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It was obviously very important for the title of this picture to be in French. It means “A most plucky fellow” according to the 1878 NYT article on French colloquialisms that I found. Perfect. My 3 year old son now has a copy proudly hanging right next to his pillow. “It’s not a monster tatty, it’s only a picture of a monster.” This next generation is so much smarter than we are, we’ll never keep up.
Tonight’s custom illustrated bedtime story was about this character ( Big Boris) who lives in the castle from the previous blog entry (which hangs over my daughters bed) as an assistant (“like your morah has an assistant,”) to the king.
At this point the letter that Big Boris was supposed to deliver together with the prince /protagonist ( “like your morah has a protagonist,”) has been lost on the journey to the land of islands while they were struggling to push the royal carriage up the mountain (“not that type of carriage, Shlomo, actually, yes, definitely yes, Boris and the prince were being pushed in a big royal baby carriage up the mountain, much better”)
As my kids know already – “and then, just like that, it was GONE,” is right before the good part, so stay tuned…