World Kid Lit Review: The Acrobat Family by Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud tr. Kevin St John

Happy New Year from the World Kid Lit Team! We’re looking forward to a fun translation-filled year, hopefully bringing with it lots of new children’s books from around the world. 

To kick the New Year off, here’s a glimpse into a wonderfully intricate pop-up book from France:

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The Acrobat Family by Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud tr. Kevin St John (Little Gestalten)

The blurb on the back of this striking book describes it as “a sensational show brought to you by the renowned pop-up artists Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud” and it really is a joy to behold. 

The premise of the book is a family of acrobats who are putting on a show. The language here really conjures up the image of a circus tent. The Acrobat Family is going to build a human tower. As you turn each page, more pop-up family members join the tower until the cat, Ginger the Red, climbs bravely onto the very top. Disaster strikes and they all come toppling down. But they fall get back up again and build the tower once more… this time with Ginger at the bottom holding everyone up.

It is just such a glorious book. The bold colours on a dark blue background are really striking. On each page, you find family members popping their heads around the curtain, preparing to fly or swing onto the page with short snippets of text. My six-year-old daughter was absolutely delighted and insisted on taking this to school to show her teachers and her friends. I loved seeing the joy on the faces of her and her friends as each page turns. My daughter’s favourite bit: where they all come toppling down.

If you like the sound of this one, take a look at In the Forest also by Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud, another cleverly-made pop-up book all about raising awareness of deforestation.

Highly recommended!

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