Under the sea
Published by Actes Sud Junior, Cachés dans la mer, Peggy Nille’s new “hide-and-seek” book, invites children to ponder over what goes on beneath the sea and stimulates their imagination. Interview.
What gave you the idea for Cachés dans la Mer?
“Hide-and-seek” books allow me enormous creative freedom. Each double page is independent, even if the theme is the same. I wanted to plunge into a wordless story again in which I could do what I liked on each page, the only constraint being to hide my little animals.
Is it hard to work on a wordless picture book? Why do you think the first book in the series Cachés dans la Jungle was so popular?
Not at all. The sea is home to such a variety of species, plants and fish (I also invented a few others). It’s a wonderfully rich universe. Whenever I do a book as an authorillustrator, I always think about interaction with the readers. I like the idea of children being hands-on: in a book where they lift up flaps, search for things or count. True, it’s hard to compete with the lure of screens, but I take the playful aspect into account. Children love looking for things. I let my imagination roam as freely as possible.