The pupil Ducoboo is really the king of the dunces: In addition to accumulating "0 out of 10" points, he also claims for his school friends and himself the right to do nothing and to sleep at the back of the class. In his yellow-and-black striped clothes, Ducoboo is a bit of a "school outlaw" but above all he is a nightmare for his teacher, Mr. Latouche!
A new year approaches for pitifully inept student Ducoboo, dunce extraordinaire and notorious troublemaker. A whole year of enduring Mr Latouche's punishments, of sharing the dunce cap with Skelly, the biology class skeleton, and of course of waging merciless war on his deskmate, top student Leonie, who refuses to let him copy her answers. But behind the dim-witted clown's facade, could Ducoboo be hiding a loyal heart?
Ducoboo's life isn't easy. Being the king of dunces-while still managing to avoid wearing the «crown» too often-takes work, dedication, and an awful lot of imagination. It also takes a proper target: Leonie, the gifted girl who doesn't like to share her answers with His Majesty. It's a constant war of wits between these two, under the disbelieving eye of the long-suffering teacher, fought with wigs, cameras and magical pencil-sharpeners. And when school's over, the beach is the new battlefield!
- 19 Juin 2008
What would a class be without a dunce? A bit like a curry without spice. And Ducoboo sure spices up his fellow pupils' days. Not one lesson goes by without flavour--with him, school is an endless string of break-times. Of course, there's always Leonie, the terribly gifted girl who doesn't put up with Ducoboo's messing and doesn't believe in sharing knowledge. Of course, there's also the teacher, whose index finger turns out to be more threatening than ever. No, school life isn't one long, smooth ride: For some, the school year is perhaps the most dangerous time of all!
It's not by counting the flies on the ceiling that one becomes a star in maths... And one must be really resourceful to avoid the beckoning finger of the teacher and the humiliation of the dunce cap! And Leonie, who still detests copiers... So, Ducoboo invents the answers that he can't steal from his neighbour. He has cause to regret doing so because, although very fertile, his imagination plays tricks on him and he often ends up «In the Corner»!