Un­der the sea

Milk Magazine (English) - - GOOD READ - BY PEGGY NILLE

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.

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