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Hello, Mr. Hulot

Merveille, David (Author/Illustrator)
NorthSouth Books 2013. 48 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9780735841352 (hardcover)
Original language: French
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, panel arrangement, point of view

Award

USBBY Outstanding International Books List – 2014

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

David Merveille takes Mr. Hulot, the humble and naive character created and played by French actor and filmmaker Jacques Tati, and introduces him to a new audience in twenty-two clever, wordless comic strips.

Each joke begins with a series of detailed artistic panels followed by the punch line on the next page. Each features Mr. Hulot in distinctive dress – striped socks, hat and wrinkled overcoat, pipe and umbrella – moving through the day in his usual bumbling way.

Readers will enjoy his crazy escapades, his oddball relationship to the world and the visual puns that reflect it. In one scenario, he shakes a snow globe on a summer day and snow falls out of the real sky. In another, he relaxes after spending the day repairing his leaky sink. Meanwhile, his workmanship has caused the entire town to flood.

A book that will entertain both children and adults, it can also introduce inferencing and observational skills. A final note provides background information on Jacques Tati, and additional notes on his quirky fictional character.

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    With a friend, read the first page of each new story. Predict what Mr Hulot will do. Do the individual story titles help with your predictions?

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    Create a book trailer to tell others about this book. Will you use narration? Why or why not? 

  •  Choose a scene from the book and write the story from Mr. Hulot’s perspective.
  •  Enlarge a favourite page and add in appropriate speech or thought bubbles and captions. Compare with your classmates. Did you have the same ideas?
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    Write speech or thought bubbles and captions for a page in the book. Compare with your classmates. Did you have the same ideas?

  •  Write a journal entry in Mr. Hulot’s personal journal.
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    Create an identification card for Mr. Hulot. Describe his physical traits as well as his personality, family, hobbies, etc.

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    Role play from a page in the book.

  •  Examine the cover. Read the text on the inside front flap. Suggest different ways of reading a wordless book.
  •  Discuss the title of each comic strip. In small teams, discuss and rename some of them. As a class, share your new and improved titles and defend your choices with supporting arguments. Vote on which titles best suit the comic strip.
  •  Comic strips often have both speech bubbles and narrative blocks. This series has neither. Add both of these text components to one of the comic strips: how do they change the way you read it? Explain whether it is better or worse.
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Media Literacy
  • Drama
  • Visual Arts