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Transcontinental Summer Reading

Barbapapa: La Robe

Barbapapa: La Robe

Recalling a favorite book from childhood is easy; trickier is remembering your younger self’s exact reaction to it. We canvassed young readers from across the globe to find out what they thought of their latest summer read. Review the rest of the series here.

Name: Louise
Age: Six
Location: Dijon, France
Reading selection: Barbapapa: La Robe, by Annette Tison and Talus Taylor

What was the book about?

This book is about Barbabelle, who wants a dress and who decides to make it herself.

What was your favorite part?

My favorite part is when she makes the dress with her family.

Why did you decide to read this book?

I loved the pictures on the front and I love the Barbapapa characters too.

What do you think happens after the end of the book?

I think she’s going to a show and then marry somebody.

If you could meet the authors, what would you want to ask them, and why?

I would ask, how do the Barbapapa characters always change shape? I just wanted to know, that’s why.

Did any bad things happen in the book? Why did they happen?

Barbabelle cried because the sewing machine didn’t work.

Which character in this book was most like you?

Barbabelle, because she likes to dress up.

Fill in the blanks:

I like books better than broccoli purée, but I like strawberries more than books.

If you were writing this book, how would you have ended it?

I wouldn’t make changes.

What do you think was the hardest part about writing this book for the author?

Probably ... nothing.


TMN Editor Bridget Fitzgerald lives, works, and generally makes merry in San Francisco. More by Bridget Fitzgerald