Manon et Benoît is the first in a series of graphic novels designed specifically for beginners. Each novel features simplified, core vocabulary and every word in French is defined in English on the bottom of the page. There is also a picture on every page, making it easier for reluctant readers to visualize the plot of the novel. Manon et Benoît is an excellent series of “bridge novels” to help students discover the power of reading in their second language. The series is appropriate for all ages.
Plot summary: Manon moves into a new apartment complex and develops a friendship with Benoît. The two encourage each other to cultivate new interests and find new friends.
Also available in Spanish. Coming soon in German
“Just wanted to let you know that we just finished reading your new graphic novel in my online level 2 class. It was a big hit with these high schoolers who come from varied and often poor language experiences. I really enjoyed it too. Having every word translated made it a perfect first book! Most importantly, I think everyone can relate to some aspect of that book!” – Odile M.