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author/illustrator: Julien Billaudeau

ages: 4+

40 pages

19 x 25.5 cm


Maison Georges

Sold: Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Complex Chinese, Greek, Arabic


Nothing At All

  • An ecological tale significantly questioning the relationship between man and his environment, and the balance between cities and nature.

    In the beginning, there was nothing at all. Of course, there were a few trees, here and there. But that was almost nothing. Here, there were birds perched in the branches, a fox, and a few rabbits... Next to nothing. Over there, there was a pond, a river, and even a heron that used to fish from time to time. Nothing less. After all, that was already a lot. But, to Mister C, it was not enough. As far as he was concerned, there was nothing at all.

    In this book, “nothing” and “everything” are a matter of perspective. The cleverly built story revolves around the word “nothing”, repeated like a song, to help to see the world from a higher view.

    The illustrations were made using carved wooden pieces, an ancient Chinese technique. The shapes were hand-printed, then scanned to compose the images digitally.

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