Though the long and bitter custody battle over Caillou, that loveable and very bankable little character, has long been settled, it’s clear that bitter feelings remain. Though HélÃ¨ne Desputeaux, who first drew the grapefruit-headed munchkin, and Christine L’Heureux of Ã‰ditions Chouette, who wrote some of the early stories, agreed to split royalties back in 2005, after being told by a court-appointed arbitrator back in 1997 that each could claim to be the boy’s “mother” (Caillou has two moms!), Desputeaux still takes every opportunity to make clear the boy is hers.
Q&Q recently received a press release from desputeaux + aubin, the company Desputeaux set up with her husband, Michel Aubin, to publish her books, trumpeting a new, 20th anniversary edition of the first Caillou book. In it, we counted no less than 10 references to Caillou’s “genuine” lineage. Fun activity time: see if you can find them all!