Waterloo & Trafalgar

Waterloo & Trafalgar


Written and illustrated by Olivier Tallec
Translated from French by Claudia Zoe Bedrick

Here Tallec portrays two characters, separated only by narrow walls, who watch each other ceaselessly through the seasons. Moving between day and night, long stretches at their binoculars, and mundane daily tasks, they fight their cold war, full of suspicion, never daring to bridge the gap between them.

As time passes, a snail shows up, and then a bird, and one day, to their utter surprise, they come face-to-face in a different way, and they discover that their differences don't make them enemies.

Waterloo & Trafalgar has a die-cut cover and interior section-cut flip pages, all of which contribute to allowing the reader to see things in different ways. And that, in the end, is so much of what this book is about: seeing and seeing otherwise.

ISBN: 978-1-59270-127-8
7.8" (W) x 10.5" (H) • 64 pages • HC

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★ "The pointlessness of war, powerfully told despite having no words. [...] Tallec excels in expression; every movement, from scrunched-up anger to an exuberant grin, is meticulously planned, and these funny little soldiers show a wide range of emotion. [...] It is a truism that children represent the future—engaging stories about conflict resolution are necessary, and this one stands out." STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

"Tallec's rich, confident lines and colors connect him to the great French tradition of the bande dessinee, and the book is produced on satisfyingly heavy paper with a judicious use of die cuts that divide the action to comic effect. With no words to crowd the imagination, kids will love inventing their own stories out of each page. And they'll delight or puzzle over the camaraderie these two enemies achieve by the end." —Elizabeth Rubin, The New York Times

"It is hard to imagine a more charming antiwar polemic." —Publishers Weekly

"This book is outstanding. It speaks to peace without any preaching, allowing the reader to come to their own conclusions. It is a striking and vibrant example of what can be achieved with no words at all." —Tasha Saecker, Waking Brain Cells

"Waterloo and Trafalgar is a true gem—a much-to-be-admired example of storytelling power and a serious lesson about the absurdity of war that any reader (no matter how young) can appreciate." —Colleen Mondor, Book Slut

This book is amazing! I was completely blown away by it. It is absolutely brilliant. Everyone should be talking about this book for a long, long time. It’s a wordless picture book about two characters, Waterloo and Trafalgar, who are at war with each other. They can only see each other when they peek over their respective walls and they do many things to antagonize each other.  Finally, they are forced to come face to face. When they do, it will surprise and charm you. The illustrations are beautiful and they tell this amazing story perfectly.” —The Picture Book Review

Die-cuts and divided pages add to the delight of Waterloo & Trafalgar, giving it an animated feel.” —Books4YourKids


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