If Poets Weren’t Such Fools

Si les poètes étaient moins bêtes, by Boris Vian and illustrated by Serge Bloch

Boris Vian liked to provoke! To mark the centenary of his birth, here he lays down the gauntlet to poets, laughing at himself at the same time. A wonderful lesson in intellectual courage and imagination. The poet tells his fellow poets: ‘Stop writing about your petty woes and create a truly wonderful world for us at last’. Vian and Bloch invent nasal flutes, featherigar, rare curuleyes and needlefish for us. So many inventive plays on words imbued with the two creators’ sense of fun and capturing the spirit of childhood itself. Young readers can in turn invent many more wacky scenes to say ‘Happy Birthday, Boris!’

Hardcover picture book, 40 pages, 21 x 28 cm