The World's Smallest Savior
Original title: Le plus petit sauveur du monde
If we find the author’s personality reflected in the main character, we recognize Eve Patenaude’s signature in the softness of the lines and colours, where purple and turquoise dominate, in the low-key presence of the birds, which represent the mothers, and in the graceful beauty of the flowers, which symbolize both fragility and hope. — Le Devoir
An illustrated album aimed at young people that addresses with sensitivity, lucidity and tact one of the major concerns of our society nowadays: eco-anxiety. […] There is a poetry in Samuel’s words that disarms us and some truths that reach deep into our hearts. — ArtsZé
A graphic novel that offers a heartfelt reflection on eco-anxiety and the concerns it raises in children, one of the greatest social ills of our era. A text that not only stirs our conscience, but also educates. The straightforward narrative is both perceptive and sensitive, ending with a salutary ray of hope that praise small actions.
Can our planet really support this many people? What if ten-year-old Florent himself is one too many?
One night, Florent overhears a conversation between his mothers: given the state of the planet, they aren’t sure whether they want to have another child. Though he can’t understand all of the words they use, he picks up on the hesitation in their voices, the fear in their eyes, the hand one places on the other’s stomach, like when he has a hard time falling asleep.
Florent learns that there are too many humans on Earth, that we shouldn’t be having any more children, that we should have stopped a long time ago and that even he is one too many. Will his mothers hear his silent cry?
- Shortlisted for the Prix Espiègle 2023