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Mom, Dad, Our Books, and Me
By (author): Danielle Marcotte Illustrated by: Josée Bisaillon
9781771472012 Hardcover, Dust jacket English, Translated from: French Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 3, Grade (US) from P - 3 JUVENILE FICTION / Books & Libraries Apr 15, 2016
$18.95 CAD
Active 8.25 x 10.75 x 0.44 in | 426 gr 32 pages Owlkids Books Inc.
Reading takes many forms. Some of us read novels, while others read cookbooks, sheet music, tarot cards, or even the stars in the sky. We read clocks, train schedules, and facial expressions. In this ode to reading, each form is celebrated. Mom, Dad, Our Books, and Me follows a young boy and those around him — parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and neighbors — as they all read, immersed in what moves them.

Vibrant, whimsical paper collage artwork depicts the colors and textures of the many places in which we read, from hammocks and bubble baths to park benches and waiting rooms. The diverse cityscapes and landscapes often include fanciful elements of imagination.

Mom, Dad, Our Books, and Me will leave young readers reveling in this newfound or soon-to-come skill that sparks new adventures and brings people together.

Danielle Marcotte was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1950. Following her university degree in literature, Danielle worked in many fields related to writing: journalism, teaching, scriptwriting, publishing, and work in the cultural sector. In 1984, Danielle began to write adult and children’s fiction. With her book Poil de serpent, dent d’araignée, Danielle received the Mr. Christie’s Book Award in 1997. The book also made IBBY’s honor list in 1998. Her children’s novel Les Sabots rouges was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2005. She currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Josée Bisaillon was born in 1982 in St-Hyacinthe, Quebec. When she was a little girl, she loved to draw cats and houses. She also cut out everything made of paper that she could find around her. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in graphic design in 2005. This is where she fell in love with illustration. Josée has won many awards, such as Applie Arts, LUX, American Illustration and Society of Illustrators. She was also shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Awards in 2008 and 2010. Josée lives in a nice little house in the suburbs of Montreal with her husband and their children. She still loves drawing cats and cutting out everything she can find made of paper.

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"A combination of collage, paint, and crayon illustrations offer detailed views of this family's many reading scenarios...philosophically astute." - Kirkus Reviews

"The many forms and ways of reading are joyously celebrated in "Mom, Dad, Our Books, and Me."" - Foreword Reviews

"A contemplative and poetic reflection on the pleasures of story." - Quill & Quire

"A librarian's dream." - School Library Journal

"A dream book for every parent and teacher and librarian... Danielle Marcotte imparts an important message in an inviting story...a book that all literacy advocates i.e., everyone, should be sharing." - CanLit for Little Canadians

"Gorgeous and sophisticated." - The New York Times

"A beautiful and inspiring book." - The Midwest Book Review

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