Loudéac Youth Book Fair: after two years of absence, the public at the appointment – Loudéac



Big colorful books, paperbacks without pictures… Adults and children wander among the piles of children’s books, of all shapes and colours. Behind the books, 24 authors and illustrators are busy, writing little words, drawing rabbits, flowers and monsters, with dedication.

“This show is a bit like our ritual”

“This show is a bit like our ritual,” says Delphine, who is waiting with her two children, Gabriel and Suzanne, in front of illustrator Kris Di Giacomo’s stand. Gabriel, 6, holds “The Cloud Map” in his hand: “This book is so good! The artist organized a workshop in his class this week and is now awaiting his dedication. An important step for Delphine’s mother, accustomed to the media library: “Here are her books, they can give them to their children… I want there to be a transmission of the object”.

And after the two-year absence from the show, she “broke a little.” “I bought ten books! Delphine launches, grinning from ear to ear. “We already have our references, we know certain authors well, and then we like to discover others! »

Antonin Louchard dedicates his book “Why rabbits don’t celebrate their birthday” to Ellie, who already met the author and illustrator during a class workshop. (The Telegram/Fanny Ohier)

“I buy the books, read them and then give them away! »

Meeting authors and giving away books is also what motivated Charlotte to come. This librarian from Plémet walks between the stands, finding her in her arms. She stops in front of Philippe Ug’s pop-up books. Stories of aliens, princesses and rockets, which unfold in 3D in extravagant colors.

Charlotte’s choice is “Princess Flore and her pony Buttercup.” A tough princess who decides to take action against the dragon that abuses her kingdom. “Many times she attracts me to the cover, the design of the book, a touch that I like. And then through a story that speaks to me and that I find poetic,” explains Charlotte.

“Who is this book for?” asks Philippe Ug, holding a colored pencil. “My little niece ! Charlotte adds, her eyes sparkling, “I kill two birds with one stone, buy the books, read them, and then give them away!” “Because children’s books are not reserved for children, emphasizes Philippe Ug, author and graphic designer. The test, is published by Great People editions.

At the Philippe Ug stand, children turn the pages of animated books or pop-up books that unfold in 3D.  Here, no drawings for the dedication, but a nice collage!
At the Philippe Ug stand, children turn the pages of animated books or pop-up books that unfold in 3D. Here, no drawings for the dedication, but a nice collage! (The Telegram/Fanny Ohier)

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