Everybody Bonjours!

Leslie Kimmelman, Author, Sarah McMenemy, Illustrator , illus. by Sarah McMenemy. Knopf $16.99 (0p) ISBN 978-0-375-84443-0

Kids may well demand to be taken to the nearest passport office after finishing this light-as-a-soufflé salute to the City of Lights. On vacation with her parents (clearly well-heeled) and little brother, a girl embraces her role as tourist, savoring all the places where one can say “Bonjour”: On a barge trip down the Seine, at the top of the Tour Eiffel and Notre Dame, in a chic boutique—or, as Kimmelman (Dance, Sing, Remember ) puts it in her economical text: “Doing chores./ Eating petits fours./ Everybody bonjours!” McMenemy's (Waggle ) mixed-media images, mostly full-page scenes of classic locations, are a stylish yet timeless mélange of fauvist whimsy and affectionate reportage; the days are sunny, the flowers are in brilliant bloom, and every Parisian is smiling. A bubbly, illustrated afterward offers a soupçon of additional information on each of the sites that appear in the pages. Fantastique! Ages 5-8. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 03/24/2008
Release date: 04/01/2008
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