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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Jean-Jaques Sempe
Age Range: 9-11
Martin Pebble is the story of a little boy whose face keeps turning bright red for no particular reason. Whatever he does and wherever he goes Martin finds he is always blushing so he is happiest in the summer, when everyone else has a red face too.
When Martin meets Rodney Rackett, a little boy who sneezes for no particular reason, it is the start of a great friendship. But one day, Rodney moves away and Martin loses touch with him. He makes other friends, but never forms the same bond with any of them as he did with Roddy Rackett. The years pass and Martin grows up, but he never forgets his childhood friend. Then one day while on a crowded bus in the city they finally meet again.
Martin Pebble is by one of the world’s best-loved illustrators, French artist, Jean-Jacques Sempé, (illustrator of the ‘Nicholas’ stories) and it has been a French classic since 1969. A large format book, the story is told through pen-and-ink images, speech bubbles and short linking texts. Translated into English by Anthea Bell, this timeless, touching and funny story about enduring friendship and being different will be enjoyed by young readers (and those not so young), everywhere.