Bonjour Camille

Felipe Cano, illus. by Laia Aguilar. Chronicle, $12.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4521-2407-0
The Spanish team of Cano and Aguilar introduces an exuberant girl named Camille in a small-format paper-over-board title first published in Spain. That version also featured a French “hello” in its title, and that dash of linguistic flair hints at both Camille’s cross-cultural charms and her innate sense of fashion—after awakening on a Sunday morning, Camille “puts on her battledress: a tutu and a top hat.” (The emphasis on attire makes sense: Aguilar cofounded a children’s fashion label, Bobo Choses.) Camille has a full day planned, and Cano catalogues her exploits, envisioned by Aguilar in bold, graphic scenes that have the impact of graffiti. Among Camille’s activities: “Hiding away all the umbrellas” (Aguilar shows a panel van with a repeating umbrella pattern on the side), “Choosing a new favorite color” (a blank yellow page appears opposite the text), and “Looking for something unexpected in a map” (top hat–wearing faces are drawn onto a vintage world map). Although Camille herself, drawn in hasty scribbles of black, is only seen a few times, her energy and personality are felt on every page. Ages 6–9. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/02/2014
Release date: 08/05/2014
Genre: Children's
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