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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories


by (author) Julie Massy

illustrated by Pascale Bonenfant

translated by Charles Simard

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Apr 2023
Humorous Stories, General, Imagination & Play
Recommended Age
3 to 5
Recommended Grade
p to k
Recommended Reading age
3 to 5
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    Publish Date
    Apr 2023
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    Apr 2023
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Tap the page, shake the book, shout, clap and imagine a silly world of before-and-afters in this interactive picture book.

What happens when you knock on an egg? Flip a plate of sloppy spaghetti? Clap your hands near a tree full of birds?...OOPS! When children might otherwise be encouraged to be careful or quiet, in Oops! they are invited to explore cause and effect in mischievous scenarios without the real-life consequences. The results are often surprising and always fun!

About the authors

Julie Massy studied art and design and has been an art director and designer of books of all kinds, including children’s books, novels, cookbooks and coffee table books, for almost ten years at La courte échelle in Montréal.

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Pascale Bonenfant uses drawing, collage, watercolors and sometimes screen printing to create her playful works of art. In the last few years her work has appeared in a wide range of exhibitions and publications, including more than a dozen books. Her first book, Le parapluie jaune, written by Lili Chartrand, won third prize in the prestigious Concours Lux 2011 (Livre Jeunesse). Originally from Rimouski, Quebec, Pascale now teaches graphic design in Quebec City.

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Charles Simard is a Québécois editor and translator from Montréal, also known as Tiohtià:ke and Mooniyaang. He works as poetry, fiction, and non-fiction editor for Talonbooks in Vancouver on Coast Salish Territory. His published work includes the essay Littérature, analyse et forme: Herbert, Tolkien, Borges, Eco (EUE, 2010) and a number of translations for Orca Book Publishers, including Elise Gravel’s The Wrench and Myriam Daguzan Bernier’s dictionary of sexuality, Naked. As a lexicographer, he has collaborated on the making of the popular linguistic suite Antidote in its bilingual editions. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in comparative literature from Université de Montréal and was a postdoctoral fellow at the City University of New York’s Graduate
Center. His doctoral and postdoctoral publications focused on the poetics of avant-garde composer and writer John Cage. He lives in Montréal, Québec.

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  • Commended, Toronto Public Library (TPL) Ready for Reading First and Best List
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens

Editorial Reviews

“Illustrations suit the text well and are big and bold, which is great for young eyes. The interactivity and predictability of ‘oops’ on every other page makes this a good read aloud... Encourages the children to interact with what is on the pages and see what happens next… we can leave our own impact— sometimes it's just messy!”

Children's Literature

“Presents a new way for parents and children alike to understand how to deal with accidents without expressing negative emotions...A must-have for all children’s collections. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Kids are allowed to indulge in a cathartic release of naughty inclinations…As unapologetic as it is gleeful. Rule abiders need not apply.”

Kirkus Reviews

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