Our children’s books about Paris (and how to get them)

Here you’ll find all the details about our three children’s books, how to get them and even some sneak peek drawings from the trilogy.

The easiest way to purchase our books is through our online shop. However, if you’re in Paris and you wish to search for them yourself, we’ve left a list at the bottom of all the bookstores you can pop into to grab your own copy.

Grace the Giraffe in Paris

Two hundred years ago, a giraffe walked to Paris. And the local Parisians, who had never even seen a giraffe before, went absolutely wild with excitement. This is the true story of a giraffe that started a Parisian craze, and we’ve told it in charming rhyme with beautiful illustrations. 

Each page of the story is delightfully illustrated by Lina. Children (and perhaps even adults) will enjoy finding hidden treasures, familiar Paris sights, and lovely re-imaginations of the City of Light. Is that a nod to a famous Monet painting? Did Eugène Delacroix really see the giraffe walk past his window? And could that last page truly, really, actually be what happened to change the face of Paris forever?

In 1827, the Egyptian King gifted a giraffe to the French King Charles X. When the giraffe got off the boat in Marseille, southern France, experts decided the best way to take her to Paris was on foot. 

So began a 40-day expedition through France, which kicked off an ever-growing frenzy as local French people saw a real-life giraffe for the first time ever. 

By the time she reached Paris, giraffe mania was at a boiling point, sparking a massive fashion trend, giraffe memorabilia, and unusual giraffe hairstyles. This all really happened!

Kylie the Crocodile in Paris

Meet Kylie – a crocodile who lives in the Canal Saint-Martin in Paris. The book is based on a true story: that of the elderly woman who told said she released a crocodile in the canal a few years back.

We used that setup as the basis for the rest of the story, where we imagined how a crocodile grew too big for a Paris apartment, how she was released into the canal, and then what a crocodile would get up to if she lived in Paris. Her life involves a lot of discrete people-watching during the day, and plenty of Paris sight-seeing during the nights.

Roger the Liger in Paris

Meet Roger the Liger. Before I say anything else, I must note: Ligers do exist. They’re a rare cross between a tiger and a lion. Roger however, the friendly liger who just happens to be an excellent dancer, is a fictional character from our children’s book.

This is the story of how an unusual and marginalized character copes with fear of rejection and learns to be his true self. It’s also a light and playful story set across Paris, as imagined by Lina.

Here’s what people are saying about Oliver and Lina’s children’s books:

“Beautifully illustrated” – Shakespeare and Co “Gorgeous”– The Red Wheelbarrow

“Funny and charming” – Smith & Son Paris
“Pure Magic” – Bonjour Books DC

Interested in all three books? Get the trilogy!

Bookshops in Paris

If you happen to be in Paris and are on the hunt for our children’s books, you can find them at these bookstores:

Louvre museum gift shop. Address: Rue de Rivoli, 75001

Musee D’Orsay gift shop. Address: 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007

Le Bon Marché Address: 24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007

Shakespeare and Co Bookshop. Address: 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005

The Red Wheelbarrow Bookshop. Address: 9 rue de Medicis, 75006

Smith & Son Paris. Address: 248 Rue de Rivoli, 75001

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