The Pointless Leopard: What Good Are Kids Anyway? (Paperback)

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By Colas Gutman, Stephanie Seegmuller (Translated by), Delphine Perret (Illustrator)
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Illustrated by Delphine Perret, this is a cheeky story about a boy who is grumpy during his vacation in the country. He comes across some farm animals that demand what he's good for, which makes him very indignant. In the end he learns to enjoy and appreciate the little pleasures of being on vacation, and being a kid. This is good for reading out loud at story time, and for early readers.

-- Anna

— From Anna S. Staff Picks


A walk in the woods turns into a funny, philosophical and irresistibly charming mini-adventure.

In this witty tale of insistent parents and talking animals, a child questions his purpose.

In the country, there's nothing to do, except: admire. It's the same as being bored, but with your eyes wide open.

The hilarious story of grumpy city-child Leonard, forced to go for country walks with his greenery-loving mum and dad, is a wonderful reminder of what use we may be to the world. What do we know? What can we do? And is any of it of real value?

The Pointless Leopard is a charming tale for all, about the parts we play in the lives of others.

About the Author

Colas Gutman’s parents were writers, and for a long time he was convinced that it was the worst profession in the world... Until one day the joy of writing grabbed him. And it hasn't let him go since. He is still a big kid, and writes his books in exactly the same way he used to do his homework when he was younger - lying on his bed, using a comic book as his desk.

Praise For…

"Overflowing with love and humor." -- Le Monde des Livres

"Joyful."-- Notes bibliographiques

"[Delphine Perret's illustrations are] by turns hilarious and moving." -- Parol

"The hilarity of juxtaposing the issue of the purpose of one’s existence with discussing philosophy with country animals carries us through what actually could have been a pretty dark tale! . . . [an] entertaining journey of self-discovery." -- The Book Wars
Product Details
ISBN: 9781782690405
ISBN-10: 1782690409
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
Publication Date: August 12th, 2014
Pages: 48
Language: English
Series: Pushkin Children's Collection