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Book Series

Les Pyjamasques, now known as Pyjamasques, is a picture book series by the French author Romuald Racioppo on March 29, 2007. The series began on March 29, 2007 with the release of Les Pyjamasques et le Grogarou, the books are published by Gallimard Jeunesse. The book series is inspired from the Batman DC comic series.


Premise

Les Pyjamasques are three superheroes who are not afraid.

When midnight rings, the three inseparable put on their pajamas and wander in the night, instead of being in their bed.

Thanks to their strange pajamas, they find themselves endowed with special powers: Yoyo bounces like a rubber ball, Gluglu runs on the walls without ever breaking his face, and Bibou, with his wings, flies into the sky!

Thanks to their tenacity and courage, they live extraordinary adventures without ever losing their good humor!

Alternate

When midnight rings, Yoyo, Gluglu and Bibou put on their pajamas and wander in the night.

Superheroes, Les Pyjamasques are endowed with special gifts that they owe to their strange pajamas: Gluglu sticks, Bibou flies and Yoyo bounces like a ball.

Development

Development on Les Pyjamasques picture book series are dated back when Romuald Racioppo drew an early image of three prototypes of Yoyo which were intended to be the original characters of Les Pyjamasques as he claimed in his Facebook account to be the very first Pyjamasques drawing. He also came up with the creative idea for the series by getting inspiration from his childhood experience on what happens during in the night, how he felt like a hero and the similar events he would experience.

Eventually, as development progressed on the creation of Les Pyjamasques picture book series, Romuald Racioppo then created Bibou and Gluglu, and a refined version of Yoyo which would replace the prototype versions of Yoyo. And the first Pyjamasques stories debuted in 2007, together with the first merchandising.

With the popularity of Les Pyjamasques came the expansion of merchandising of the series to book fairs in which Romuald Racioppo would sign the person's name at a page with a drawn illustration of a Pyjamasques character. Then games, models and toys of the characters were created when Les Pyjamasques got itself a television series, as well as the books of Les Pyjamasques that would be expanded to focus on the television universe.

Since 2017, Romuald Racioppo would start expanding the picture book series to have a series of coloring pages, a giant coloring wall, mini-libraries and books containing more than one existing story.

Characters

Books

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Spin-offs

The success of Les Pyjamasques book franchise has led to other merchandise being produced.

PJ Masks

PJ Masks is a British-French-Canadian animated television series that was first broadcast in September 18, 2015. It follows on the adventures of the descendant counterparts of Les Pyjamasques; Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, who save the day by fighting against villains. The plots and settings very loosely followed the timeline of the actual picture book series, and it had a dark and mysterious atmosphere with vigilante themes instead of having a light atmosphere with fantasy-based settings.

Coloring Pages

Les Pyjamasques Coloring Pages

Les Pyjamasques coloring wall is a giant coloring page created by Romuald Racioppo that was put on display sometime in 2017. It features the entire characters that are part of the picture book series.

TV Series Connections

While the books are published as a continuous series, there is a notable difference between the first 18 books, and the books from 19 onwards.

These differences include:

  • Certain characters getting more visual connections to their designs and the addition of new characters that directly reference the PJ Masks TV series.
  • The storyline gets a "soft reboot", and is changed to be more reminiscent to Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir.
  • A slight shift in atmosphere.
  • The original art style of the picture book series has shifted slightly to be combined with TV series art style.

The first 18 books are thus referred to as the "Original" universe, and the books from 19 as the "Soft Reboot" universe.

Trivia

  • In 2011, Romuald Racioppo would state in a message that corresponds well to the mood of Les Pyjamasques is that he'd sold an original illustration of Les Pyjamasques for a Chanee-led association known as KALAWEIT who is protecting a Indonesian primary forest and the animal species that live there. Romuald Racioppo would also have the opportunity to spend a month in Indonesia with Chanee.
  • Some of the books shown that Romuald's illustrations of the characters are illustrated separately.
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