Where the girls are


From Anne-Lise to Zoé, twenty-six little girls share their dreams and their imagination with the reader. Brave Mandy battles a carnivorous plant, sly Hedwige lies in wait for someone to fall into her book trap, and confused Cléo is in the wrong cinema. They are nothing like stereotypical little girls. [Source: publisher]


Twenty years on from Au théâtre des filles, which won the Grand Prix at Bologna in 1996, Nicolas Heidelbach is back with a new version updated for the twenty-first century, as relevant now as the first was then. Anne-Lise is a one-woman-band who hopes to soon hit the limelight. Nazgül irritates her gym teacher by eating an apple in class. Pépita lies in front of a mirror studying her own private parts. The German author’s imaginary realm is as fantastical, offbeat, and provocative as ever. His creative, surprising, courageous girls challenge female stereotypes. His heroines are not afraid of getting their hands dirty, fighting boys, or turning into monsters. Though they might not be to everyone’s taste, the twenty-six portraits are a faithful representation of the modern world. An A-Z that is half angel, half devil, offering an accurate reflection of each girl’s inner life. [Source: Emmanuelle Pelot, Ricochet]. There is also a companion volume, Que font les petits garçons aujourd’hui ?, with 26 male characters, from Arnaud to Zorro.

Edited by: Research Centre Anilij (Spain)

Author(s): Heidelbach, Nikolaus

Illustrator(s): Heidelbach, Nikolaus

Publisher: Annick

Year: 1994

Pages: 56

ISBN: 9781550379747

Age Range: 6 - 10

Language: EN

Original Language: DE

Keywords: Diversity, Female characters, Identity

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