Sibylle Delacroix Captures Childhood in “Prickly Jenny” and “Blanche Hates the Night”

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Below are random finds from my library that fit our current theme! Check out these translated works of Sibylle Delacroix. Sibylle graduated from the School of Graphic Research in Brussels and then worked by day as a graphic designer while illustrating at night. She currently lives in the Midi-Pyrénéés in France.


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Prickly Jenny
(Ronchonette cocolle)

Written and illustrated by Sibyll Delacroix
Translated from the French by Karen Li
Published in the USA by Owlkids Books, Inc (2015)
ISBN-10: 1771471298
ISBN-13: 978-1771471299
Copy provided by Wayne County Public Library. Book photos by me.

From the book jacket: She doesn’t want her polka-dotted dress. She doesn’t want to take a nap. She doesn’t even want ice cream for dessert. (But she’ll eat it anyway.) Jenny doesn’t know what she wants right now, but tomorrow is another day.

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My thoughts on the book: Prickly Jenny is wrapped in cuteness. I adore Sibylle’s illustrations, which I think the kids will also love. The text is very short, which makes this book perfect for read-aloud. The story is told in a span of a day and illustrates the walking contradiction that is prickly Jenny. As The New York Times puts it, Prickly Jenny ventures into the paradoxical heart of toddler grumpiness.

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th0824eBlanche Hates the Night
(Blanche hait la nuit)

Written and illustrated by Sibylle Delacroix
Translated from the French by Christelle Morelli
Published in the USA by Owlkids Books Inc (2015)
ISBN-10: 1771471581
ISBN-13: 978-1771471589
Copy provided by Wayne County Public Library. Book photos by me.

From the book jacket: Every day ends the same. Night falls. Blanche’s mom puts her to bed, and it’s time to go to sleep. But Blanche does not want to go to sleep. She wants to tumble and hop and horse around. She wants to sing and drum and make a rocket! Can Blanche help it if bedtime brings out her creativity?

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My thoughts on the book: When I picked up this book, I initially thought it was about a little girl who hates the night because she was afraid of it. Not even close. Blanche Hates the Night depicts childhood behavior during bedtime. Needless to say, this book makes for a good bedtime story! I bet some kids can relate to Blanche’s experience!

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Parents, what do you think of these books?

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