Dagfrid’s brother, Odalrik, has turned sixteen years old. For his birthday, he gets a sword and should be in training to be a great warrior, but all Dagfrid sees him doing is laying around. All the while, she not only has to do the cleaning and sewing, but has been given the “honor” of preparing the meal for the chief’s banquet. Come to find out, Odalrik is bored and would love to learn how to cook and sew so he’s not so bored all the time, but his lot in life as a male is to be a leader. Together, they decide it’s all nonsense, so, hiding behind their house, Odalrik helps Dagfrid with the banquet and not only feels useful, but is quite good at cooking.
Agnès Mathieu-Daudé was born in 1975 in Montpellier. After studying literature and history, she became a heritage curator. She writes novels for adults ( A Chilean sailor and L'ombre sur la lune ) and stories for everyone, which are illustrated by terribly talented people. She lives and works in Paris, with her children and a rabbit who devours her books.
Illustrator Olivier Tallec may be most well-known in the United States for his offbeat and fun picture books Who Done It? And Who Was That? He was born in Brittany, France. After graduating from the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Appliqués in Paris, he worked in advertising as a graphic designer, after which he devoted himself to illustration. Since then, he has done numerous illustrations for newspapers and magazines and has illustrated over 60 books for children.
"Readers of this French import will enjoy Dagfrid's modern, pragmatic mindset juxtaposed with the puerile, unquestioning adults--and that the kids tackle these conflicts themselves. Wily, undercutting narration translates drudgery into problem-solving."