The focus of this book is reading habits. In France, reading is a popular pastime with children of primary age, but during their years in secondary school, many young people lose the reading habit. In this book, some French children say what they enjoy reading. Cartoons (les bandes dessinees, or BD for short) are something of a tradition in France and not just children but also a large number of adults enjoy graphic novels. The adventures of Asterix, the plucky little Gaul, are always best-sellers, as are the adventures of Tintin (whose creator was actually Belgian, not French). Japanese Manga books and comics are also a favourite genre. Pupils can easily and quickly read this short, attractive, highly-illustrated French book for a sense of enjoyment and achievement. The book can be used to introduce children to reading in French and help them to improve their reading skills. It strongly supports Intercultural Understanding by making a point of revealing, via the texts and the pictures, various cultural aspects of life in France or French-speaking countries. This book is one of six Brilliant French Information Books at Level 2.
Daniele Bourdais is French and has lived in the UK since 1982. She has been working as a writer, editor, proof-reader, native-speaker check and consultant since the mid-1980s. Sue Finnie has co-authored many projects with Daniele. She has many years of experience in the fields of education and publishing; particularly devising language learning resources.