An Armadillo in Paris, by Julie Kraulis (2014)

Picture Book
Ages 4-7
An Armadillo in ParisArlo the Armadillo is looking forward to a life of adventure, a desire honestly earned as his grandfather Augustin not only travelled the world, but kept a journal in which he made notes for Arlo to follow when he was ready to travel on his own. Journal entries about Paris intrigue Arlo so much, he decides to make the city his first trip abroad. Kraulis’ muted illustrations are beautifully rendered in print, creating a mysterious and smoky feel as Arlo explores the city’s best-known landmarks, including the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, and the Seine, as well as patisseries, sidewalk cafes and bookstores. Arlo follows Augustin’s journal notes and instructions carefully as he searches for the Iron Lady, La Dame de Fer, that so amazed his grandfather many years before. The final reveal will entrance readers over and over again. A perfect selection for anyone planning a trip to Paris with young ones, a one-page appendix of facts about the Iron Lady also serves to foment an adventurous spirit in young armchair travellers. Though not suitable for storytime, it is a lovely choice for shared reading. I anticipate award nominations for the illustrations – a mix of graphite and oil, they are truly beautiful.
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About Michelle Mallette
I'm just trying to keep track of the books I've read - what I liked and what isn't worth re-reading. My work as a librarian has included youth services so you'll find a wide range of interests from picture books and teen dystopia to adult sci-fi, road trip novels, and nonfiction. Comments and communication is always welcome.

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