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Peter Sís: The Pilot and The Little Prince

15 JULY 2014 - Recently published Peter Sís’s book, The Pilot and the Little Prince is a journey for young and old through the fascinating life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of the beloved children’s classic, The Little Prince. This wonderful book, beautifully illustrated with gorgeous watercolours, is sure to enchant children and adults alike.

The Little Prince is a classic children’s story telling the adventures of the boy who fell to earth. Insanely popular with over a million copies sold every year, it's the most-read French-language book in history and has been translated into 250 languages since its first publication in 1943; The Pilot and The Little Prince celebrates the remarkable story of its author.

Already published in France and America to great acclaim, Pushkin Children’s Books are now making this unforgettable story of adventure, bravery and discovery available to readers in the UK. 

Born in Czechoslovakia in 1949, PETER SÍS is an internationally renowned author and illustrator of many books for children. A former pupil of Quentin Blake and mentee of Maurice Sendak, he has now received, among many other awards, three Caldecott Honours, the Bologna Ragazzi Non-Fiction Award, the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis, and the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Award. He also received the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2012 for his lasting contribution to children's illustration. He has lived in New York City in America since 1984. A tapestry designed by Peter Sís in memory of Seamus Heaney on behalf of Arts for Amnesty will be unveiled in Dublin in April. 

ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY was born in France in 1900, when aeroplanes were just being invented. He always dreamt of flying, and when he became a pilot as a young man, his adventures truly began. He was one of the first pilots to deliver mail by plane and, along with his fellow pilots, helped to create new routes to faraway places. 
Antoine flew over mountains and deserts, battled winds and storms, and even tried to break aviation records. He also crashed a number of times. From his plane he reflected on life on the earth and in the skies, and this inspired him to write about his experiences. July 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the mysterious disappearance of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Listen to a wonderful interview with Peter Sís on NPR here

Published 3rd July 2014
Jacketed Hardback £12.99

Pushkin Children’s Books
Rosamund Hutchison Rosamund@prcollective.co.uk / 07886618301

‘Sís’s works are less picture books than little miracles of design… A compelling, multilayered visual treat’ Booklist, Starred Review

‘Sís’s handling of the aviator’s last flight and disappearance strikes just the right notes of mystery, majesty and quiet wonder. Brilliant bookmaking’
 School Library JournalStarred Review

'Extraordinary, sophisticated illustrations, its poetry and the historical details of the text, reward readers of any age.' Sunday Times

‘A sumptuous allegory, magnificently drawn, by another poet who has wandered far from his home in order to find his own horizon’ Le Monde

'None will challenge the beauty of the luminous artwork... a really stunning visual storybook.' The New York TImes

‘Extraordinary and wonderful’ Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review