ACHUKA Book of the Day 3 May 2022
“[A] tempestuous meditation on childhood freedom.” Publishers Weekly
A charming tale about friends finding joy and wonder in nature when they are caught in a thunderstorm on their way to their fort.
Our Fort is the story of three friends who set out one day to visit their secret fort at the edge of the woods. The weather looks fine, but no sooner have they left home and walked into the hills than the sun disappears behind the clouds. Crows fly by, calling, and the wind begins to blow. Suddenly the day turns into night. It’s a storm! Will the friends make it to shelter? Will their fort survive the storm? Marie Dorléans’s illustrations capture the sensory pleasures of nature, as well as its capriciousness, while her story reminds us of the simple joy of being with friends and sharing a great adventure.
Published by New York Review Books with the support of Villa Albertine, in partnership with the French Embassy.
Marie Dorleans graduated from the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. Her previous book, Night Walk, won the Prix Landernau in the best children’s category. Alyson Waters is a prize-winning translator of literary fiction.