[Critique] “A Sunday in the Rain”, Madeleine Allard and Agathe Bray-Bourret

“Outside, a great thunderbolt came and rent the sky. The clouds were so dark that they completely blocked out the sun. So heavy it looked like they were about to fall on the house. Is there anything more boring than a rainy autumn Sunday? Not if we spend it in the company of Louise, Clovis, Marius, worried about the disappearance of their cat Grigri, and their mother, who knows so well how to brighten up the grayest days. As in his previous album, Madame J. and the transatlantic liners (illustrated by Émilie Leduc, Québec Amérique, 2022), Madeleine Allard treats, with A Sunday in the rain, lack, expectation and boredom within a family infusing the story with hope for better days and a taste for small pleasures. To sign the watercolor illustrations, a genre that fits perfectly to the story, Agathe Bray-Bourret (Anatole who never dried outby Stéphanie Boulay, Fonfon, 2018) contrasts the intrusive gray blue with the fiery red, orange and yellow and multiplies fun details from one painting to another.

A Sunday in the rain

★★★ 1/2

Text by Madeleine Allard, illustrated by Agathe Bray-Bourret, Quebec America, Montreal, 2022, 28 pages. Since 3 years.

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