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Babar and Zephir (Babar #5)

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Follow the adventures of Babar the elephant and Zephir the monkey.
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 24th 2002 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1936)
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Apr 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime-books
This book's been out of print for awhile, which strikes me as strange. Anyhow, out of the classic Babar books by Jean de Brunhoff, this one is probably the "least" among them. It's a great read, and the artwork is delightful as all hell, but I did feel a little tricked by the title. The book's called "Babar and Zephir," but Babar's only shown on the first page, and even then, it's his back! The book's all about Zephir and a crazy adventure he goes on, so it really should have just been called "Z ...more
Feb 15, 2008 rated it did not like it
I didn't like it very much. I thought it was about fishing but it wasn't.
Rich F
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
I'm a bit of a Babar fan, so I was surprised to find out about this book from Jean de Brunhoff that I had never heard of. I triple-checked to see if it was, in fact, part of the original series and it is. The story itself felt like a Babar book in the manner of storytelling but really it's a kind of spin-off to Zephir's homeland that is similar to Babar's kingdom of elephants. That being said, after having finished the book I could see why it isn't common on bookshelves: The mermaids are topless ...more
Oct 24, 2008 rated it liked it
Now a book in the Babar series which I do not remember from my childhood Best in Children's Books. I can see why: mermaids. Mermaids who, in the French fashion, do not trouble to wear bikini tops. They're not the least bit sexed up, but no children's editor in America in the 1950s would have dared present them. The narrative in any case mostly wanders away from Babar and the elephants and travels instead with the Old Lady's monkey Zephir to the dwellings of the monkeys, who though quite as civil ...more
Mar 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mcpl
Yet another delightful Babar book by Jean de Brunhoff. Babar and the elephants only appear in a tiny illustration on the first page; the rest of the book is taken up by the somewhat fantastical adventures of Zephir, their little monkey friend.

I'm unsure whether I read this one as a child; the story doesn't seem familiar, but a few of the illustrations strike a chord with me.
Apr 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a surprising fantasy of monkeys and mermaids. It doesn't have much to do with Babar. The President of the land of the monkeys is a general who wears a Napoleonic hat. So the book is a souvenir of imperialism. Once the monsters come in, including some sort of naked Moses or caveman, it's hard to be upset.
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Oct 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The Babar books by JEAN De Brunhoff are incredibly imaginative, beautiful works of art. This one in particular, starring Polomoche, Zephir the Monkey, Aunt Crustadele and others, is one of the best. "He who smells of rotting apples..."
I loved this one. I really enjoyed the adventures of Zephir, who by the way had the most awesome name EVER.
Mar 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites in this series.
Apr 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Too difficult, I will not be reading this to my kids any time soon. Kind of a magical realism vibe.
Aug 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
My least favorite of the Babar books, but it does have fantastic illustrations just like the others.
Jul 15, 2007 rated it it was ok
We'll try again in the future.
Sep 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
I am finding that I am not a fan of the Babar books...they seem disjointed.
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Jean de Brunhoff was a French writer and illustrator known for co-creating Babar, which first appeared in 1931. The stories were originally told to their second son, Mathieu, when he was sick, by his wife Cecile de Brunhoff. After its first appearance, six more titles followed. He was the fourth and last child of Maurice de Brunhoff, a successful publisher, and his wife Marguerite. He attended Pro ...more
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