Jerome By Heart
This story follows a little boy named Raphael, whose daily rhythm is steeped in his immense affection for his friend Jerome. The two boys share jokes and snacks and plan future adventures to the Himalayas. Even when Raphael’s constant talk of Jerome is driving his parents crazy, he remains steadfast: “Raphael loves Jerome. I can say it. It’s easy.” And the truth is, when he’s with Jerome, Raphael feels happy, liked, and understood―even special. Thomas Scotto’s simple, strong, and insightful prose and Olivier Tallec’s delightful, expressive illustrations give much emotion and immediacy to the story.
Thomas Scotto, born in 1974, is a celebrated voice in the French youth literature scene. He began writing upon the birth of his first daughter, and since then has authored more than fifty books for children and young adults. Jerome By Heart is his first picture book to be translated into English.
Olivier Tallec’s work has been called “sensitive”, “stunning”, “breathtaking”, and “beautiful.” Tallec was born in Brittany, France, in 1970. After graduating from the École Supérieure D’arts Graphiques in Paris, he worked in advertising as a graphic designer, after which he devoted himself to illustration. Since then he has illustrated more than sixty books, of which over a dozen have been published by Enchanted Lion.
A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2018
"Some children will see simply two very good friends, while others will see validation of feelings they may not know how to express, particularly if their parents are as hostile as Raphael's. Raphael gives them the language they need: ‘I say―yes. Raphael loves Jerome. I say it. It's easy.’ Subtle, joyous, affirming." ―STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews
"Against the smallness of his parents’ perception, Raphael takes solace in the largeness that fills his own heart. […] a crowning addition to the best LGBT children’s books." ―Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
”…this picture book is childhood captured on the page." ―Tasha Saecker, Waking Brain Cells
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