Academic journal article Language Arts

Hello, Mr. Hulot

Academic journal article Language Arts

Hello, Mr. Hulot

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Hello, Mr. Hulot Written and illustrated by David Merveille according to Jacques Tati NorthSouth, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-0- 7358- 4135- 2

Originally published in France, Mr. Hulot manages to get into hilarious and ridiculous predicaments. Mr. Hulot is portrayed in a wrinkled coat, short trousers, striped socks, hat, pipe, and holding an umbrella. Filmmaker Jacques Tati brought Monsieur Hulot to film in the The Big Day (1949), and David Merveille decided to put Mr. Hulot to paper by creating 22 comic-strip vignettes for this picturebook. Each story is illustrated in a couple of panels with few words, then the conclusion, or punch line, is on the next page in one large single illustration. One example titled "Hulot the plumber" depicts him trying to fix a drip under his kitchen sink. …

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