Ready for some adventure? To see the world from a doll’s eye view in vivid color? What could be more charming that seeing the City of Lights in the company of your rag doll?
Yesterday, Pamela Paul reviewed two books about Paris for the New York Times, the second of them, Kiki & Coco in Paris is an over-sized photo book with lively images of all things Parisian. So what is it about this book that will attract the interest of your child or of a doll-lover in your life?
Well, for starters, Kiki goes to Paris – with her doll, Coco. Coco, who is telling the story, is accidentally left behind in a cafe. Will she be reunited with Kiki? What will she see in Paris?
The story is told from Coco’s perspective, and trains its lens on her (with clear reference to “The Red Balloon”) as it recounts the trauma of her being accidentally left behind one day in a Parisian cafe. But not before she gets to explore the city in the company of her beloved owner – the Métro, the museums, the monuments. “Never apart from her girl, Coco is the luckiest doll in the world.”
Any Fancy Nancy-loving 5-year-old girl will likewise feel pretty lucky in the company of this book. The photographs are beautifully evocative of precisely the Paris a young girl would want to discover, from carousel to Eiffel Tower. Kiki’s doll is appropriately chic (her maker, Jess Brown, has designed an exclusive line of dolls for Bottega Veneta). And the story is simple and straightforward, with just the right detail attuned to a child’s priorities.
Another fascinating aspect of this storybook is that Coco is a handmade rag doll made by Jess Brown (as you read above). The little girl in the photos is the photographer’s daughter. This 48-page book is well suited for young readers, but the fascinating photographs around Paris will inspire anyone to want to travel – and since you are here for the dolls, seeing the rag doll out and about (much like the garden Gnomes that travel the world) will enthrall you as well.
Oh, and if you must, you can also get this book for your Kindle. You do have a Kindle, right?