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Franco-Belgian comic character Bécassine

Bécassine series books

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Bécassine book series
Between 1913 and 1939 over 20 French-language comic books of Bécassine's adventures were published by Gautier-Languereau. The series, written by Maurice Languereau (under the pseudonym of 'Caumery') and illustrated by Joseph Pinchon, covers the time of her childhood through her daily life as housemaid and nanny, and a number of adventures as she travels the world.

Bécassine in many ways resembles Amelia Bedelia, another nanny character who has likewise misunderstands the world around her since her creation in 1963 by Peggy Parish.

The books themselves are quite simply illustrated with lineart in four to six colour tones. There is little to no shading or fine detail to the art. Each "panel" is a grouping of characters with a caption underneath, and there are several "panels" per page including an inset or two. That said, the characters are wonderfully detailed and expressive.

These books can be difficult to find since many are out of print. Some great places to buy used books online include:

Books in the Bécassine series

L'enfance de Bécassine
1913
 
Bécassine Pendant la Grande Guerre
1916
 
Bécassine Chez Les Allies
1917
Bécassine Mobilisée
1918
 
Bécassine En Apprentissage
1919
 
Bécassine Chez Les Turcs
1919
Les Cent Metiers de Bécassine
1920
 
Bécassine Voyage
1921
 
Bécassine Nourrice
1922
Bécassine Alpiniste
1923
 
Les Bonnes Idees de Becassine
1924
 
Bécassine Au Pays Basque
1925
Bécassine Son Oncle et Leurs Amis
1926
 
L'automobile de Bécassine
1927
 
Bécassine au Pensionnat
1929
Bécassine en Aéroplane
1930
 
Bécassine Fait du Scoutisme
1931
 
Bécassine aux Bains de Mer
1932
Bécassine Dans la Neige
1933
 
Bécassine Prend des Pensionnaires
1934
 
Bécassine a Clocher-Les-Bécasses
1935
Bécassine en Croisière
1936
 
Bécassine Cherche un Emploi
1937
 
Les Mésaventures de Bécassine
1938
Bécassine en Roulotte
1939
 
Bécassine au Studio
1942
 
Bécassine Maîtresse d'Ecole
1921
Les Chansons de Bécassine
1927
 
Bécassine Revient
1959
 
Bécassine Mène l'Enquête
1962

L'Alphabet de Bécassine
1961

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