Waterloo and Trafalgar

Written by Olivier Tallec
Waterloo and Trafalgar
by Olivier Tallec
(Enchanted Lion, 2012)

In his first wordless picture book, Olivier Tallec shows the pointlessness of war through his smart, comic, emotionally astute illustrations. Tallec portrays two characters, separated only by narrow walls, who spy on each other through the seasons. Moving between day and night, long stretches at their binoculars, and mundane daily tasks, they fight their cold war, full of suspicion, never daring to bridge the gap between them. Then, one day, they discover that their differences don't make them enemies and that a whole other way of being in the world together is possible.

Reviews:

"The pointlessness of war, powerfully told despite having no words. [...] Tallec excels in expression; every movement, from scrunched-up anger to an exuberant grin, is meticulously planned, and these funny little soldiers show a wide range of emotion. [...] It is a truism that children represent the future--engaging stories about conflict resolution are necessary, and this one stands out. (Picture book. 5-10)" -- Kirkus Reviews

"Tallec's rich, confident lines and colors connect him to the great French tradition of the bande dessinee, and the book is produced on satisfyingly heavy paper with a judicious use of die cuts that divide the action to comic effect. With no words to crowd the imagination, kids will love inventing their own stories out of each page. And they'll delight or puzzle over the camaraderie these two enemies achieve by the end." -- Elizabeth Rubin, The New York Times Book Review

"It is hard to imagine a more charming antiwar polemic." -- Publishers Weekly

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