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Le Petit Nicolas: the magic of every-day life through the lenses of childhood

In March 1959, the legendary French comics writer René Goscinny associated with illustrator Jean-Jacques Sempé for what then seemed no more than a side project: short stories for children told by one of them, "Young Nicholas" (or, in French, "Le Petit Nicolas"). Little more than 50 years later, the project has become a hit with 8 volumes published (most of them waiting for you at Dibuka), millions of copies sold, translations in several languages and even a cinematographic adaptation.

The recipe of this success is simple and refreshing: Nicholas tells the world as he sees it, with a straightforward, uncomplicated perception that is characteristic of children. Comical effect – when his naive views contradict those, more elaborate but often hypocrite, of adults – and nostalgic memories arouse from his narration. This “double effect”, both comic and poetic, make of the book an early example of modern children' literature, centred around the child's experience of life rather than imposing an adult's point of view. It makes the book suitable for kids, who will be delighted at following the adventures of one of their pairs, and adults, who will look at it as a tender reminder of the golden age of childhood.

 

Hadrien Diez

Books - Dibuka

  • 2019-DibuKids-newsletter-2ndsem
    Dibuka

    Programme DibuKlub and DibuKids - July to December

    July - December 2019 Dibuka Francophone Multimedia Library at the Alliance Française of Johannesburg This year will be full of exciting events and activities at Dibuka. With movies twice a month on Wednesdays for adults; and storytime, films or activities twice a month on Saturdays for kids, there… Read more
  • DibuKids program
    Dibuka

    Programme DibuKlub and DibuKids - February to June

    February - June 2019 Dibuka Francophone Multimedia Library at the Alliance Française of Johannesburg This year will be full of exciting events and activities at Dibuka. With movies twice a month on Wednesdays for adults; and storytime, films or activities twice a month on Saturdays for kids, there… Read more
  • 2018-DibukaFestival-facebook-2
    Dibuka

    Dibuka Library Festival

    Not your ordinary book festival! 1 – 29 September 2018 Spring is coming! And with it, the Dibuka Library Festival, a new kind of book festival to celebrate Dibuka's new revamping and its 15th birthday. Dibuka Library Festival will run from the 1st to the 29th of September at the newly revamped… Read more

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