Synopses & Reviews
Meet Mr. Hulot—he's always in the middle of the action! Created and played by French comic actor and filmmaker Jacques Tati, Mr. Hulot is a beloved charater in France. David Merveilles comic strip style illustrations depict 23 captivating scenes with a page turn that builds suspense for each surprise ending. From buying a snow globe on a warm summer day—shaking it—and causing the sky to snow, to a crazy visit to the zoo where Mr. Hulot has something in common with every animal at the zoo—Merveilles creations are a delight to the observant and curious eye.
• This almost wordless picture book is entertaining, unique, and oh so very French! • Children will love Mr. Hulots boundless imagination and enthusiasm, as well as his Gallic charm. • The books were turned into a series of short French films in the 1960s, and Rowan Atkinson cites them as inspiration for his Mr. Bean character.
"In a wordless graphic novel style picture book, French artist Merveille (Jukebox) brings to a new audience the mid 20th century French cinema icon Monsieur Hulot, created and portrayed by actor Jacques Tati. More than 20 stories appear, told in groups of panels on a single page, followed by a page turn that supplies the punch line. Flat artwork and a quiet palette suit the austere post-WWII setting as Hulot ambles through Paris in a Walter Mitty like alternate reality, his trusty umbrella at the ready. He buys a snow globe one beautiful spring day, turns it over, and starts a real snowstorm. He tries in vain to hook a prize fish at a carnival, then hooks one on his umbrella without realizing it after he turns away. Many episodes depend on references that may require parental explanations, like French military parades that require onlookers to salute patriotically, footprints from the first moonwalk, or Don Quixote tilting at windmills. Older readers though, will find this a rewarding cross-cultural comic experience and Tati fans will sigh with delight at the stories' many whimsical ironies. Ages 4 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
""Twenty-two comical, wordless mini-episodes in sequential panels pay terrific tribute to a classic Chaplin-esque character...Mr. Hulot may not be as well-known on this side of the pond as the Little Tramp or Buster Keaton, but he definitely merits a seat in the same row.""- Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) Kirkus Reviews
David Merveille works for the press and teaches graphics and illustration at the Institute Saint-Luc of Brussels. He has worked on many publicity campaigns in France and Belgium, and creates posters and illustrations for a daily newspaper called “Libre Belgique.” He has written several books.
About the Author
David Merveille lives and works in Brussels.