an intimate relationship with a mussel named Dominique. But Dominique leaves him, so he shacks up with an oyster named Marie-Claude, until Dominique suddenly returns to him... with chips.

I wish we had more baby books like this, French language publishers totally rock. I love how the book fits into my hand and opens just like a mussel.

Every morning at seven, Herman wakes up Dominique, his pet mussel. Then he takes her for a walk before going to work.

Then Herman makes soup. Dominique always lets it sit to cool for a few minutes before swallowing it.

It's on the island that he makes the acquaintance with Marie-Claude, a regional oyster. Marie-Claude loves nature, horses and cultural outings.

Hee hee, even with the moustache, Herman looks a little bit like Stuart. (You can buy it here on Amazon.fr.)


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Jan. 5th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, glad you like it, too! :)
Jan. 5th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
Poor Dominique - so cute, yet so delicious.
Jan. 5th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
A real tasty morsel, she is.
Jan. 5th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, that is such a cool book! where on earth do you find these things, you're like the Indiana Jones of amazing picture books :)
Jan. 6th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
That is the best title I have ever been given! :D I SO wanted to be Indiana Jones when I was little. Well, the female version of Indiana Jones.
Jan. 6th, 2010 11:13 am (UTC)
that is just too sweet, kids books are the best
Jan. 6th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
True! :D
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