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3.14  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  12 reviews
From Hans Christian Anderson award-winning author Philippe Fix, a dazzling portrait of a dreamy optimist filling Paris with ingenious gadgets, toys, and magical contraptions.

Seraphin, dreaming of gardens full of birdsongs, sunny avenues, and flowers, works as a ticket seller in a metro station underground. One day, after being scolded by the stationmaster for trying to sav
Hardcover, 28 pages
Expected publication: July 9th 2019 by Elsewhere Editions
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Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
2,5/5. Can't say I really enjoy this one. Even if the story was kind of original and I like the weird crazy imaginative inventor old man, I just find the story a bit slow. It's the kind of book that my mind has trouble to fit in the targeted reader. Because the look and the storyline look very childish, almost picture book age, but at the same them the length and the amount of text make it closer to, well not middle-grade, but older then picture book... Anyway the pace is also very slow and I th ...more
La Coccinelle
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, children, netgalley
This is a brand-new English translation of a 1967 French picture book that maybe should've stayed untranslated. What starts out looking like a charming story about a funny little man rather abruptly devolves into a head-scratcher with a deux ex machina ending.

We're introduced to Seraphin, an old man who--for some reason--has never decided what he wants to be when he grows up. He has a short career as a ticket puncher before fate intervenes and somebody leaves him a ramshackle house in their will
Seema Rao
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Detailed, imaginative French 1967 book in translation. I read many historical children's books, so the higher reading level of the text didn't bother me. But, it is different than the text of contemporary children's books (more words, written for all ages). The story of the inventor is told with text, yes, but also amazing illustrations. Each page deserves loving scrutiny. And, the hero's final creation is stupendous. Wonderful, wonderful book. Particularly good for that younger tinkerer or make ...more
Teresa Grabs
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Seraphin is a cute, quirky, philosophical tale about Seraphin and his friend Plume. Seraphin was happy just being his own self but that soon ran afoul of his boss, his landlord, and others in the community. Rather than changing who they are, Seraphin and Plume decided to change the town and built a staircase that would lead them away to new adventures. While the book is long by today's standards, it was originally published in French in the 1960s and expects adults to read to younger children. I ...more
Pop Bop
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The Cover Is the Best Part; The Rest is Unsatisfyingly Random

This is a new, and newly released, translation of a picture book originally published in French in 1967. It's whimsical and it occasionally hits a charming note, but, being text heavy, brief, and random in terms of narrative and tone, it never seems to take off.

The cover is gorgeous and there are a number of engaging splash pages, but the colorful and often cleverly composed art mostly just serves to emphasize the absence of a compelli
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I loved the illustrations for this children's book, bright colors and lots to look at! I liked the story in the beginning but it seemed to get weirder and weirder, with animated story characters, then the eviction proceedings, animated dragons, and lastly that stairway to nowhere, then the story just ended. It was a really strange ending!
Jan 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
No. This is one of those books where you have to struggle to ignore the friendship an old man has for a random young boy who should be told better, for a start. Beyond that it's just too higgledy-piggledy and lacking in internal logic. The old man is a ticket puncher on the underground train network, then he's not, then they're building a house together (oo-er) then some magic happens then it stops, then the old man builds a mahoosive musical instrument which pleases them then it doesn't then th ...more
Charlotte Jones
*Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was immediately drawn to this picture book by the artwork and the fact that it's translated from French which I usually enjoy. However this was a disappointment for me.

The artwork, though fine, wasn't as appealing inside the book and I feel that this is mostly due to the story. The first half was boring and the second plain nonsensical, and not in a quirky way. The whole thing was confusing and didn't ke
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Seraphin is a book about a very inventive man that gets a job that doesn't utilize his best skills. He does manage to use his creative talents to their fullest as the story unfolds. Phillipe Fix is a superb illustrator, and his drawings are fantastic. They are colorful and detailed and very whimsical. The story itself, however is somewhat disjointed and difficult to follow. I'm not sure what age group could follow this story, as I was having difficulty following it, myself. But, if you have an a ...more
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader
I think it was a cute little book, fanciful, and with sweet illustrations for children. Fanciful though is the word that sticks with me the most when I read this and I'll be reading it to my daughter.

I received this on Edelweiss from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Lucy Dixon
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Hans Christian Anderson tale with a smudge of Maurice Sendak, the illustrations are the highlite if this strange little book; particularly the full page art.
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Stephen Archer
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Seraphin is a beautiful book written and illustrated by Philippe Fix. The original book was written in French and this edition is translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith. I loved the illustrations. Philippe Fix captures the audience with the whimsicalness of his drawings. However, the storyline was lacking and difficult to follow. I'm not sure how much for this is because of the English translation. It was just choppy and the ending seemed not to make sense and left me with more questions than answ ...more
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