Children's Books



My grandmother is 101

Actes Sud Junior, 2008, illustrated by Christelle Enault

Two books in one. In the first, the author tells the story of her grandmother who, at 101 years old, experienced all the wondrous happenings of the twentieth century. Her granddaughter tells the experiences and emotions they both share: old photographs (reproduced in the book), anecdotes, idioms and invented expressions, perfume, etc. In the second part, Florence Noiville invites the reader to create her own "grandmother's album," in order to get to know her better and to keep a record of special moments spent together. A series of activities is proposed: "Find a photo of your grandmother when she was your age and one of yourself, and glue the two portraits side by side on the page." "With your grandmother, trace the outlines of your hands." "Ask your grandmother to tell you the kind of games she played when she was your age." "Find an expression or a phrase that only your grandmother uses..."

This wonderful album received an honorable mention at the RagazziAwards at the Bologna Book Festival in 2009.


Baby Jules who didn't want to be born

Gallimard Jeunesse, 2005, illustrated by Alice Charbin

Jules is a baby who likes being where he is--that is, in the womb. To coax him out, his entire family invents special tricks. His cousin Archibald extols the delights of ice cream; his sister Églantine tells him how to ride a bicycle without hands; his father Bathalzar promises to take him on fantastic voyages ... But still nothing happens--baby Jules won't budge. Will his mother find the right words to entice him to discover the outside world?


I'm looking for the key to paradise

Under the name Florence Hirsch, L'ecole des loisirs, 2002, illustrated by Philippe Dumas

"My friends always said to me : your house looks like a castle..." This house is the hero of our story. A magical house, full of treasures and mysteries, that protects the children who live in it. Until one day, strangers came to the house. There was talk of moving. The children had to leave. Their whole lives would change. But it wasn't necessarily sad, because the children kept with them one important thing, a precious secret that contained the keys to paradise and happiness."

"Through this wonderful touching book, Florence Noiville plays down, as much as possible, the trauma that accompanies any great move." (Le Monde, 25 October 2002)

This book is part of the list of books recommended by l'Education Nationale for primary school students, and is easily understandable for children age 8 and up.



Greek Mythology

Actes Sud Junior, 2000, illustrated by Christine Noiville

Who knew how to answer the riddle of the sphinx? How did Theseus beat the minotaur? Why did Oedipus lend his name to a complex and Tantalus to a method of torture? Join gods and demi-gods on the snowy peaks of Olympus, and share in their amorous adventures and their anger. Tremble with Hercules, be with Ulysses, told in a simple and modern style, Greek Mythology is a treasure trove of wonderful adventures. After twenty-five centuries, these stories remain alive in our culture and our language, because they still tell us so much about ourselves.


Greek Heroes

Actes Sud Junior, 2002, illustrated by Christine Noiville

How did the Greek hero Jason seize the Golden Fleece? Why was Narcissus changed into a flower? And by what means of cunning did Perseus triumph over the gorgon Medusa? Legends of Greek mythology and stories of these superhuman beings whose exploits have continued to inspire art and literature are here united in this volume. Told in a simple and modern style, these stories showcase their contemporary relevance and importance.

Noiville’s 3 books on myths have been translated into many languages. The Greek Mythology sold in France over 25 000 copies


Roman Mythology

Actes Sud Junior 2003, illustrated by Serge Caccarelli

For the Romans, gods were all around us, and life on earth was placed under the sign of several deities: the great Greek gods whom the Romans adopted as well as renamed, like Jupiter, Juno, Venus and Mars, and the lesser domestic gods, the lares and penates, who were charged to protect families and households.
From the founding of Rome by Romulus and Remus to the fall of the Roman Empire, Roman gods inspired great heroes as well as simple mortals, advised kings and emperors, and, through their stories of family and ambition, effectively wrote the destiny of Rome and its citizens.


Hidden stories of the holy saints

Actes Sud Junior, 2004, illustrated by Christine Noiville

Their names make up one of the tenets of our culture and our collective memory. From Saint Valentine's Day to Saint Sylvester's (New Year's) Day or Saint Nicholas's Day (Christmas), they punctuate our daily lives and you don't have to search forever to notice that there are saints everywhere! They lend their names to our churches and our museums, to our towns and to our streets, to our cheeses and to our pastries. In a vivid yet simple style, the author retells the stories of saints whom we thought we already knew (did you know why Saint Martin only gave up half of his cloak?) and of those who have been forgotten (ever heard of Saint Cassien or Saint Feneant?), and she invites us to discover the sites where these saints are honored, and the paintings and sculptures that depict them.


Little stories from inside the oven

Actes Sud Junior 2006, illustrated by Christine Noiville

How was the croissant invented? How did tournedos Rossini and the tarte Tatin find their way onto our tables? In traversing history by way of the kitchens of French Kings, famous restaurants, and homes across the country, and by tracking down the forerunners of our contemporary chefs, this book gathers the most passionate stories about the birth of the culinary arts, and reveals the secrets of how to make some of the most delicious recipes ever created. A must-have for lovers of French cuisine !



A passion for color

Interviews with Jacqueline Duheme - Gallimard Jeunesse 1998

Answering questions posed by Florence Noiville, a journalist at Le Monde, Jacqueline Duheme paints the story of her life, a fascinating history full of chance meetings, friendship, work and creativity, alongside the most prestigious artists of the 20th century: Matisse, Prevert, Cendrars, Eluard, Asturias, Doisneau, Deleuze, and Picasso...In this book one finds all the fantastic workings of Duheme's imagination: her first drawings, taken from her early childhood, and also her reportings (Duheme was a journalist for Elle magazine).


What good is medecine?

Interviews with Jean Bernard, of the Academie Française - Seuil Jeunesse 1993, illustrated by Serge Bloch

What does a doctor do? Will we, one day, live forever? Why is the AIDS virus so malignant? Is it true that someday we'll be able to genetically engineer a musician or a long-jump champion? Responding to these questions through his memories and personal stories, Professor Jean Bernard recounts to children the passionate and spectacular adventure that is medicine and the medical profession.

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