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Jordi Lafebre (Art)
Published March 21st 2018 by Europe Comics
(first published 2010)
Edition Language: English
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Age rating 17+
Its said that an old african proverb says that 'It takes a village to raise a child', however in some place in France in 1932 an old neighborhood get together to open their heart to a grieving young mother and her father. And to a very special baby.
When Camille, described as simple-minded and only daughter of a widower train conductor, has a stillborn baby, the comments are diverse; but when she 2 months later run calling a miracle that little Lydie came back from Heaven , is a sorpresive for Papa ChooChoo that all the neighbors play along.
“After all, why bring somebody pain when it's so easy to bring joy instead?”
We are introduced then to the special community of the "Mustachioed Baby Court". It's delighful to read and enjoy the drawings. The quirks of just people - the good people, the mean kids, the earnest doctor, the playful girls, gossiping olders - , about family, friendship, compassion and solidarity.
And best of all, it keep us wondering . . . it is really imaginary?, a spirit?, why is that happening? is all the make-believe starting something? Because why the children draw almost exactly the same Lydie?