Not everyone is a morning person, and Good Morning, Grumple is a story in rhyme that offers a solution to those grumpy feelings that overtake many of us when forced to greet another new day. Written by Victoria Allenby and illustrated using a combination of mixed media and collage by Manon Gauthier, this picture book introduces us to Grumple at his worst. When it comes to waking up, Grumple fights it all the way. He squirms, he twists, he flops, and grumbles; his cute little rosy-cheeked face wears a permanent scowl.
Good Morning, Grumple
Illustrated by Manon Gauthier
From the opening pages of the charming urban tale Colette’s Lost Pet, we are drawn into a bird’s-eye view of the back alleys of Montreal’s Mile End neighbourhood. The rectangular garden spaces that line the alleyways are as unique and diverse as its population. Isabelle Arsenault’s pencil, watercolour, and ink drawings take us into these backyard places where children spend their summer days: a full-on vegetable patch, a tropical paradise of potted plants arranged around a stone fountain, or a hard dirt track for remote controlled cars. It is in one of these rectangular garden spaces – the only yellow rectangles amidst a scene otherwise painted in grey and black – that the story begins. We see an empty packing box and hear Colette’s mother’s stressed out response to her daughter’s latest demand for a pet. It’s moving day and Colette is promptly ordered out of her new apartment and sent off to make friends.
Colette’s Lost Pet
Short Stories for Little Monsters Groundwood Books
Short Stories for Little Monsters
Tired of books that perpetuate the myth that all little girls aspire to sugar and spice and everything nice? Meet Olga, the heroine of Olga and The Smelly Thing from Nowhere, Elise Gravel’s combination graphic novel and chapter book for eight- to twelve-year-olds. Unlike her enemies, the pop-culture obsessed Shalala and Farla, Olga saves her passion and energy for the observation and protection of animals. For Olga, Rita, the French-speaking spider who lives under the sink, is a far superior choice for a friend than any of the annoying and self-absorbed humans around her. When Olga finds Meh, an unidentifiable being that looks like a cross between an inflated hamster and a potato drawn by a three-year-old, she thinks she has found not only her very own new species but also a soulmate who will make up for her lack of human friends. So when Meh disappears, Olga must do everything she can to find her missing smelly, rainbow Skittle–pooping buddy.
Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere
In Lightning Lou, twelve-year-old Lou is a talented young hockey player in early twentieth-century Quebec with a dream of leaving provincial Saint-Christophe to work his way up through the amateurs and onward to the big leagues. It is a dream he shares with his charismatic older brother and hockey mentor Georges. But when World War I breaks out, Georges signs up against their father’s wishes and Lou is left behind, afraid that now his dreams of hockey fame and fortune will never come true. Georges is no longer around to help Lou and because so many young men are being sent overseas, amateur hockey has largely been put on hold. But then Monsieur Robichaud turns up in Saint-Christophe to recruit girls for the amateur Montreal Bakers women’s team. Despite the loss of the young men’s teams, Quebec is still hungry for hockey and any girl who makes it on the Bakers gets a ticket to Montreal and an invitation to a glamorous and exciting life in the city. When Coach Robichaud mistakes Lou for a girl, it doesn’t take much for Lou to decide to keep up the pretense and join the Bakers.
Dancing Cat Books