It’s visiting day, and Dad smells like peppermint—yuck! If only he would wear that nice, breezy cologne that smells like hazelnut... So begins one boy’s brief weekly visit with his father in prison. Here’s a man who gets angry, but beneath that peppermint surface is much to admire, if only you take the time to look. This richly imagined picture book explores the inner life of a boy who struggles to love a father who can be difficult to love at times. Though they may only have brief visits together, it’s clear they love each other. This story bravely explores the all-too-hidden world of incarcerated parents. It’s also a beautiful testament to the power of love to bridge the walls that divide us.
Emmanuel Bourdier writes for both future adults and grown-up children. In addition to writing books, he is also a teacher, has worked in amateur theater, and loves rock music. This is his first book for minedition.
ZAÜ is the pen name of André Langevin, born in 1943 in Rennes, France. He studied graphic art at the École Estienne in Paris. He works as a graphic artist and has illustrated numerous books that have brought him acclaim. His art takes its inspiration from his many travels.