The Eiffel Tower is bored today
Wouldn’t it be nice to fly away?
Paris is full of things to do –
The Tower would like to see them too
The Tower takes off for the day
To watch the city work and play …
The Eiffel Tower is bored … so it decides to cut loose and fly over Paris! Sailing through the night air, it glides over the Seine; a short hop away, it finds the Opéra. It weaves through crowds on the streets and in the department stores, falls asleep in the sun, and wakes up to the jangling bells of Notre Dame. This beautifully crafted book, brought to intricate, magical life by He´le`ne Druvert’s ornate lasercuts, is a wonderfully imaginative introduction to Paris and its monuments for young children.
It’s not easy being an internationally beloved (and stationary) monument—just ask the Eiffel Tower Trading in its spot on the Champ de Mars for the city’s leading landmarks, the tower embarks on a leisurely tour… Pages alternate between strikingly simple black-and-white (with occasional blue) illustrations and intricate, lacelike laser cuts, which transform each turn of the page. Readers of all ages will delight in Druvert’s rhyming couplets and arresting style, though those laser cuts are quite delicate. Perhaps leave the page-turning to the adults?
Written in rhyming couplets, the real star of the show here is the art, delicate and ornate paper cuts. Alternating pages serve as backdrops for the cut papers in front of them, all laid out on a stark black-and-white palette (with a bit of greyish-blue). The lasercuts are intricate, even including an Eiffel Tower-shaped hole on the book’s cover. Older readers, especially adults (and definitely Francophiles), will appreciate such a lavishly illustrated book. It could serve as a very basic introduction to Paris and its monuments, especially for fans of papercutting.
Sometimes the delight that can be found inside a book, translates perfectly to the delight that can be found visiting a place. Helene Druvert’s stunning Paris Up, Up and Away effortlessly transports you to the City of Light. The intricate cut-outs showcase a whimsical side of the city, with balloons, merry-go-rounds, stars and shops that make it ideal for children.
there is so much beauty in this magnificent book
— Kid's BookBuzz
Hélene Druvert is an illustrator and paper and textile designer.