Love, volume 2: The Fox by Frédéric Brrémaud and Federico Bertolucci
Date read: 17 January 2016
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Hardback, 74+ pages
Published 2015 by Magnetic Press (first published in France in 2011 by Ankama Editions)
Source: Deschutes Public Library
Highly recommended for all ages. But in a bit of social responsibility I will quote the ratings sticker: “This book contains depictions of violence and survival within nature. It is intended for ALL AGES.” So perhaps if you don’t want to explain a pod of killer whales attacking a baby whale and its mother to your young child or grandchild then wait a couple years. They may well miss some of that anyway. They won’t miss the two bears fighting though. Or the ….
It says it was written by Brrémaud and illustrated by Bertolucci. I guess they mean storyboarded or such as there is no story in the strong sense and there are no words, except for an epigraph and epilogue. But it is full of amazingly gorgeous illustrations of assorted animals and their varied habitats. There is conflict, terror, natural disaster, violence and the turning away of violence. And there is love.
The illustrations pay dividends by spending time with them. Even so, it is can be a fairly quick read by oneself. With a child on one’s lap or by your side it could take hours. That would be a grand thing; but only if you are prepared to explain some of the natural world to your young charge.
There is also a Love: The Tiger as the first “in a series of wildlife books, each focusing on a day in the life of a different wild animal across different natural habitats. I think I’ll try to get my hands on that one also. Yep. Just placed a request from Deschutes Public Library. According to Goodreads there is a 3rd volume out, Love: The Lion, but it may only be in French for now.
Highly recommended. One of the most beautiful looking books I have read in a long.