The Other Side of the Mountain

L'autre côté de la montagne

Géraldine Alibeu

Cambourakis | April 2022 | 104 pages | 24 x 33 cm | hardcover

A little girl and her sister live near the mountains. Every year, they go hiking with their parents. But this year is different. They’re more experienced now and decide to go by themselves, with their aunt Jeanette’s map from 1978. So, they set off on a seven-day walk through the mountains towards Chamroux. They see marmots along the way and soon realise that they underestimated the summer temperatures, finishing their first night in a mountain refuge.

This adventure at a child’s level showcases beautiful landscapes with bold colours, characteristic of Géraldine Alibeu’s sketches. The full page illustrations, with no words, reveal the subtleties and nuances of a natural environment that is constantly changing, and tell the story of two daring sisters, determined to complete their hike and immerse themselves into the mountain fauna and flora. The Other Side of the Mountain subtly reflects on the concepts of adventure (that you can experience just a few kilometres from home) and freedom, as well explores the relationship between humans and nature.

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