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Tuesday 17 March 2015

Review: An Armadillo in Paris

I love how this book begins ... about having an 'itch'. An itch that can only be relieved once an adventure begins.

And so, Arlo the armadillo from Brazil, heads off on a glorious adventure, inspired by the collection of journals his grandfather Augustin bequeathed his grandson.

In this particular adventure, Arlo reads of Paris and how much his grandfather loves this beautiful city--overflowing with art, history and life. Advised to follow the path laid out in the journal, Arlo heads off in search of the 'iron lady'.

Further journal snippets appear as Arlo embarks on his travels, guiding him on his quest--and also providing interesting facts and curiosities about Paris along the way. From the Arc de Triomphe, along the Champs Elysées, past a macaron store, the Louvre and along the Seine, this sweet little creature drinks in the beauty and majesty that is Paris personified.

A mixture of monochromatic sketches and watercoloury washes, in divine colours and textures, make Arlo's journey a visual delight, and the surprise ending, revealing the 'iron lady' is truly smile-inducing. Can you guess who she is?

Some Iron Lady facts at the end of the book round out this gorgeous Parisian voyage. Higher text make this ideal for slightly older children, though younger kids will enjoy the pictures.

Title: An Armadillo in Paris
Author/Illustrator: Julie Kraulis
Publisher: Tundra, $29.99 RRP
Publication Date: 2 February 2015
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
ISBN: 9781770495265
For ages: 5 - 10
Type: Picture Book