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Cover of Le jour où Zoé zozota   Prix illustrations jeunesse du Salon du livre de Trois-Rivières 2006
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Le jour où Zoé zozota
Pierre Pratt
Illustrations: Pierre Pratt
Montréal: Les 400 coups,
2005. 56 p.
ISBN 2895401969
Ages 4 to 8

Twenty-six letters of the alphabet with 26 unusual stories populated by 26 likable characters: that is what Pierre Pratt gives us in his new alphabet primer called Le jour où Zoé zozota. This collection of those lost moments in life is an invitation to enter into an imaginary gallery of curious and somehow familiar characters. Letter after letter, with poetry and humour, the author explores the immense world of silence and solitude among ordinary people. His characters are suspended in time, each studying the moment with a remarkable degree of grace and vulnerability.

The full-page illustrations are magnificent in deep bright colours that play with shadow and light. They invite us to give life to the characters and to continue with them on their voyage. Pierre Pratt, a true artist whose way of looking at life transcends even the smallest moments of happiness, is gifted in his ability to capture both the melancholy of someone strolling idly in a deserted street and the ephemeral chalk drawings done by children on asphalt.


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