The Story of Mademoiselle Oiseau
|Author: Andrea de La Barre de Nanteuil and Lovisa Burfitt|
|Publisher: Little Gestalten|
|Size: 19.5 × 27 cm|
|Weight: 0.8 kg|
|Publication date: February 2015|
On the top floor of a lovely old Parisian apartment building in the Avenue des Temps Perdus lives the slightly odd Mademoiselle Oiseau. No one knows exactly how old she is. In fact, since she never leaves her house, nobody really knows her at all. Sometimes, though, one can catch a glimpse of this elegant lady with her unkempt curls and endlessly long pearl necklaces when she’s out on her terrace amid her countless cats and birds. Isabella is a 9-year-old girl who lives in the apartment under Mademoiselle Oiseau’s. She is so unremarkable that she’s practically invisible. One day, when Isabella comes home from school and gets in the elevator, she accidentally presses the number for the sixth floor rather than the fifth. She doesn’t even realize her mistake until she sticks her key into the lock and Mademoiselle Oiseau opens the door. When Isabella and Mademoiselle Oiseau meet, a wonderful friendship begins. They spend their days together exploring Mademoiselle Oiseau’s roof garden, as well as her apartment full of mysteriously changing rooms, or—to the amazement of everyone—making it snow on a spring day. Soon, Isabella has become a much braver, more confident girl. Andrea de La Barre de Nanteuil lives in Paris, where she works as a public relations manager for a large fashion house. Her passion is writing—ideally while enjoying the view of the city’s rooftops from her kitchen window. Boken om Mademoiselle Oiseau, her children’s book debut, was inspired by the Paris of the 1920s and 1930s as well as long walks by the River Seine. Lovisa Burfitt lives in Aix-en-Provence, France, and is one of Scandinavia’s most successful illustrators. Her style is reminiscent of fashion sketches with a quick line that is impressionistic and poetic. She is best known for her work for H&M as well as for magazines and newspapers including Vogue, Elle, Glamour, and the Sunday Times.