Isabelle Gil, loan, fire, snails – Liberation

Youth authors’ release

The author tells in a little gem of a photo book the crazy race of gallinaceae.

Saturday, November 6, 2:15 p.m. The weather is wonderful, it rains.

Night will soon fall and a desire for couscous grips me.

I also admit having a great desire to say good things about my own books but, after reflection, I will tell you about a little gem: 10 Snails race Isabelle Gil.

According to the publishers, photo books for children are difficult to sell, you will find few in your bookstore.

The time is over Red balloon, To Crin-Blanc nor to Achouna the little Eskimo.

And yet here is a great success.

Isabelle Gil tells us in pictures, not the Old Testament or the life of Audrey Hepburn, but a snail race.

Is it a report? Staged ? I opt for the second hypothesis.

Ten snails are on the starting line of a stadium and almost all the competitors will be unable to finish the race… let’s not reveal more.

I can not help imagining the photographer lovingly bent over her subjects, attentive to each movement, each expression of the snails.

The result is funny, poetic and beautiful.

Obviously, the metaphorical dimension of the subject cannot escape the sensitive adults that we are.

It is also our condition that is at issue, 8,000,000,000 human beings are racing!

A few years ago the film Microcosmos scandalous because none of the insects filmed had been paid. Here the moral is safe since the snails photographed are in plasticine.


PS: this book is also for children.

This article is taken from the Libé special author · es jeunesse. For the third year, Liberation is putting on the colors and texts of youth for the Montreuil Book Fair which opens its doors on December 1st. Find all the articles here.

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