Today Antoine de Saint-Exupery‘s name is synonymous with his most famous legacy: the small but mighty novella Le Petit Prince, which has been translated into over 250 languages and is one of the best-selling books ever published. For anyone else, such an achievement would probably be the highlight of their lives, so it speaks volumes that Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) was but a footnote in Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s incredible life.
Author-illustrator extraordinaire Peter Sis has truly outdone himself with this absolutely PHENOMENAL picturebook biography for advanced readers, which not only manages to be informative, but also whimsical and magical in the true spirit of The Little Prince.
Mesmerising from cover to cover, The Pilot and the Little Prince combines an engaging narrative with drop-dead-stunning illustrations that are often cleverly intertwined with generous sprinklings of factual tidbits about Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s life, to effectively convey the essence of the man: his brave, adventurous, never-say-die spirit, his loyalty to his friends and country, and his gentle, poetic soul.
While The Little Prince is not Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s only successful book, it’s quite clear (especially if you’ve read this biography) that he poured everything he’d learnt in his short but productive lifetime into it — and that the pilot and the little prince are really the one and the same.