In France, a theme park inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupery's timeless classic "The Little Prince" opened this week giving visitors a chance to recall the author's claim that "all grown-ups were children first".
The Little Prince Park hopes to draw 150,000 visitors a year with its hot air balloons, slides, live foxes and sheep and hi-tech learning tools based around the surreal tale of a golden-haired boy who lives on a planet a little larger than himself.
"Our target audience is children between two and 12 years-old, as well as every adult who remembers that they were once a child," said Jerome Giacomoni, one of the creators of the project near the French border with Germany.
The poetic novella about friendship, love and loss is one of the best-selling books of all time.
"The Little Prince is more than a brand, it is a set of values," said Giacomoni.
The park is centred around two anchored hot air ballons -- a nod to the succession of planets visited by the storybook hero -- which will hoist visitors 150 metres (500 feet) into the sky to enjoy views over the Vosges Mountains.
Back on solid ground, attractions range from the natural -- petting animals -- to the cutting edge, with a 3D cinema and an interactive dialogue with computer-generated book characters.
Children can even play in a real biplane, recalling the exploits of seasoned pilot Saint-Exupery, who disappeared on a solo mission in 1944.
The Saint-Exupery family granted the rights for the park, the latest in a string of Little Prince-themed projects with an opera and feature length film also in the works.