une folle journée

I’ve just sat outside on this warm autumn evening and read La Folle Journée de Nasreddin Hodja, a picture-book  by Laurence Fugier, wonderfully illustrated by Véronique Joffre.

Some stories I didn’t know too! Here’s Nasreddin when he learns that small song birds are sold for three pieces of silver, selling his turkey – which after all is much bigger – for ten pieces of gold:


Here he is pouring hot water from the baths into the stream, because his donkey likes his herbs in tea form:


And here he is – this one’s familiar – “keeping an eye on the door” in case of burglars – by carrying it around with him:


Véronique Joffre’s simple collage-style illustrations in cool colours suit the spareness of the tales perfectly!


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