The latest Asterix book sees Asterix and Obelix celebrating their joint birthday party back in the Gaulish village - and some surprise guests have been invited! Meanwhile, Julius Caesar has to deal with his old enemy Pompey, who is looking for supporters among the legions stationed in Gaul.
And just what part do two old friends play in the story - Tremensdelirius, from Asterix and Caesar's Gift, and the lovely Panacea, first encountered in Asterix and the Legionary? After many exciting adventures, all is revealed.
On returning to the village, our heroes meet an actress who plays tragic roles and looks just like Panacea. Responding to readers' huge appreciation of Panacea, who has been played in the meantime by Laetitia Casta in a film, the author now gives us two Panaceas in the same album.
The spirit of the series is fully respected, and the legend lives on. The album is even more successful than the previous one. With tailor-made public relations and appropriate marketing, Asterix remains a unique hero.
Asterix and the Actress is the album in which we meet Asterix and Obelix's parents for the first time. Well, not so sure: we've already come across them in a short 4-page story about the day when Asterix and Obelix were born. This was brought out by Albert Uderzo to celebrate the 35th birthday of the heroes he had created with his friend René Goscinny.
About The Author
Rene Goscinny was born in Paris in 1926, and spent most of his childhood in Argentina, before eventually moving to Paris in 1951. He died in 1977. Albert Uderzo was born in 1927 in a small village in Marne, France. He met Rene Goscinny in 1951 and on 29 October 1959 their most famous creation, Asterix, made his first appearance on page 20 of PILOTE. ASTERIX THE GAUL their first album, was published in 1961 and there have now been 33 Asterix albums. Rene Goscinny was born in Paris in 1926, and spent most of his childhood in Argentina, before eventually moving to Paris in 1951. He died in 1977.
This latest volume featuring our Gallic friend Asterix has been a long time in the preparation, but his legion of fans will find it was well worth waiting for. As ever the cartoons are miniature works of art and the dialogue is both hilarious and pungently satirical. The story opens with a birthday celebration for Asterix and his pal Obelix. All is going riotously until the arrival of two matchmaking mothers bearing gifts. The gifts prove to be the problem - they're nicked from the somewhat disgruntled Pompey who aims to get them back. Soon the eponymous actress is on their trail - will Asterix fall for her luscious charms? Nothing about the riotous plot is simple and the ending comes with an especially witty twist. The illustrations are as detailed and inventive as we've come to expect, and this episode rightly takes its place among Asterix's many other classic adventures. (Kirkus UK)
For Ages: 7+ years old
For Grades: 6 - 9
Number Of Pages: 48
Published: August 2002
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Country of Publication: GB
Volume Number: 31
Dimensions (cm): 28.7 x 21.7 x 0.4
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1