In my last post I was struck by the fact that most of the people who commented had never heard of English author, Enid Blyton, 11 August 1897 - 28 November 1968 Then I thought of another English author, J.K. Rowling and marveled at how times have changed. Aah the wonders of modern technology in the information age!
Then a comment by Carma about her love of Mad Magazine reminded me of another series I enjoyed, except I encountered these as a seventeen year old on my summer trip to France. I found a stack of these books in my assigned room, they were entitled Asterix and Obelix
In case you don't know, Asterix and Obelix is a French comic series about the star, Asterix and his rotund friend Obelix. They are Gauls whose exploits focus on fighting off Julius Caesar's forces who attempt repeatedly to occupy their little village. Magic potions, superhero abilities and wild boar feature often in this "band dessinée" which I read to enhance my understanding of french idioms.
Of course having left France I never saw those books in a bookstore again but one day I saw them in my library in English and can you guess what I did? That's right, I borrowed them for my son. As they are seemingly the precursor to the modern graphic novel it is no surprise that many adults love them too.