Le monsieur, la dame et quelque chose dans le ventre

(The man the lady and something in her tummy) Book not yet available in English


A man and a lady love each other very much. Their simple happiness is rewarded by the arrival of a baby. Preparations are well underway and the couple spends nine months planning a thousand future projects. But when the long-awaited baby arrives, their dreams come crashing down: it’s not a human baby, but a monkey. The man and the lady try to overcome their disappointment, hide behind big glasses and take their newborn monkey to the zoo. Funnily enough, in the monkey cage they see a baby. As they stand outside the cage, they seriously think about about swapping the two. But they soon discover that it’s important to be tolerant of differences and be happy with what they have got. [Source: Ricochet]


The author has written a daring book that takes a witty, even derisive approach to the serious topic of disability. The parents’ journey from love to disappointment might prove puzzling for some readers. Yet, at the very least, the book has the merit of sparking debate and raising questions. A well-thought-out book. [Source: Ricochet]

Edited by: University Library "Livres au Trésor" and the Research Centre "Pléiade" of the University of Paris 13 (France)

Author(s): Aakeson, Kim Fupz

Illustrator(s): Eriksson, Eva

Translator(s): Ahl, Nils

Series: Pastel

Publisher: L'école des loisirs

City: Paris

Year: 2003

Pages: 24

ISBN: 9782211071307

Age Range: 3 - 5

Language: FR

Original Language: DK

Keywords: Animals, Disabilities, Families, Parentality, Respect

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