LEONARD AND LEA
After the first story about the boy Leonad and his cat Loulou, the second children’s book “Leonard and Lea” is even more beautiful to look at and the story about bullying at school is also more touching and intensive.
Even though, the continuation is completely independent from the first volume.
The Bulgarian artist Teodora Puncheva created again more than a dozen wonderful illustrations in A4 format.
The book tells, how Leonard is teased at school for being friends with his new classmate Lea. Like him, Lea is an outsider.
Together, they experience how the cat Loulou and the dog Lo help them to become more self-confident.
The book’s themes are again bullying, self-confidence, feelings and relationships with cats and dogs.
LEONARD AND LOULOU
Publishing a book is like being pregnant and giving birth to a child. “Leonard and Loulou”, Esther’s first children’s book, is like her third child, which took her on a journey she never dreamt of.
The Swiss journalist had sent the German manuscript to several publishing houses in Switzerland, and guess, nobody wanted to take it. She was disappointed at that time. Today, she is more than happy that it worked out for her like that.
2017, she decided to put the book on the Swiss crowd founding platform wemakeit to raise some money to print the book in Switzerland. 34 friends supported her.
“3000 Swiss Francs should do it to print some hundreds of copies of my book”, she thought. To find the right printing house was time consuming. She asked at least 10 printing offices. Her aim was to have a nice hard cover with a solid binding because the book should be resistant to a lot of hands to be touched and to get handed over to the next generation. How she loved her own children’s books, and how she loved it to look at them many years later with her two own boys!
As a multicultural being, having studied French, English and German, she published the book in three languages right from the beginning.
One of her friends connected her with the great Bulgarian illustrator Teodora Dimitrova. She invented the main characters, Esther’s boy Léonard and his cat Loulou, according to some pictures she received from Esther. Thanks to Teodora, the book got finally published.
Léonard’s story is also a little bit Esther’s own story – often feeling not being good enough. But it’s as well her son’s story, who didn’t want to go to school because of his feelings of inferiority.
The book has already touched a lot of children’s and adult’s hearts.
The American Publishing House, Morgan James K!DS, from New York bought the rights to publish a soft cover version, which is available in many online stores around the world.
WHAT READERS SAY ABOUT
“LEONARD AND LOULOU”
“The book is beautiful. The topic bullying is very important, and the way this topic is presented is very appealing and will certainly help many children AND adults.”
Elisabeth Dancet, mother, CFO assistant
“Our 11-year-old was sick and awake early. I gave him the book, and he read it through in one go: Dad, he said, this is a funny story… and very beautiful!”
Thomas Friday, Coach MindMove
“I like the story because it is about a problem that young and old human beings know as well as Léonard: Not to be sufficient and to lose confidence in themselves. Clever animals are helping in this loving story. The dogs and cats, for their part, learn from Léonard how difficult it is often for humans to show feelings and confidence. The crafty cat Loulou has an idea…”
Esther Bachmann, photographer, www.fotofrau.ch
“The book is so touching and loving! I feel like I’ve met Léonard in person. Congratulations! It is so wonderful when people create things that speak directly from their hearts and touch other hearts.”
Annette Golaz, editor and photographer, www.agolaz.ch
LOULOU & LOUPI
If son Léonard had not been, Loulou would not have existed, and without Loulou there would not have been my children’s books “Leonard and Loulou” and “Leonard and Lea”.
The calico cat Loulou came to us as a three-month old kitten. Since we wanted to have kittens, we didn’t let her to be neutered at first. On my blog, I describe how lovingly Léonard cared for his cat and how he didn’t have time for his homework.
Before Loulou turned one year old, she was already pregnant and gave birth to four beautiful black and white males. How all this happened and how it came that Loupi, the white male with black tail, stayed with us, I tell in this photo book with 30 full-format pictures.
The very short, simply written texts are in English. A lot of English is not needed to understand the story.
You can order the book “Loulou & Loupi” as an e-book on Amazon and read it on your tablet or Kindle Reader.
60 pages with 30 full format colored photos
Price: approx. USD 3.50