Capucine the Great!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Here is a sample I recently finished for a book that never made it off the ground (click to enlarge). The authorless tale would have starred the brilliant Capucine. Capucine is a real girl, living in France. Her adventures have been caught on tape by her mother (who has also lovingly subtitled them into English!) The movie "Fooling the Toothfairy" (the subject of my sample) concerns "La Petite Souris (the French toothfairy, or "The Little Mouse!) and Capu's schemes to score an under-the-pillow "cadeau". Sadly, the project was cut short, but I believe Capucine has only just begun! Already an overseas Vimeo phenomenon, she is only 4 and has started her own little Edurelief fund for education in Mongolia. Be sure to check out her awesome fund boutique



Most importantly, I am indebted to Miss Capucine for her charm. When I was sent the assignment, and "met" Capucine, I fell in love! She is a real kid, with honest-to-goodness bedhead and a snaggly smile and grand plans, the kind that good stories write themselves around. In what can at times be a market populated by contrived children's characters, Capucine was a little ray of sun for me. Maybe someday she'll have a book. So merci to Capu for your sunshine, and merci beaucoup to her mother, Anne, for capturing it! Make sure you watch all of her videos. I highly recommend, "Once Upon a Time"...but beware the "crocodeeeeeel" and the "hippopotame" (which, by the way, you can buy on a t-shirt at her boutique!)

5 comments:

Lauren Castillo said...

Wait, the publishing house killed the project, and it never had an author? If there's no author attached, I say YOU write the story and pitch it--would be great!

Julia Denos said...

interesting idea lauren .... ;)

MissMI6 said...

Oh you have great illustrations!!

Ben Hatke said...

I think I second Lauren's idea. you certainly have done some NICE Sketches for this project. Particularly that series of head and face studies.

kelea said...

Without any explanation...at one glance i could recognize Capucine. You captured her essence perfectly in this picture and it's a shame the project was canned.

I agree with Lauren...you should pitch it!