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“Thank you for the tenderness” that Myren Duval and Emma Constant appreciate so much

“Thank you for the tenderness” that Myren Duval and Emma Constant appreciate so much

Christian Dorsan, author, blogger etc associate of the 20 Minutes Books reader group, recommends Thank you for your tenderness by Myren Duval and Emma Constant, published on August 31, 2022 by Éditions Rouergue and selected among the Pépites for the best children’s novel (7-11 years) at Book and print fair for young peoplefrom November 30 to December 5 in Montreuil.

His favorite quote:

I watch my clothes spin in the washing machine. They seem to be having a good laugh in their wet-foam carousel. Later I will put them in the garden, for them it is climbing trees. I think that’s the life of a coat. In my opinion, it’s better to be a suit than a child.

Why this book?

  • Because this book offers a skillful way talk with children about the problem of depression. Doudou, a little girl, faces her sick mother. It is assumed that he has a painful past that he cannot let go of. That is the relationship that is told in this book, a loving relationship between a daughter who takes care of her mother while the mother lets herself go.
  • Because the family is not limited only to mother and father, but also to uncles and aunts, cousins, etc. Here, it is the aunt who takes over from the mother. Myren Duval makes us share with a lot of humor and liveliness, the exchange between Doudou and his Dad hides immense tenderness behind all that energy.
  • Because this book is a treasure due to its illustrations, worthy of a comic book: we follow the summer of Doudou box by box thanks to the magical brush of Emma Constant.

The most important in 2 minutes

Action. Doudou is a lively and imaginative girl whose mother is ill. During the holidays, her Dad will take her out and take care of her. Chronicle of the summer of tenderness.

Characters. Doudou, a dynamic and mischievous girl, her mom, sick, immersed in the past, and her Dad, colorful.

Places. Doudou’s house.

Time. One summer.

Author. Myren Duval is a traveler, author of several novels for young adults. Emma Constant is a Belgian illustrator of family origin who is immersed in comics.

This book was read with funny and serious, Doudou’s relationship with his mother and aunt is quite different, proof that children adapt to and care for adults. The illustrations are dynamic, a real pleasure to read. From 9 years old.

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