Eskimo Grasshoppers: French Children's Books of the 30s and 40s

1948, Apoutsiak, written and illustrated by Paul Emile Victor




1948, Apoutsiak, written and illustrated by Paul Emile Victor




1948, Apoutsiak, written and illustrated by Paul Emile Victor


A huge thank you to Ribambelles & Ribambins for featuring Apoutsiak. I had passed over the book in online catalogs having only seen its cover. (The perils of book hunting on the internet.)



1948, Jean Cocteau, Drole de menage


I did not know Cocteau did a children's book. I need this!



1945, Cornebuse et cie by Guy Sabran


From the insanely amazing Agence Eureka.
See the full book.





1946, Luce et Pierre Morel, Glo-Glo le poisson rouge





1944, Olga Kowalevsky, illus. for 30 chantefables pout les enfants sages, a chanter sur n'importe quel air by Robert Desnos





1944, Olga Kowalevsky, illus. for 30 chantefables pout les enfants sages, a chanter sur n'importe quel air by Robert Desnos





1944, Olga Kowalevsky, illus. for 30 chantefables pout les enfants sages, a chanter sur n'importe quel air by Robert Desnos





1944, Olga Kowalevsky, illus. for 30 chantefables pout les enfants sages, a chanter sur n'importe quel air by Robert Desnos


A children's book by one of the finest Surrealist writers, Robert Desnos. (Breton, ever the douchebag, kicked him out in 1929.)



1944-45, Images de Calvo, album concu et redige par Victor Dancette et Jacques Zimmermann, Le Bete est morte





1941, Découpages, Animaux domestiques articulés


Again from Agence Eureka. See the full book.


1938, Alexandra Exter, cover illus. for Panorama de la cote by Marie Colmont





1938 Alexandra Exter, illus. for Panorama de la cote by Marie Colmont (detail)





1938, illus. by Helene Guertik (Russian-born) for Nouvelles Images a Colorier - Reptiles





1937, illus. by Lalande for L'Oeuf Magique





1936, Beatrice Appia, Histoire de Perlette


I've been drooling over Perlette since seeing it on BibliOdyssey. I finally bought a copy (hasn't arrived yet).




1935, illus. by Ruda for Le Royaume des Abeilles





1933, Vieira da Silva and Pierre Gueguen, Ko et Ko les deux Esquimaux





1933, Vieira da Silva and Pierre Gueguen, Ko et Ko les deux Esquimaux
this scan via Ribambelles & Ribambins





1933, Vieira da Silva and Pierre Gueguen, Ko et Ko les deux Esquimaux





1933-34, Album Milliat, gymnastique scolaire.


Last one from Agence Eureka. See the full post.




1933, illus. by Ruda for Je Fais Mes Jouets avec des Plantes




1933, Ferdinand Krch, Jeux de pliage





1932, Nathalie Parain, Ronds et carres





1932, Nathalie Parain, illus. for Baba Yaga





1932, illus. by Andre Helle for Les Histoires de Patachou by Tristan Dereme





1932, illus. by Andre Helle for Les Histoires de Patachou by Tristan Dereme





1931, Fedor Rojankovsky, color lithography for Daniel Boone by Averill and Stanley (Paris, Domino Press)
(A Russian envisioning America for the French?)





1931, Illus. by Francoise for La Plus Vieele Histoire du Monde





1931, Job (Jacques Onfroy de Breville), Notre Histoire - Napoleon a Sainte-Helene


Couldn't resist including Napoleon.





1930, Nathalie Parain, illus. for Mon chat by Andre Beucler





1930 Jean Bruller, illus. for Patapoufs et Filifers by Andre Maurois, 1940 US edition cover





1930 Jean Bruller, illus. for Patapoufs et Filifers by Andre Maurois





1930 Jean Bruller, illus. for Patapoufs et Filifers by Andre Maurois