Book Reviews: Babar’s Guide to Paris by Laurent de Brunhoff
Who better to guide tourists around the City of Light than its most knowledgeable pachyderm? A work of art in its own right, the latest instalment in Babar’s adventures sees the friendly elephant share his insights on the capital with his Paris-bound daughter Isabelle.
As eye-catching as it is nifty, Babar’s Guide to Paris checks all the unmissable sights – inviting readers to dawdle along the banks, browse bouquinistes’ heaving riverside stalls, while away the hours at the Louvre and even brave the throng of the metro – through the charmingly wistful watercolours which have captured the imaginations of generations.
Illustrator Laurent de Brunhoff vowed to take up the Babar mantle at the age of 21, after the death of his father and creator of the friendly elephant, Jean. Now 92, he continues to hold up his end of the bargain with this playful and wondrous love letter to the French capital.
From France Today magazine
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