Star: The Bird Who Inspired Mozart

Star: The Bird Who Inspired Mozartis based on the true story of how Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the world’s most remarkable musicians, was inspired by one of the world’s most unremarkable birds: a starling.

In this charming picture book, author Mireille Messier tells the story of a very special relationship and how it began: with a chance musical encounter. And Matte Stephens’s playful art captures both the grandeur of 18th century Vienna and the budding unlikely friendship between a famous musician and a humble starling.

Star: The Bird Who Inspired Mozart
Tundra, October 2022
Story by Mireille Messier
Illustrations by Matte Stephens
36 pages

ISBN: 9780735266896
Hardcover
$23.99

Themes : Classical music, bird, pet, friendship, inspiration, History, true story, biography
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Tom-Aime-Tout

Tom loves everything!

Even the things that most kids do NOT love, like tofu and turtlenecks and dandelions and rainy days. These short, fun, rhyming poems are Tom’s perfect ode to the everyday unloved.

« Bonjour! Je suis Tom-Aime-Tout!
Car oui, en effet j’aime tout, tout TOUT!
Voici des poèmes que j’ai inventés
Pour célébrer certains mal-aimés!»

Tom-Aime-Tout
Éditions Tête Haute, August 2022
Text Mireille Messier
Illustrations Alice Lemelin
36 pages

ISBN: 978-2-924860-34-2
Soft cover
$13.95

Themes : Poetry, poem, ode, everyday, love, humour
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Je déteste les moustiques, mais…

Papy calls them skeeters.
Mom calls them mosquitoes.
I don’t call them at all.
But still they come and… I HATE THEM!

Mosquitoes do have a way of ruining nice summer evenings, but they are useful and important to the ecosystem.

Discover how and why mosquitoes are important for flowers, fish, frogs and bats. And maybe in other ways we haven’t even thought of yet!

Bzz-bzz-bzz!

Je déteste les moustiques, mais… (in French only, for now!)
Éditions de l’Isatis, collection Clin d’oeil, April 2022
Story by Mireille Messier
Illustrations by Catherine Petit
32 pages
3 +
ISBN : 978-2925-088615
Hardcover
$13.95

Themes : Insects, environement, nature, non-fiction, ecosystem
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Nutcracker Night

Beep! Beep! go the taxis. Voof! go the velvet curtains. The Nutcracker ballet and New York City’s David H. Koch Theater come to life in this onomatopoeic representation of a little girl’s experience at the ballet. From the swish of her dress and the tick-tick-tick of the conductor’s baton to the twelve bongs of the clock and the pitter-patter of dancers’ feet, this special evening is filled with sensory treats for the eyes and especially the ears.

Nutcracker Night
Pajama Press, Fall 2019
Story by Mireille Messier
Illustrations by Gabrielle Grimard
40 pages
3-8 years old
ISBN : 978-1-77278-091-8
Jacketed hadcover
$22.95

French version now available!
“La magie de Casse-Noisette” (Éditions Scholastic)

Themes: dance, ballet, sound words, performing arts, holidays, STEAM

Awards and Honours:
2019 Northern Lights Book Award: The Arts Winner

Reviews for Nutcracker Night:

“A sprightly introduction to the classic Christmas ballet….The spare text…[delivers] the story through a series of combinations of expertly chosen onomatopoeia and dialogue guiding readers from the anticipation of the ballet through its first act, intermission, the second act, the curtain call, and the child narrator’s closing, appreciative ‘Smooch!’ of thanks to her dad. Sure to elicit the storytime equivalent of ‘encore’ at Christmastime and beyond.”—Kirkus Reviews

“This vibrant tribute to a holiday tradition follows a sensory-filled adventure to a Nutcracker performance….A charming entrée for ballet-bound children.”—Publishers Weekly

“A good primer to complement a child’s first time seeing The Nutcracker and, for those familiar with it, a fresh take on a classic.”—The Horn Book Magazine

“Experience Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker through the eyes of a young girl attending the ballet in this fresh rendition of the beloved classic…The sights and sounds of the theater are center stage; musicians, dancers, and a lively audience interact through the onomatopoetic text.”—Foreword Reviews

Nutcracker Night captures the magic of a young school-aged child’s visit to the ballet with her father. The Nutcracker, a classic ballet, comes to life as a true auditory experience….The pen and ink with watercolour illustrations are both detailed and energetic….Highly Recommended.”—CM Magazine

“The onomatopoeic sounds bring the excitement of the night to life along with the beautiful illustrations rendered in watercolor, gouache, oil, colored pencil and digital media….This is a wonderful introduction to the ballet for young readers and will be enjoyed by fans of the holiday classic.”—Youth Services Book Review

“This delightful picture book would make a lovely December gift for a young child….The pictures here are charming, bringing the characters, audience members, musicians, and dancers to life. We see the rosy cheeks, the children awed by the night and the ones eager for more. There are many children, as would be expected for this ballet, and lots of ages of adults. Fathers and mothers, diversity of people, and a range of festive attire….Beautifully done.”—Canadian Bookworm

“[T]his beautifully illustrated book by Gabrielle Grimard are all the sounds a little girl hears as she attends the ballet with her dad….I haven’t had the privilege to attend a performance of the Nutcracker, but based on this book, I can imagine how beautiful it is.”—Booktime

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Sergeant Billy: The True Story of the Goat Who Went to War

This is the delightful tale of a brave war hero… who was a goat!

During World War I, a goat named Billy was adopted by a platoon of soldiers and became their loyal mascot.

Billy . . .

  • Trained with the soldiers
  • Was smuggled across the ocean
  • Got snuck into the frontlines in a crate of oranges
  • Ate some secret documents and was imprisoned for treason
  • Got trench foot
  • Head-butted soldiers into a trench, saving their lives
  • Was promoted to the rank of sergeant and came back home a decorated war hero!

