Author(s): Michael Morpurgo, M. B. E.
When Yannick learns that he is to stay with his Aunt Mathilde in the South of France, he cannot believe his luck. If the paintings of his mother's beloved Cezanne are to be believed, surely Provence is paradise itself. So begins an idyllic month for the young boy. Then one evening the idyll is spoilt when an important local comes for dinner and Yannick accidentally destroys a precious drawing the man leaves behind. He could never have imagined that his mother's hero, the world-famous Cezanne, would come to his inn, and sit at one of his tables Yannick is devastated by what he has done, and resolves to make things right. But in so doing he makes a surprising discovery."
"From the first sentence of a Michael Morpurgo book, you know you are in the hands of a natural storyteller." (The Guardian)"
Michael Morpurgo was 2003-2005 Children's Laureate, has written over 100 books and is the winner of many awards, including the Whitbread Children's Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize, the Blue Peter Award and the Red House Children's Book Award. His books are translated and read around the world and his hugely popular novel War Horse is now both a critically acclaimed stage play and a highly successful film. Michael and his wife, Clare, live in Devon. Francois Place studied visual expression at L'Ecole Estienne before completing his first illustrations for the Decouverte Cadet series. He has since illustrated many books, including Michael Morpurgo's War Horse, and has also become a fiction author whose talent has often been highly praised, with The Last Giants, The Old Man Crazy About Drawing and The Atlas of the Geographers of Orbae. Francois lives near Paris, France.