Emilie Boré, Vincent

French, La Joie de Lire, 2022

At first sight, Jean-Blaise appears to be an ordinary cat: big green eyes, long whiskers, and a little pink nose. But don’t be fooled by appearances! Jean-Blaise sleeps sitting up, his head tilted and hidden by his left paw, like a heron. When he walks into a pond, he shakes his paws one after the other to drain them, like the little ducks do. These habits make him believe to be a bird. But it’s hard to be accepted when you are a cat who feels more bird-like than feline. And so it begins, a very peculiar quest for identity. Will Jean-Blaise be finally acknowledged as the bird he is? Jean-Blaise tackles with humour a very important topic: self-acceptance.

La Joie de Lire
Translation rights
Carina Diez Solari,
Publication date
April 2022

Author and Illustrator

Emilie Boré

Born in 1984 in France, Émilie Boré is a graduate of the École du Louvre and holds a Master’s degree in literature and art history. Active in writing and cultural communication, she has published two books for children: Contes saugrenus pour endormir les parents (Stentor, 2014) and Serge le loup blanc (Clochette, 2015).


Born in 1979 in Geneva, Vincent graduated from the Emile Cohl school in Lyon. In 2010, he became a press cartoonist for the French-speaking satirical newspaper “Vigousse.” He also works for the Geneva daily newspaper “Le Courrier” since 2014. He is also the author of comic strips including Rodger, l’enfance de l’art (co-written with Gérald Herrmann, published by Hermine, 2018).