My Valley | Book Review

My Valley is a breathtaking story that has been translated from French that brings you on an enchanted journey. Ponti does it again in this marvelous children’s story.
~ Momma Braga


In My Valley, Claude Ponti leads us on a journey through an enchanted world inhabited by tiny, adorable, monkey-like creatures called “Twims.” This is a place where uprooted buildings soar through the sky, trees keep the secrets you whisper to them, magic seeds grow into huge ships, and singing stones make children’s wishes come true.

Ponti himself has said, “My stories are like fairytales, always situated in the marvelous, speaking to the interior life and emotions of children. That way each child can get what they want out of the images: the characters and dreams are their own.


My Valley has captivated our imagination and hearts through this unique children’s story. Take a journey through the valley and take a deep dive with the Twims. The details are so amazing that you can’t help but feel that you have immersed yourself in the valley.

No detail was missed throughout the book as you get to know the world of Twims in the most magical way. It truly captivates your attention as a child or even as an adult. We loved the subtitles in the book as it prepared us for what we were about to read next!

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give My Valley 5 stars out of 5! A unique story that truly allowed the reader to enter a world like no other. The ability to immerse yourself into a whole new world, is truly magical and Ponti did it again with this beautiful story. A must read!

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About the Author and Illustrator

Claude Ponti is a French illustrator and children’s author known for his inventive and playful use of words and the symbolic nature of his illustrations. His first book, L’Album d’Adèle, written for his newborn daughter, already displays the associative and dream-like presentation of children’s interior lives that characterizes many of his works. Ponti was awarded the 2006 Sorcières Spécial prize for his contribution to literature, which now includes over seventy books of all types and for all ages. Elsewhere Editions has published three books written and illustrated by Claude Ponti: Blaze and the Castle Cake for Bertha Daye, My Valley, and Hīznobyūtī.

Along with My Valley and HīznobyūtīAlyson Waters has co-translated Ponti’s Blaze and the Castle Cake for Bertha Daye and Ponti’s forthcoming Meeselphe, with her daughter Margot Kerlidou. She is also the translator of Jean Giono, Louis Aragon, Eric Chevillard, Rene Belletto, Yasmina Khadra, and many others. She has received an NEA Translation Fellowship, a PEN Translation Fund grant, and the 2020 French-American Translation Prize. She lives in Brooklyn.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

~ Momma Braga

*Please note that this book was provided in exchange of an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

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