After literature and poetry, David Goudreault now addresses toddlers, to tell them a real and no less inspiring story of separation. Pardon: reparation.
Posted on 1is Jun 2021 at 6:22 am
The repair of my parents, a beautiful story of rupture, offers a very fair look, sweet and funny at the same time, on the love break between parents, seen by their children. All tenderly illustrated by the talented France Cormier, to offer at the end, and this is not negligible, a deliberately optimistic story. Positive. And even constructive, on top of that.
The book, in bookstores this Tuesday, smacks of lived experience. And it is not wrong. David Goudreault confirms this straight away: “I went to check the box for those separated from the pandemic,” he confides on the phone. And all in all, it’s going well. So I wanted to tell a great story. Because it can go well, ”says the one who was himself a child of separated parents.
A tragicomic fish
We will have guessed by the title, and its very clever paronym: the time has come for the truth. To emotions. But above all to the disempowerment (of the children), and in doing so, to the empowerment (of the parents). “I wanted to explain the gist of what is going on, and remind the children that it is not their fault, and that it is the parents’ responsibility to build a new relationship, and to put the child at the heart. of this new relationship. ”
To do this, in addition to Coco, her sister Lélé, both parents (“a mixed family, the author specifies here, very close to my reality, it was important for me to represent that [la diversité] »), David Goudreault imagined a fish here. “A wacky character who allows you to triangulate the most difficult emotions,” he explains. The most overwhelming emotions are projected into the fish. Hence this seemingly innocuous, yet essential sentence, which alone sums up the whole point of the book:
If the parents are separated, it is never the fault of the fish, and never the fault of the children either.
Extract of The repair of my parents, a beautiful story of rupture
“For me, this is the most important sentence in the book,” confirms David Goudreault, noting in passing that he always wanted to write children’s literature. “I went to literature by reading. Very young, I was immersed in books, he says. There is something very noble in speaking to children. You have to take the time to do it. And do it well. And the challenge is great: “There is a delicate balance to be struck between writing a really interesting story for children and sending a message at all costs. ”
Challenge here amply taken up, with a good dose of humor, which gives the story an air of Max and Lili (Dominique de Saint Mars and Serge Bloch), one less pedagogical checkmark, two poetic and above all metaphorical checkmarks. “Humor is a feature of my style. Even if it’s hard or trashy, there is always humor, it allows to tackle all the themes, and this is what interests me in my artistic approach: infuse enough humor to get to the bottom things. ”
And that’s exactly what he’s doing here, without falling into jovialism either, far from it. “A beautiful story of rupture, that can be, without denying the distress of parents and children. Because it is reality too. […] But I wanted to give hope to the children and even to the parents, without wanting to be judgmental: it can be okay. […] Even with a children’s book, you can get this message across. […] It remains a rupture, there is bereavement to be made, but it is also an opportunity to rediscover oneself and to establish a new relationship. There are some who will go as far as friendship. This is what I wish for myself. […] Personally, I want to believe it. And who here will dare to contradict him?
The repair of my parents, a beautiful story of rupture
David Goudreault and France Cormier
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