If Found…Please Return to Elise Gravel: In stores today!
I had a real moment last summer when I was editing the translation for If Found…Please Return to Elise Gravel, where I was sitting there asking myself, what's the best translation for this particular fart noise? Is it pffffft, fromp, or toot? And is it okay to leave a cat named Jambon untranslated because it's so cute? Or might Hambone be a more appropriate name for the English edition? And, fine people, it was at that moment that I knew I was truly making a difference in people's lives, and yes, Mother, I did make the right choice when I dropped out of that math degree.
This is Elise Gravel's first book with Drawn & Quarterly, and we could not be more excited to welcome her to the family. Her quirky sense of humour and unrelenting silliness make this book so charming I'm bursting with joy just thinking about it.
In If Found, Elise unapologetically opens up her sketchbook to young readers, inviting them to pick up a notebook of their own, and giving them permission to fail. The point is just to draw—anything and everything—regardless of the outcome and turn off that little voice in your head telling you you're no good. For fans of Lynda Barry, this is the Picture This for your kids.
Brimming with colourful monsters, a whack of imaginary friends, and a slew of grumpy little critters, If Found is a reminder to adults to not take themselves too seriously, and a message to kids that they can grow up without having to really grow up. Toot! Fromp!
For Montreal folk, Elise will be at Librairie D+Q on Saturday at 10am (211 Bernard Ouest) leading a sketchbook making workshop for kids. For everyone else, the book is in stores now! Go! Run! Slither! Skip! Whatever! Express yourself!