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PENNAC, Daniel

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature

Daniel Hahn

PENNAC, Daniel (1944– ) French writer 

of novels and non-fiction for adults and fiction for children, and a former schoolteacher, born (Daniel Pennacchioni) in Casablanca. His children’s fiction includes Cabot-Caboche (1982, English translation Dog, 2002), L’œil du loup (1984; Eye of the Wolf, 2002, winner of the 2005 Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation), and the Kamo series (from 1992) including L’évasion de Kamo (1997; Kamo’s Escape, 2004). He is also the author of Comme un roman (1992; The Rights of the Reader, 2006, with illustrations by Quentin Blake), a wise, personal, and sometimes subversive essay celebrating reading and incorporating a ten-point manifesto, ‘The Rights of the Reader’; and Chagrin d’école (2007; School Blues, 2010), which takes his own teaching experience as a starting point for an impassioned plea for sympathy and creativity in education. His smart, playful prose is translated into English by Sarah Ardizzone.