Some friends of mine released a children’s book called The Villain: The Noble Adventures of Georges & Jean-Luc. I haven’t had a chance to look at it personally, but here is a review you can check out:
By Katherine Thompson
Illustrated by Gary R Thompson
Georges and Jean-Luc are all boy. They live in a world enriched by their imaginations, imaginations formed by the grand old tales that have enchanted children forever. No small world theirs, they look out over the plains and see distant countries to be explored and conquered. Valiant hearted boys, they nevertheless fear one citizen of their little town: the baker. They never go to the baker without their mothers because the villain is terrifying. In the end, a combination of personal courage, respect for authority, and sheer desire for a cookie helps them overcome their fear.
Unlike many contemporary read-aloud books for children, this one feeds their hearts and minds with rich fare. The illustrations are a feast for the eyes and help convey the story. Close scrutiny of the pictures is rewarded in many ways but children are especially delighted to find the tiny blue observer hiding in each one. They invite readers into the story, show what the characters are thinking and why. The illustrations are not simplified, childish drawings colored with stark colors as if children cannot appreciate the beauty and complexity of art.