Jeannette is ten years old today. She and her mother have big plans for the day: they will go on trip to see Eleanore, a crocodile found in Paris’ sewers and taken in by the zoo in Brittany. Since she heard about the story of Eleanore, Jeannette hasn’t wanted any other gift. But in the small spa town where they live, where the factories are closing, where people are fighting to pay the bills, not to drink too much, to try to be happy sometimes, what are the dreams of little girls worth? The meeting with this crocodile could be for her eleventh, twelfth or thirteenth birthday... We never think it could be too late.
Jeannette et le crocodile delivers a poignant chronicle of the lives of a few characters who try to dream of the future despite the infinite harshness of a world of failure and pretense. Once again, Séverine Chevalier offers us a deeply moving novel full of humanity.