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My Bright Friend
By (author): Simon Boulerice Illustrated by: Marilyn Faucher Translated by: Sophie B. Watson
9781459821897 Hardcover, Picture book, Paper over boards English, Translated from: French Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Marriage & Divorce Sep 24, 2019
$19.95 CAD
Active 8.75 x 10.75 x 0.31 in | 440 gr 32 pages full color illustrations FSC certified – mixed sources C013314 Orca Book Publishers
 
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2020, Commended
Ludo finds a new friend in an unusual spot.

Now that his parents are separated, Ludo has two homes: one in the country with his mom, and the other in the city with his dad. The young boy doesn’t like leaving the countryside and his friends to go to his father’s apartment in the city, but he does find some entertainment in the flashing traffic lights on the street corner under his window. Ludo convinces himself (with the help of his father) that the lights are controlled by a tiny gentleman who sits inside the signal pole, flipping switches all day and night. Ludo starts sneaking out to leave food for the man, and he soon makes a new friend in the big city. A tender story, complemented by vibrant illustrations, that reminds us empathy and generosity are marvelous tools to overcome one’s troubles.

Award-winning Québécois author Simon Boulerice is a playwright, novelist, poet and children's book author. His picture book Florence & Léon (QuébecAmérique, published as Florence & Leon in English by Orca) was nominated for the 2016 Governor General's Award for French-language children's illustration. Inspired by the power of the imagination, Simon believes in the gift of time to let your mind wander...because you never know what it will come up with.

Born and raised in Montreal, Marilyn Faucher is an honors graduate of Université du Québec à Montréal's graphic design program, specializing in illustration. Her contemporary style brings a fresh perspective to traditional techniques, resulting in sensitive yet vibrant illustrations. Marilyn lives in a small town not far from Montreal with a cat named Feta.

Key Selling Points
Deals with loneliness and change.
Imagination is explored as a coping mechanism.
This is a story about how a child deals with his changing family dynamic after his parents separate, but it does not focus on the separation itself.
The author wrote Florence & Leon which was published for Fall 2018, and is becoming a cult hit.
The illustrator has a board book called My Love Is For You coming out in Spring 2019, authored by Susan Musgrave.

Marketing and Promo Plans

Print and online advertising campaigns
Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
Social media promotion
Outreach in Orca newsletter
Sponsored post on Book Riot

“Illustrations are lively and the colours fittingly bright and lush. The substantial text renders this a great picture book for older children, while still working as a read-aloud for younger kids. My Bright Friend quietly advances the notion that, more than overt lessons, kids need space to think, question, and imagine during sensitive times.” - Quill & Quire

“Excellent. Highly recommended for a quirky, yet touching read aloud.” - Reource Links

“This book would help any child dealing with their parents’ separating. It is an excellent choice for any elementary school library. Any family having changes in their lives may want to read this to celebrate new things.” - Must Read Literature: K thru YA

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Florence & Leon Simon Boulerice 9781459818224 $19.95 CAD Sep 04, 2018
My Love is For You Susan Musgrave 9781459818460 $9.95 CAD Mar 26, 2019

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