The Brothers Zzli (Hardcover)

The Brothers Zzli By Alex Cousseau, Anne-Lise Boutin (Illustrator), Vineet Lal (Translator) Cover Image

The Brothers Zzli (Hardcover)

By Alex Cousseau, Anne-Lise Boutin (Illustrator), Vineet Lal (Translator)


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A moving allegory of immigration and hospitality.

One day, the brothers Zzli come to the doorstep of a little girl named Welcome. Welcome has plenty of room in her big, empty house, and the travelers--who have come from far away--make good pancakes and even better company. But others in the forest find this new family strange, even dangerous. When the bears invite their neighbors to a big party, only
Welcome's friend the bat shows up. Soon after that, a policeman knocks on their door, threatening to destroy the brothers' beloved beehives. Maybe Welcome and her friends need to find someplace that might accept three bears, a bat, and a girl like her: somewhere to call home at last.

With charming, delightful illustrations reminiscent of vintage children's classics, The Brothers Zzli invites readers to join a bear family's search for belonging in a world that views them with suspicion. This poignant story will spark lasting conversations about the impact of prejudice, the struggles of refugees, and the responsibility we have to our neighbors--especially the new ones.

The Children's Book Council Teacher FAVORITES List 3rd-5th Grade (2024)

Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year Award in Picture Books, Early Reader Finalist (2023)

Albertine The Prix Albertine Jeunesse 3-5, 6-8 & 9-14 Years Old Shortlist (2024)

Mississippi Children's Museum Magnolia Book Awards Pre-K - 2nd Grade Nominee (2023)

Alex Cousseau has published over eighty books for children in his native France. His works have been honored with many awards, including the Premio Andersen Prize in 2021 and the Bologna Ragazzi Fiction Award in 2018. The Brothers Zzli is Alex's English-language debut. Visit his website at Anne-Lise Boutin is a French artist and illustrator whose work is inspired by the mysterious and marvelous. She studied art at the Duperré Art School and at the Arts Décoratifs School, both in Paris. The Brothers Zzli is Anne-Lise's English-language debut. Follow her on Instagram @anneliseboutin. Vineet Lal is a literary translator of books from French to English, including A Perfect Spot and A Head Full of Birds (both Eerdmans). He studied French at Princeton University and the University of Edinburgh. Vineet lives in Scotland. Follow him on Twitter @vineet_uk.
Product Details ISBN: 9780802856098
ISBN-10: 0802856098
Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 24th, 2023
Pages: 40
Language: English