THE SHADOW ELEPHANT
L'éléphant de l'ombre - Nadine Robert & Valerio Vidali - 29.5 x 24.5 cm - 40 pages - October 2019 - CAN$22.95
Some said the elephant was trying to hide his sadness. Some said that he just preferred the shadow. One after another, the animals tried to cheer him up, but without much success. The animals didn’t seem to realize that laughing and playing around wasn’t making the elephant feeling any better. All he needed was a comforting presence and someone to confide in.
Nadine Robert is a Canadian author and editor. She started her career designing video games before becoming a scriptwriter for animated films. She went on to set up the publishing houses Comme des géants and Le Lièvre de Mars. Illustrated books have always held a special place in her heart. She holds degrees in education and literature and has translated several children’s books. She lives in Montreal’s South Shore with her family.
Valerio Vidali is an illustrator and graphic designer hailing from Italy. He was named on the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books 2018 for The Forest (Echanted Lion Books) and illustrated Jemmy Button (Templar). His work has been featured at numerous exhibitions such as the International Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, ILUSTRARTE (Bienal Internacional de Ilustração para a Infância of Lisbon); the BIB (Biennal of illustration of Bratislava, Slovakia), and the CJ Picture Book Festival (Korea).
"L’éléphant de l’ombre [...] was selected for an exhibition of "100 exceptional albums" at the Frankfurt Book Fair - the largest event of its kind in the world."
– Marie Allard – La Presse