The Story of Mr Sommer
Patrick Suskind, Michael Hofmann, Jean-Jacques Sempe
Mr B's review
A gorgeously-illustrated tale of a boy’s rural childhood, rich with heroic tree-climbing, wobbly bike-riding, crushing romantic encounters and the most fretful piano lesson of all-time! These young dramas are punctuated by the appearances of the mysterious Mr Sommer, our boy narrator’s enigmatic neighbour, who spends his days striding ceaselessly through the countryside with no apparent purpose or destination.
The partnership of Patrick Süskind’s funny and animated prose and Sempé’s colourful, spirited artwork is a match made in heaven.
A classic pastoral novella with an irresitible sense of humour and unexpectedly dark edges from one of Germany’s finest writers and France’s greatest illustrators. We simply had to bring this small but perfectly formed masterpiece back into print.
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