Le Tracas de Blaise (Blaise’s Troubles) by Raphaële Frier
In Blaise’s Troubles Raphaële Frier recounts the sudden physical metamorphosis of a city dweller which leads him to question his life’s journey and his quest for happiness.
Transmission first and foremost
Born in Lyon in 1970, Raphaële Frier studied psychology and educational sciences before becoming a teacher. Passionate about writing, she has been publishing novels for young people since 2009.
History of a metamorphosis
On a morning like so many others, Blaise wakes up but something has changed after a night that was more disturbed than usual. He discovers that his foot has become a bear’s leg. This incomprehensible metamorphosis that he must conceal means he has to reinvent his daily life.
In this fantastic story, Raphaële Frier’s text and Julien Martinière’s quirky illustrations describe the attrition of routine lives and the vital need for freedom.
A contemporary fairy tale
In Blaise’s Troubles, Raphaële Frier writes a kafkaesque story for children that "recounts the choices that sometimes have to be made to give meaning to life". For her, children have to make and learn to take decisions very early on. By asking what you are and what you want to be, the author prepares her young readers for the future upheavals of adolescence and the transition to adulthood. It also invites parents to reflect on the meaning of existence.
A gem of children’s literature
In November 2018, Blaise’s Troubles won the Pépite d'Or (Golden Gem) award at the Montreuil Children’s Book Fair and was also voted best children’s work of the year. Enjoying wide acclaim from critics and the public for its "narrative of modernity and strong contemporary representation", it echoes the early work of Tomi Ungerer.
Blaise’s Troubles is part of the 2019 line-up of works for young readers selected for the “Pépites internationales” (International Gems) awards. In 2018, it received the Prix Suprême (Supreme Prize) at the Montreuil Children’s Book Fair.
This selection is offered by the Institut français and the Salon du Livre et de la Presse Jeunesse in Montreuil to young French learners worldwide.
Blaise's Troubles received the Prix Suprême (Supreme Prize) at the 2018 Montreuil Children’s Book Fair.