Pages : 44
Format : 24 × 32 cm
Price : 19,50€
Age : 7/10 years
The war of the frogs and the mice or Batrachomyomachia is attributed to Homer. The author has adapted this story about one day, which denounces the absurdity of war.
Extract : A frog, looking sly, swam to the riverbank. It spit on the ground, then croaked :
-This is the kingdom of the frogs. Me, Joufelu, son of Paludeux and Hydroméduse, I am the king.
The mouse looked at the frog, sizing him up :
-I’m not just any mouse, my name is Grippemiette, son of Croquepain, king of all rodents, and of the noble lady Lèchemeule in the white coat.
Following a misunderstanding, the kingdom of mice will declare war against that of the frogs. Despite the intervention of Placidus Dumarais, the wisest and most respected frog, songs of war, hate and violence get the upper hand. At the end of the day, the frogs declare themselves victorious and so do the mice. This useless war has brought only death and desolation.
The illustrator has used the principal of the tunnel book. Through a game of cut-outs, from the first page, elements of the last page appear. Leafing through the book, the decor sets itself up by means of different cut-outs.
Direct tones bring light to the colours.