The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
Mr Leon's Paris
Publisher: Phoenix Yard Books
Paris is beautifully rendered in moody beige, blue and orange in this retro-styled tale of French taxi driver Mr Leon and his multifarious taxi journeys around the city.
His eccentric array of passengers - Jeanette the hairdresser going to Scissor Row, a mummy going to Pyramid Street via Cairo Place or even the Devil himself motoring over to Hell's Passage - characterise the idiosyncratic city, presented here in loving and stylish detail. Look out for the beautiful end papers, which include a hand-drawn map of Paris's streets: children will enjoy spotting the various locations mentioned in the story.
Translated into English by award-winning translator Sarah Aridzzone, this is a sophisticated and stylish picture book to be savoured again and again.