Megalopolis And the Visitor from Outer Space

Cléa Dieudonné

Unlike any picture book you’ve read before—the adventures of a stranger in the town of Megalopolis, told in a distinctive, beautifully illustrated foldout design

For centuries, the wondrous imaginary city of Megalopolis has attracted visitors from all over the world. Then one day, a strange visitor arrives from another galaxy, and everything changes. He tours the zoo, meets the mayor at City Hall, enjoys a parade, and eventually meets a mermaid and falls in love. Readers will delight in a book which unfolds from thirty-eight pages into one giant page that is over ten feet long. Filled with scenes from the bustling town, featuring the many characters and animals that live there, the intricately detailed illustrations tempt young readers to invent their own stories, even as they follow the adventures of the friendly extraterrestrial.

With its engaging story and distinctive foldout design, Megalopolis is a book that kids will want to read again and again.


Kids are going to LOVE this fantastic picture book…delightfully complex

— San Francisco Book Review

An irreverent and matter-of-factly told story that's perhaps just as satisfying to mount on the wall, tapestry-style, as it is to 'read' in a traditional sense.

— Publishers Weekly

Don't even attempt to read this book in a chair. Set it on the floor and watch as the story reveals itself in a vertical fashion. The matte art is fabulous, with each detailed, colorful scene unfolding along with the text. Kids will want to pore over the pictures, which feature layers of staircases and bridges, winding roads and rivers, and city streets and ocean depths… The story and the art are guaranteed to charm them.

— School Library Journal

Sumptuously illustrated… To get the full effect of this spectacular picture book, you'll need at least 10 feet of floor or table space. Tiny search-and-find details and a pervading sense of good humor make this a rewarding (if logistically awkward) experience.

— The Wall Street Journal


Cléa Dieudonné


Cléa Dieudonné is an illustrator. She lives in Berlin.