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After losing his child, a man decides to leave everything behind and take a trip around the world. During his journey, Mr. Man meets a child who is a victim of war. The child has lost everything and is alone in the world. A friendship develops between Mr. Man and the child. Feeling less lonely, they set off together.
Gilles Tibo tackles the serious subject of the death of a loved one and the suffering it causes. This is a simple story that is expressed in just two or three sentences per double page. The Grand Journey of Mr. Man tells a sad tale, but it also delivers a message of love and hope.
The impressionist illustrations are subdued. The warm colours reflect the emotions -- pain, solitude, friendship -- of the characters and ambiance of the story, while still allowing for imagination. The illustrations are punctuated with detail: in the middle of an empty trail, we see objects left behind by spectators, an umbrella, a glass, glasses, etc. The images, which will captivate young readers, add to the text while conveying their own message.