World Kid Lit Review: The Acrobat Family by Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud tr. Kevin St John

As perhaps you start to think about buying Christmas gifts for the children in your family, this is definitely one to put on their list. The blurb on the back describes this “a sensational show brought to you by the renowned pop-up artists Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud” and it really is a joy to behold.

The premise of the book is a family of acrobats who are putting on a show. The language here really conjures up the image of a circus tent. The Acrobat Family is going to build a human tower. As you turn each page, more pop-up family members join the tower until the cat, Ginger the Red climbs onto the very top. Disaster strikes and they all come toppling down. But they form the tower again, this time with Ginger at the bottom holding everyone up.

It is just such a glorious book. The bold colours on a dark blue background are really striking. On each page, you find family members popping their heads around the curtain, preparing to fly or swing onto the page. My six-year-old daughter, Emma, was absolutely delighted and insisted on taking this to school to show her teachers and her friends. I love seeing the joy on the faces of her and her friends as each page turns. Emma’s favourite bit: where they all come toppling down.

Highly recommended!

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