Martine Grande: EAGLE

Cover of "Eagle"

Published by Samlaget, 2021

From a little chicken to a mighty eagle
Sam is happiest of all when he is sitting in his room with his best friend Eagle, a happy little budgie. After all, bullies roam the streets outside.

“You mustn’t ever fly away from me,” says Sam.
“Cheep,” chirps Eagle.
“Exactly,” says Sam.

One day, Sam sees a girl outside his window, whizzing around on a scooter. Who is she? Maybe she wants to be his friend?

Eagle is a colourful tale about friendship and outsiders, a book about growth and becoming stronger, and even includes a big, dangerous eagle on the hunt for bullies. Martine Grande uses both words and pictures to show how Sam’s desperate attempts to hide away and avoid stressful situations, and how he finds his own strength in the end.

Illustration from "Eagle"

From the reviews: “Martine Grande plays text against image to create a nuanced, literary imagery that everyone can enjoy. It turns Eagle into a beautiful tale about fear and overcoming it, all the while stimulating the linguistic and conceptual development of child readers.” (Klassekampen) “EAGLE belongs to the uppermost echelon of picture books. … The strength of empathy and teamwork can be found in every corner of this seamless interweaving of text and illustrations. Read carefully, EAGLE can be said to be a book about taking control of life and the power we all have to set ourselves free. Just like a bird.” 6 on the die. ” (Bergens Tidende)

Read an excerpt of the English version here (PDF, 403 kB)

Format 22 × 23 cm. 34 pages.

Martine Grande (b. 1985) works with animated films and children’s books. This is her fourth book.