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A Hundred Million Francs (Puffin Books) (original 1955; edition 1960)

by Berna P (Author)

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Title:A Hundred Million Francs (Puffin Books)
Authors:Berna P (Author)
Info:Puffin (1960), Edition: New Impression, 176 pages
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A Hundred Million Francs by Paul Berna (1955)

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A group of French kiddos are given a broken-down toy horse that fast becomes they're favorite pastime. But it links them to a group of robber and makes life much more interesting for them than they'd bargained for.
On the vintage children's books scale, this one leans more toward dated than charming, I'm afraid. ( )
1 vote electrascaife | May 5, 2018 |
The story is set in an outlying workingclass area of Paris after WW2 and features a gang of children, a train robbery and a battered headless horse/tricycle. All the elements of classic children's literature here with the intrepid children outwitting a bunch of fairly bumbling robbers, along with supportive parents and a distracted policeman. What I really liked was just the simple joie de vivre of the children whose favourite pastime is taking turns to ride the old horse trike down the steepest street in their area. Also Marion, the oldest girl, has trained most of the neighbourhood dogs and adopted numerous strays which comes in handy when dealing with the thugs.
There are a couple more books about this gang of children and I read somewhere that Berna grew up in this area of Paris so really captures the essence of these children and their community. I also have to commend the b&w illustrations in my edition by English illustrator Richard Kennedy, in the notes it says he made his sketches in Paris and this adds to the authenticity. ( )
2 vote avatiakh | Oct 16, 2013 |
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Paul Bernaprimary authorall editionscalculated
Buchanan-Brown, JohnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Gaby and the rest of the gang were there in front of Fernand Douin's house at the top of the rue des Petits-Pauvres.
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After attempts to buy an old wooden horse on wheels are declined, unpleasant adults steal said horse from a group of kids. They have fun and cause chaos in attempts to get it back.
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"A bunch of scruffy urchin kids in the backstreets of Paris outwit thieves to uncover the whereabouts of millions of francs stolen from the Paris-Ventimiglia express. Gaby is the leader, but it is super-cool Marion with her collection of stray dogs who is the heart of the gang. It all begins when a local villain offers the children a fortune for their 'horse' - a headless rocking horse, given old tricycle wheels that they 'ride' down the steep cobbled street, but they don't want to part with it. Then, a few days later, the horse is stolen, and so begins an adventure that is full of twists and turns, leading to a satisfying conclusion when the villains receive their comeuppance."… (more)

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