Around the World with Mouk
With the recession hitting hard, I am finding myself housebound this summer. With no big plans to take off to places unknown, I am exploring my own backyard instead. One great thing about living in Toronto is the mix of cultures and ethnicities and you don’t have to go far to experience different parts of the world. I am practically next door to Chinatown, a hop and a skip away from Little Italy and a 20-minute streetcar ride to Little India or any other nation of my choice – it’s a small world, after all. Keep reading…
If you also find yourself housebound this summer, go explore your own backyard or pick up a copy of Around the World with Mouk: a trail of adventure, written and illustrated by Marc Boutavant. (Just a reminder that libraries are also a great place to go exploring, to learn about other cultures or escape to worlds unknown through a great book.) Follow a little bear name Mouk as he travels around the world visiting Bobo-Dioulasso in Africa, Australia’s Kangaroo Island, Pondicherry in South East India and other fascinating parts of the world.
Around the World with Mouk is visual eye candy and I find it overwhelmingly stunning. It’s as if Richard Scarry took a ride on Disneyland’s “It’s a Small World” ride. Overloaded with charm, Boutavant has created a world of animal characters that have so much personality and wit. Every page is an explosion of activity, capturing Boutavant’s humorous observations of life and providing intriguing tidbits about local customs. Readers will find themselves repeatedly flipping through the book with wonder.
(For the kid in all of us, the book also comes with two full pages of reusable vinyl stickers that can be placed onto the smooth, glossy pages.)
Around the World with Mouk, a children’s book review by Thao Lam
Author and Illustrator: Marc Boutavant
J’adore Boutavant! Unfortunately, I came up empty-handed when I googled his name. All I know about Marc Boutavant is that he is an amazing French comic artist and illustrator. If anyone out there has any info, please share. There might not much about the artist, but I highly suggest googling his name anyway as your search will result in plenty of spectacular illustrations by Boutavant.
To find out more about Marc Boutavant, please visit his website: www.heartagency.com
Publisher Chronicle Books (November 18, 2009)