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Clara (Clara, #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Il est des drames qu'un enfant ne devrait jamais avoir à endurer, mais la vie se révèle parfois impitoyable. Clara n'a que sept ans lorsque sa maman succombe à la maladie. D'elle, il ne reste à la petite fille qu'une poupée, que Clara n'aime pas spécialement. Mais, de larmes en mauvais rêves, cette dernière va se révéler une alliée précieuse, un guide capable de l'accompag ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published May 24th 2012 by Le Lombard
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[Shai] Bibliophage
Clara is a heart-rending story about a little girl who lost her mother because of illness. Before her mother passed away, she gave her daughter, Clara, the doll she used to own when she was still a kid. Death is not an easy topic to discuss with children like Clara, but because of her dad and grandma's patience to explain to her what happened, she was able to understand about her mother's death.
Kids in Clara's age has a vivid imagination, so maybe it is her wild imagination that
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, ircb-2019
The story of the death of a parent told through the eyes of a small child. Clara is beautifully and heart-wrenchingly illustrated. Seeing the story through Clara's eyes as she begins to understand what has happened will leave you in tears. It's a short read that could be given to a child experiencing the loss of a loved one.

Wayne McCoy
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Clara' by Christophe Lemoine with art by Cécile is the story of a little girl and her mother and a doll. It's sad and moving.

Clara loves her mother and their routine. She is picked up from school, she gets candy and she and her mother play games. One day, that changes when Clara is forgotten. It's her birthday and her parents forget. They especially forget the special gift she was hoping for. They are preoccupied with some news about Clara's mother. Clara's mother gives her a doll she had when
Tom Brennan
Clara is a short but powerful story, like the eponymous main character. The pastel/watercolors provide a warm backdrop, and the drawings are incredibly detailed. If the blurb here on goodreads interests you, I would suggest reading the book.
Sometimes death is just sad.

This is a tear jerker of a story about a little girl that loves her mother, and then, one day, she gets sick, and dies in the hospital. It is told from the little girl's point of view, and she is confused as to why her mother would leave her like that.

And I know we have read this story a million times, but this was so well done, even when I figured out what was going to happen, I still cried over it. Nothing lost in the translation here.

Cute, sad, magical story of a l
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very short, but powerful graphic novel about a young girl coming to terms with a death of a family member.

Beautiful, touching and heartbreaking are a few words that come to mind when thinking of this story.

This was hard to read. I was crying at the halfway point and really sobbing at the end. I could put myself in the little girl's shoes. Death is a thing I never can quite wrap my head around and it really terrified me as a kid and even as an adult.

I loved the art style. I loved that the litt
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a very sad story of a little girl who loose her mother. The illustrations have a classical look, nothing extraordinary, but they look fine. But, it's really is the story, which is very sensitive and profound for a kid comic book, and I think this could be very helpful to talk about the death of a relative with young, and not so young, children. Very well done!! ...more
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'Clara' by Cecile and Lemoine is a surprising beautiful discovery for me. It is a comic / graphic novel.

Clara's favourite time of the day is when her mother comes to her schoo in the evening to take her back home. They walk the streets, feed the ducks in the park, play in the swing, go to the bakery and try some treats, go home and play the guitar and take a bath together. This is a time Clara looks forward to everyday. One day her mother doesn't come on time. Clara stays for sometime at the da
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The illustration of this book is just beautiful. The story starts off with a normal little girl Clara and her daily life but things change when her mom gets sick. It takes you a little bit to figure out what's happening since it's told from Clara's point of view but it's pretty sad. I think it was well done, not over the top or cheesy at all. ...more
Sooraya Evans
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh my God. This was so sad :(
A beautiful and touching story about a young child accepting loss.
Originally in French, I was fortunate enough to find an English translation.
The water color painting style isn't something you often find in graphic novels these days.
Rogene Carter
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
A beautifully illustrated and written allegorical tale concerning the process of grief and acceptance. Any fan of "The Little Prince" would be hard pressed not to be emotionally impacted by this simple, yet powerful, tale. ...more
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. On the one hand, it has pretty illustrations and the story has some merit to it, but at the same time it feels too primitive.

Ok, the illustrations are pretty, but the main character, Clara, has a weirdly shaped head and she's the only character with such a head, including other kids. A strangely distracting artistic choice.

