This Cricket Book, called ďan entertaining readĒ by the School Library Journal, tells a tale of sibling conflict in Paris that anyone with a sibling is sure to love! Featuring antics that would make Laurel and Hardy run for the hills, Vero and Philippe is a comic and heartfelt story by prolific childrenís author Caroline Hatton.
The Vo family has just moved to Paris from a small town in northern France. The change is almost more than nine-year-old Vero can manage. Her parents are too busy to keep an eye on her in the big city, and her older brother, Philippe, wants nothing to do with her. In fact, the siblings can barely stand each other.
Since Vero and Philippe arenít allowed to play outside, they must find ways to amuse themselves. Vero devises imaginative activities like raising a prize snail, creating families of chestnuts, and engineering a fake monster to scare her brother. Philippe does his best to put up with her antics, though the task becomes increasingly difficult. Francine, the young maid and nanny, is little help, consumed as she is by housework and a new boyfriend. Over the course of the year, everyone in the family learns to adjust to their new home. Vero survives her brotherís meanness, her fatherís attempts at cooking, and a new school. And when Francine is fired, Vero and Philippe unite in the cause to get her back.
Brothers and sisters around the world will learn a lot from Vero and Philippe as they go from indifference to kinship over the course of this great book for young readers. Fans of CALLIOPE magazine will especially enjoy the journey to and descriptions of the legendary Paris.Hardcover.
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