- ISBN 9780714847146 / 0714847143
- Title Martin Pebble
- Author Jean-Jacques Sempe
- Category Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)
- Format Hardcover
- Year 2006
- Pages 120
- Publisher Phaidon Press
- Imprint Phaidon Press Ltd
- Language English
- Dimensions 258mm x 23mm x 276mm
US edition of Sempe's classic illustrated story for children
Another classic title from world-renowned cartoonist Jean-Jacques Sempe, this illustrated children's book tells the tale of Martin Pebble, a little boy who blushes a lot and is happiest in the summer, when everyone else has a red face too. He sets out to find a reason for his strange affliction, and finds a friend instead - a boy called Roddy Rackett, who keeps on sneezing, even when he doesn't have a cold. It's the beginning of a life-long friendship. This timeless, touching and very funny story is told through images, speech bubbles and short linking texts. Featuring the inimitable drawings and perfectly-judged words of Jean-Jacques Sempe, book will appeal to readers and Sempe connoisseurs of all ages.
'Children in picture books tend to fall into two types: the vulnerable and the invincible. Often, a story will be about the journey from misfit misery to happy conformity. But Martin Pebble by Jean-Jacques Sempe is no ordinary picture book. It is about a French oddball who stays odd. This 1969 classic...is a treat. It is a boosting tale not least of all because [his] eccentricities are never overcome.' (Observer)
Jean-Jacques Sempe is the author of Displays of Affection. His drawings have appeared in numerous books in France—with the sales of over 1 million copies. His work appears regularly on the cover of The New Yorker. Sempe is a jazz fanatic.