Malo and the Merry-Go-Round/Mais où a filé Malo la musaraigne

A book that teaches the importance of saying “I’m sorry”, forgiveness, and friendship.

It’s a beautiful day and Malo has promised to help his best friend Poto to make pickles. But when Malo hears about a new merry-go-round in the forest, nothing else matters. Abandoning Poto, he rushes through the forest, ignoring a boar in need of help, snapping at a cuckoo, and squashing a dung beetle’s poop. When he finally finds the merry-go-round, Malo realises that riding alone is no fun at all. Lucky for Malo, his friend Poto not only forgives him, but also helps him make it up to the other forest animals. A delightfully offbeat tale, set in a whimsical forest of giant mushrooms and towering trees, teaching the importance of saying “I’m sorry”, forgiveness, and friendship.

Selfishness and rudeness lead only to loneliness in this joyously offbeat fable. Dek’s eccentric visual humor and playfulness make for an amusing parable.Publishers Weekly

Dek’s fablelike text offers enough detail that readers will be a step or two ahead of Malo as he learns his lesson (and they will love the slapstick). Its moral clarity, coupled with vibrant watercolor images against white space, makes this picture book a good text to use with groups. A warm story about the importance of companionship and forgiveness.Kirkus Reviews


Rights sold in English, Dutch and Thai.