Who Left the Light On?

Who Left the Light On_ by Richard Marnier - 9781632061898.jpg
Who Left the Light On_ by Richard Marnier - 9781632061898.jpg

Who Left the Light On?


By Richard Marnier

Illustrations by Aude Maurel

Translated from the French by Emma Ramadan

Yonder: Restless Books for Young Readers

Who Left the Light On? is a captivating picture book about creativity and diversity, in which a stranger moves to a city without surprises, and everything is turned upside down when he breaks the rules and leaves the light on. 

Book Details

Hardcover List Price: $21.99 • ISBN: 9781632061898 • Publication: 10/09/18 • 9” x 9” • 30 pages • Children’s Picture Book—Diversity • Ages: 3–6 • Territory: World English • eBook ISBN: 9781632061690

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About the Book

After returning from his travels to find his house in a sad state of disrepair, an inhabitant of a monotonous, same-same village decides to rebuild his home using all the beautiful things he’s collected throughout his voyages. What a scandal and an eyesore!—the neighbors in their grey-shuttered brick houses lament. But one day, one of them decides he might just follow suit, seeing as blue shutters actually look quite nice...



“A beautiful book .... characterized by respect and tolerance for difference and creativity.”


“The text, short and accurate, just hits the mark. The final conclusion is like a cherry on top of the cake. To savor!”



About the Author

A former student of visual arts, Richard Marnier is a writer and an artist. In his work, he mixes sculptures, drawings, and design with the conventions of writing and visual arts. Adept at children’s stories, he has published several books with the Seuil Jeunesse publisher, Les P’tits Bérets Édition, Frimousse Edition, and Edition du Rouergue.


About the Illustrator

A former student of the prestigious Ecole des Arts Appliqués and the Ecoles des Arts Décoratifs of Strasbourg, Aude Maurel has collaborated with Franco-German TV channel Arte. From animated film to still images and illustrations, she now creates her own children books, sometimes collaborating with her partner, author Richard Marnier. Aude likes to assemble words together, end to end, turning them into necklaces. She has thousands of stories to tell, some of which will become illustrated books.  


About the Translator

Emma Ramadan is a literary translator based in Providence, RI, where she will soon be opening Riffraff, a bookstore and bar. She is the recipient of an NEA Translation Fellowship, a PEN/Heim grant, and a Fulbright scholarship.