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author/illustrator: Bérengère Cornut, Donatien Mary

ages: 5+

48 pages

24 x 31 cm



Sold: Simplified Chinese, Korean, Greek, Turkish, Armenian

The King of the Moon

  • One evening, the King of the Moon, a little tyrant with a gigantic head, bursts into Anathilde’s bedroom. The monarch sweeps the young girl away on his space ship and off they go to the moon!


    Upon arrival, Anathilde discovers the Lunars, strange creatures busily sorting through the King of the Moon’s toy collection, stolen from children on planet Earth. Against her best intentions, Anathilde becomes the King of the Moon’s accomplice, and finds herself
    involved in a plot to steal a toy train from a sick child.

    Bérengère Cournut and Donatien Mary unravel a story with twists and turns, following in the footsteps of children’s literary masterpieces such as "Babar" by Jean de Brunhoff, or aesthetically reminiscent of André Hellé’s illustrated stories.



    • 2020 Bologna Ragazzi Awards: Special Mention, Fiction






    Bérengère Cournut is an acclaimed French writer. Her first books mainly explored dreamlike territories. Since 2011, she regularly collaborates with Donatien Mary to invent universes where text and images dialogue in a facetious and poetic spirit ("Palabres and Schasslamitt", Attila). In 2019 "De pierre et d'os" was published (Le Tripode) awarded by the "Prix du Roman Fnac 2019".


    Donatien Mary is a prolific designer, illustrator and engraver, graduated from the Ecole des Arts décoratifs in Strasbourg in 2007. He develops through his experiments a very unique universe (sometimes filled with dinosaurs, sailors and comets). Each project is built with a different approach, with a certain predilection for all engraving practices: etchings, aquatints, wood engravings, or linos.




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