Eugene and the Tree

Thibaut Rassat

Original Title
Mauvaise herbe
Published
La Pastèque, 2020
Genre
Picture books
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Eugene and the Tree

Thibaut Rassat

Eugene is an architect. He likes when things are straight, precise, accurate. The new building that he is designing is all about balance and stability. One day, after a big storm, he discovers that a tree has pushed its way into the middle of the construction site! Despite everything he has always believed in, he decides to keep the tree where it is and changes his plans. There’s no straight line in sight, but the tree is saved, and Eugene discovers that there is a world beyond straight lines and rigorous designs. His building becomes a home for everyone: people, dogs, insects…

This story, simple on its surface, invites the reader to think about what architecture is all about, opening up for discussions about aesthetics, creativity and the environment, as well as the more social aspects of architecture.

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