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The Bathing Costume: Or the Worst Vacation of My Life Hardcover – May 28, 2013

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From School Library Journal

Gr 1-3–Eight-year-old Myron is sent to spend a week in the country with his grandparents while his parents prepare for a move. This is his first vacation without his mother.  He is dreading the separation and is a little afraid of his Grandpa and his bigger, stronger cousins. To make matters worse, this is the summer he is expected to fulfill the family tradition of jumping off the 10-foot diving board. Myron is sure he's not ready, especially since he's using his older brother's swimsuit, which is too big and certain to come off when he jumps. His evolution from timid Mama's boy to a more confident and independent kid feels genuine. By the end of the week, Myron has gained the respect of his cousins, overcome his fear of his grandfather, jumped off the high dive, and, most importantly, forgotten about missing his mother. Though the text is somewhat lengthy, the translation is smooth and the narrative is broken down into daily vignettes that can be read as short chapters. Expressive illustrations have a sunny summer feel and are full of humor and appealing details. For children who have nervously anticipated their first independent trip, this book not only acknowledges the anxiety, but also gently and realistically demonstrates that being on your own can turn out to be fun.–Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


2014 Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book

“It’s funny. It’s touching without being cloying. Its tone is just right, and the characters nearly leap off the page in all their authenticity.” - Julie Danielson, Kirkus

“It’s a coming-of-age story with heart and truth and lots of humor. Don’t miss it.” - Julie Danielson, Kirkus

The Bathing Costume is enticing and humorous reading that youths will relish with a charming art style, recommended.” - Julie Danielson, Kirkus

“Moundlic gets the voice just right...Tallec is gorgeously sensitive to the passions of childhood.” - The New York Times Book Review

“Moundlic’s tale of bourgeoning self-confidence is on the lengthy side, but it resonates with emotional truth.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Tallec’s gentle watercolors capture Ronnie’s misery, the beauty of the French countryside, the energy of a summer with cousins and Ronnie’s bare-bottomed triumph.”- Kirkus Reviews

“Tallec’s softly rendered illustrations are always in tune with Myron’s moods...” - Publishers Weekly

“A pensive, sensitive book for pensive, sensitive children.” - Publishers Weekly

More About the Author

Born in 1970, Charlotte Moundlic is the Artistic Director of Père Castor, éditions Flammarion. Her first book for children was published in 2007. Since then, she has written over twenty-five books for children. She is the mother of two daughters and lives in Lilas, France.

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