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This extraordinary playbook is unlike any other with its 14 removable lucky charms to overcome everyday problems. Repel nightmares, get good grades at school, stop a child sucking on his/her thumb, go on vacation without your parents or make a disgusting medicine taste better… Everything has a solution, as long as you believe in it!

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I thought it was inspiring. We often have little anxieties when we’re little: nightmares, stopping a child sucking on his/her thumb, leaving without their parents… These are cases where kids need to be reassured. My role was to draw the talismans for all those situations!

you saw the text of ‘Talismans’?

How did you feel when

Yes, I immediately accepted to work on this project. I thought the idea of having “talismans” for children who have overflowing imaginations was really appealing. I thought to myself, I could have fun on this as it was the first time I was going to illustrate existing texts.

the idea interesting?

Did you find

My editor  Thierry Magnier, is the one who wrote the text about ten years ago. He imagined a book in which children could find lucky charms to face any problems they might encounter. He put that idea aside for a while… until last year when we were at the book fair of Geneva together and he asked me if I wanted to work on this project with him!

‘Talismans’ come about?

How did the idea for

It’s the talisman to keep a secret… I’m really talkative and could sometimes use it. Though I enjoyed drawing the fish with big ears. Nature is truly a never-ending source of inspiration for me and I don’t get tired of drawing it and distorting it.

 ‘Talisman’?

What is your favorite

As always, I drew everything by hand with pens. I listed all the animals, flowers, objects and I spent more than 3 months drawing to illustrate the entire book.

on this project

How did you work

I looked into nature, which is my greatest source of inspiration.  I first thought of all the things in Nature that were considered as lucky charms: four-leaf clovers and ladybugs for example… But it wasn’t enough and I had to look for more. I stayed focused on the heart of the problems. For example, to stop children from biting their nails, I drew bunnies’ and beavers’ teeth or in another instance the snail represents drool. 

When it comes to go on vacation without their parents, I drew a flying whale and airplanes that resemble flying fish to bring a smile on the children’s face and to reassure them.

"I first thought of
all the things in nature
that were considered as lucky charms,
but it wasn’t enough..."

with MICHAËL CAILLOUX

talismans

"I first thought of all
the things in nature
that were considered
as lucky charms,
but it wasn’t enough..."

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This extraordinary playbook is unlike any other with its 14 removable lucky charms to overcome everyday problems. Repel nightmares, get good grades at school, stop a child sucking on his/her thumb, go on vacation without your parents or make a disgusting medicine taste better… Everything has a solution, as long as you believe in it!

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