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Pomelo Begins to Grow

 
 
Author
Ramona Badescu. Benjamin Chaud, illus. Claudia Bedrick, trans.
Publisher Enchanted Lion  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 12.5 x 9.3 x 0.5 inches
ISBN 9781592701117
Pages/Publication Date 42/2011
Daedalus Item Code 53974
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(A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2011) A delightful tale originally published in France, this book visits Ramona Badescu's little pink hero Pomelo the garden elephant as he discovers that his favorite dandelion is getting smaller. Or maybe Pomelo is getting bigger? In a non-linear, childlike way, this growing adventure reflects many of the concerns prereaders have as they become more aware of the world around them, and Pomelo himself is simply irresistible in Benjamin Chaud's cartoon illustrations.

"I loved Pomelo Begins to Grow. Funny, smart and idiosyncratic, graceful and intuitive in a way that feels as much dreamed as written, Ramona Badescu's tale (translated from the French) is less a story per se than a series of musings, a kind of ad hoc therapy session for those conflicted about getting older, which, in contemporary America, where middle-aged men dress like skate punks and 20-something women covet face-lifts, means pretty much everyone. Badescu's title character is a little garden elephant (distant relative to a lawn flamingo, I learned from an online garden-supply catalog), who notices one morning that 'his favorite dandelion' seems unusually small. So too some strawberries, a pebble, a potato and an ant. Light bulb: Pomelo realizes it's he himself who's getting bigger."NYTBR

 
 
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