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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)
Never, Not Ever!
by Beatrice Alemagna
Age Range: Under_5
It’s the first day of school and the animals are marching dutifully to bat school, except for five-year-old Pascaline the pink-winged bat who refuses to go. Her parents try to gently cajole her but she is having none of it. Pascaline knows her own mind and exactly what she doesn’t want. “Never, not ever!” she shrieks loudly. So loudly in fact, that something incredible happens that changes everything.
Here’s another brilliant creation, translated by Jill Davis, from award-winning author and illustrator Beatrice Alemagna. She has taken the everyday problem for parents of trying to persuade a reluctant child to go to school for the first time and turned it on its head with this hilarious story. The surprising twist and feisty protagonist Pascaline, who is very much in control, is delectable.
Alemagna’s expressive watercolour artwork from crying bat children on their way to school; to Pascaline’s tantrums or school dinners being served on giant red toadstools provides plenty of entertainment and some of Pascaline’s antics are sure to raise a few giggles too.
Other Alemagna reviewed on the website: My Friend (North-South, 2005); Bugs in a Blanket (Phaidon, 2009); Bugs in the Garden (Phaidon, 2011); The Bug Next Door (Phaidon, 2012); Bugs at Christmas (Phaidon, 2013); A Lion in Paris (Tate, 2014); Little Big Boubo (Tate, 2014); The Marvellous Fluffy Squishy Itty Bitty (Thames & Hudson, 2015); Five Misfits (Frances Lincoln, 2016); What is a Child (Tate, 2016); The Big Little Thing (Tate, 2019); Child of Glass (Enchanted Lion Books, 2019) and Forever (Thames & Hudson, 2020)