ZEBRABOOK against the grain tales

With her pub­lish­ing house ZebraBook, Marie Thibaut de Maisières re­vis­its chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture and com­bats stereo­types us­ing good-na­tured hu­mour. Meet a one-of-a-kind pub­lisher.

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women foot­ball cham­pi­ons,boys who cry and women lorry driv­ers. Many fam­i­lies wrote to us say­ing that our previous book was very pretty but showed a fam­ily that was un­rep­re­sen­ta­tive of theirs (at the be­gin­ning of the book we meet a mother and a fa­ther at the ma­ter­nity hos­pi­tal), since they were sin­gle par­ents or a same-sex cou­ple.We promised to pub­lish a more flex­i­ble story, so that their chil­dren would not feel ex­cluded from the main­stream model. In this new book, read­ers may per­son­al­ize the parental fig­ure in the story: dad, mum, Robert, god­fa­ther, granny...There’s an­other ref­er­ence, too: a pair of lit­tle moles with a rain­bow flag. So, yes, we are mil­i­tant at ZebraBook, but fun-lov­ing mil­i­tants; life is too short to take one­self se­ri­ously.

What’s the story of this lat­est book?

— In your child will em­bark on a tour of our beau­ti­ful con­ti­nent in search of the al­pha­bet. To bring home its 26 let­ters, he or she will have to fry chips in Bel­gium, wind up cuckoo clocks in Switzer­land, and have tea very po­litely with the queen of Eng­land.

Why did you choose a rac­coon for the hero?

— Be­cause it’s a clever an­i­mal, a builder and and an ecol­o­gist, which works well for ei­ther boys or girls.While the lit­tle girl has a bit longer eye­lashes, they both dress in the same way: there’s no blue for him or pink for her!

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