Now the story is about a 7-year-old girl, who is a bit annoying (no, not all 7 year olds are like that) and who has to come to terms w
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A real masterpiece, reminding in thematology "I Kill Giants", but in a bright and colorful, like a child's book manner. ...more
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Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clara is a gorgeous young girl in a gorgeous pastel world - until, that is, it proves otherwise. The first clue she has is that her parents seem to totally forget her birthday, and she dislikes the stopgap present of a hand-me-down doll. But her response to that is not the only thing that will change in this soul-searing narrative.

In portraying the death of a parent and the grief that follows so well, this creative team have made one of the more easily memorable graphic novels I've seen in years
*thank you to Netgalley and Europe Comics for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

4.5 stars.

Books can make me very sad. They can be so well written that I can get quite emotional. This book though pushed me to my very limit and I very nearly broke down sobbing. It is beautifully written and the illustrations are so wonderful. Death and grief are probably the hardest things we have to experience in our lives. With this book we are able to go through the story, through the eyes of
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, kids-lit, netgalley
This little book is a heartbreaking story told in kids language about how to deal with grief. The illustrations are beautiful and simple, makes for a calm soft read.

Heartbreaking.. A bit strange that the little girl got the whole truth and explanations about her mother's death more from the doll than her dad.

Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this arc.
tif flynn
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as an ARC from #NetGalley and what a beautiful book it is. The illustrations are clean, simple and gorgeous and the story line touches on issues that effect us all, children and adults alike. This would be a wonderful book to broach the subjects of loss, grief and death with children. It offers no spiritual explanation making it accessible by people of any or no faith. A truly lovely book about a very difficult subject.
Krishnakumar Mohanasundaram
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such a short heart warming story

Losing a person is hard and when children are put into that position it's terrible to even think how their mind would process it

This book tries to venture into it and see from the eyes of Clara when she loses her mother.
Ramesh Ramalingam
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is the story of a little girl. I am not going to talk about the story here but the impact it made on me. It sees the world and the event through the little eyes of a girl. It really moved me. In a way, it made me think how mature the children are when comparing to the grownups.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet book told from the point of view of a child who loses her mother to cancer. Lovely drawings and told in a style that would be quite easy for any child going through this to understand.
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's a heart-wrenching stiory about a little girl whose mother is terribly ill and how her mother's doll helps her to overcome the grief and understand what it's happening ...more
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a copy via NetGalley.

This is a very pretty graphic novel with a great message. The illustrations are lovely and do a good job of depicting the world from the pespective of a little girl. While we get glimpses into her family members' lives and how they are dealing with tragic loss, it is really told and seen through her lens.

What's great about this book: It treats a fairy weighty subject matter but does so in a way that, while not pulling punches, is sensitive to the idea that the st
Abi Robins
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for providing this book in return for an unbiased review. This was a sad, sweet little book which I can imagine being really useful for parents in a difficult and sad time. I liked the art style and would be interested in seeing more from this duo.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, january-2018
This sounded as though it would be quite touching, but actually, Clara has relatively little by way of plot that was not outlined in the book's blurb. The dialogue was a little too matter-of-fact for my taste, there is not enough depth to it, and I did not much care for the illustration style either. ...more
Abi Robins
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clara, written by Chrisophe Lemoine (originally written in French) and illustrated by Cécile, is a graphic novel intended to educate children about what happens when a loved one becomes ill and passes away. I was provided with this book in an eBook format from NetGalley in return for an unbiased review. This graphic novel was a sad, sweet little book which I can imagine being helpful for parents or guardians in a difficult and sad time to attempt to explain the situation to those who are younger ...more
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a nice little story about a girl whose mother becomes terminally ill.
Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
Hannah Harvey
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a beautiful and emotional graphic novel. It's a wonderful read for many different age groups. Touching and told with sensitivity. It deals with the topic of grief in a creative and delicate way. I really enjoyed it. ...more
Scott Bartlett
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s amazing how much this book manages to do in such a short span. It was a very moving story dealing with loss. When Clara loses her mother, it is difficult for her to process it and understand. She must come to terms with what has happened.

While I enjoyed the story, it was definitely oversimplified. It might help a young reader deal with loss, but older readers would probably find it a bit too convenient.
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