"Elegant. Apparently simple and transparent nostalgia belies its sophistication of observation. Deftly characterised illustrations." * Books for Keeps * "What particularly engages is the way Modiano captures memories of childhood: fragmented, misunderstood, but glowing in the crucible of recollection" * Booklist * "Really affecting" * Bookbag * "Feather-light illustrations. This lovely book suggests the delicacy and strength of an eggshell." * Publishers Weekly online * "Ravishing artwork. In surrendering our old certitudes, we may win insights that make our lives more fully human and humane in the present." * The Boston Globe *
Patrick Modiano is a celebrated French novelist, author of numerous books for adults and children. His work has been translated into over 30 languages. Notable awards include the Grand Prix du Roman de lAcadmie Franaise, the Prix Goncourt and the Austrian State Prize for European Literature. In 2014 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies. Born in France in 1932, Jean-Jacques Semp is one of the worlds most successful illustrators and cartoonists. His work includes numerous covers of the New Yorker magazine, full-page cartoons in Paris Match, the illustrations of the classic childrens book character, Nicholas, and many albums of cartoons and graphic novels. He lives in Paris.