Even in the tiny world of insects, city-life differs from life in the country. It is more dangerous and exciting and definitely not everyinsect’s cup of tea. Especially not Melodies, the little cricket, which was blown to the plot of the asphalt insects during one stormy night. She longs for home …

The members of the insect gang are of different migration backgrounds and live with a spider on a grassy strip in the big city. They would live happily together, if there weren’t this one dangerous enemy: the gigantic leaf vacuum. But this mighty enemy is their only means to get Melodie, their country visitor, back home … It is a dangerous undertaking for all of them, but in the end Melodie – with the help of her friends – returns safely to her green meadow.

Michael Frowin, the author of both this book and the libretto of the eponymous children’s opera, premiered at Berlin´s Komische Oper in October 2011, touches on the spirit and attitude of modern city children. Joëlle Tourlonias has given each of the children-insects their individual and unmistakable shape.

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Joëlle Tourlonias

Joëlle Tourlonias, born in 1985, studied visual communication (majoring in illustration and painting) at the Bauhaus University of Weimar. Since 2009 she has been living in Essen as a freelance artist. In spring 2011 Jacoby & Stuart published her first picture book: Visiting Grandma which has been awarded the Bad Iburger Schlossgeschichten price as best newcomer.

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