This charming true story follows Sergeant Billy from his small prairie town in Saskatchewan to the trenches of World War I and back, through harrowing moments but also moments of camaraderie and celebration. This unforgettable goat and the platoon that loved him will capture your heart!

Themes: military, world war I, service animal, true story, biography, historical

Sergeant Billy: The True Story of the Goat who Went to War
Tundra Books/Penduin Random House, Fall 2019
Story by Mireille Messier
Illustrations by Kass Reich
40 pages
4-10 years old
ISBN : 9-780-73526-442-7
Jacketed hadcover
$21.99
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Reviews

“Messier’s smooth, well-paced text and Reich’s muted gouache illustrations in warlike tones of olive and brown well convey the poignancy and humor of the story.” – KIRKUS REVIEW

“Mireille Messier takes young readers beyond the mud and blood of World War I with her rollicking humanizing tale of a goat and the soldiers who cared for it.” – Canadian Material Review, Highly recommended

“Messier and Reich deserve a medal for their ambitious work.” – Imaginary Elevators

Awards and Distinctions

Winner, Hackmatack Awards in the English non-fiction category (2021-2022)
Winner, OLA Forest of Reading Prix Mélèze Award (French edition) (2020-2021)
Finalist, Shining Willow, Saskatchewan’s Young Readers’ Choice Award, (2021)
Winner, Rocky Mountain Book Award, Alberta’s Young Readers’ Choice Award (2020)
Winner, Comstock Read-Aloud Book Award (2020)
Winner, Christopher Award for best children’s book (2020)

 

Treasure

When two siblings go on a treasure hunt, they aren’t sure exactly what kind of treasure they are looking for. What they do know is that treasures are shiny, mysterious and precious. And that all the really good treasures are hidden!

As they explore the forest, their curiosity pays off when they find the biggest, shiniest, most mysterious and precious treasure.

Told exclusively in dialogue, the story encourages readers to look for the small, everyday treasures that surround us. This beautifully illustrated picture book exudes a sense of wonder at the natural world and emphasizes the magical qualities of looking through a child’s eye.

Also available in French as Trésor.

Themes: nature, environment, water, adventure, siblings, treasure hunt, exploration

Endorsments for Treasure:
“Treasure reminds us that although we might not always find what we are looking for, we might discover something even more magical—a connection to nature and our Earth.”
— Autumn Peltier, First Nations Youth Water Advocate

“A wonderful way of rediscovering ancient, life-giving treasures.”
—David Suzuki, Scientist and Broadcaster

Awards and Honours:
2019 Kirkus Best Picture Books
2020 Prix AAOF de littérature jeunesse, finalist (French version)

Reviews for Treasure:
“A gentle exploration, using a child’s words and told at a child’s pace, of a marvelous world.” – Starred review, KIRKUS
Treasure
Orca Book Publisher, Fall 2019
Story by Mireille Messier
Illustrations by Irene Luxbacher
32 pages
3-8 years old
ISBN : 978-1-45981-734-0
Jacketed hadcover
$19.95
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Tellement sauvage!

When a family of campers forgets a backpack outside their tent overnight, the woodland animals have a wild time exploring its contents.

Tellement sauvage! (So Wild!) is a cheeky camping story where the reader is aware of the funny goings-on with the nocturnal animals while the humans of the story are not.

It is also a fun introductions to many French language expressions and to woodland animals of Canada.

Themes: nocturnal animals, night, camping, French language expressions.

TELLEMENT SAUVAGE! (So Wild!)
Éditions D’EUX, 2018
Story by Mireille Messier
Illustrations by France Cormier
32 pages
3+ (JK-2)
ISBN : 978-2-924645-24-6
Hardcover
$22.95

Also available in italian and in german!

 

 

 

 

Awards and Honours:

2020 Honour Book for Prix Peuplier, Forest of Reading, OLA

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Toronto Comics – Osgoode as Gold

Osgoode as Gold is the 5th volume of this mind-bending yearly comics anthology featuring 24 Toronto-inspired stories (including mine, entitled The Flood and illustrated by the very talented Ally Rom Colthoff!).

Osgoode as Gold is my first foray into the world of comics – and what an amazing experience it has been! It is also the first time that my daughter Viviane and I got to work on the same book! She is the illustrator of one of the fake ad pages in the book! #proudmama

Whether you’re a long-time fan of comics or a first-time reader, there’s a story in here for you!

TORONTO COMICS – OSGOODE AS GOLD
TO Comix, 2018
Anthology, 24 stories by 52 local creators
200 pages
Teen +
ISBN : 978-0-994-93746-9
Softcover
$20

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À qui le coco?

A wonderful walk through a springtime forest
offers an opportunity to discover all the birds
that surround us, along with their nests and various coloured eggs. Half poetry, half docu-
mentary, this short introduction to ornithology is great for children and parents alike.

• Extensive research, but adapted to the
needs of young readers.

• Smart, elegant, highly-realistic illustrations
to match the text.

• A fun, rhyming text that teaches us a great
deal about birds.

À QUI LE COCO? (Whose Egg is This?)
Éditions de l’Isatis, 2018
Story by Mireille Messier
Illustrations by Caroline Merola
24 pages
3+ (JK-1)
ISBN : 978-2-924769-30-0
Hardcover
$11.95

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Moi aussi! Moi aussi!

couverture Moi aussiCatherine and Fabiane quickly become the best of friends. As their friendship grows, they discover they have a lot in common. Like sisters or maybe even like twins! In fact, Catherine so wants to be like Fabiane that she sometimes forgets… to tell the truth!

Moi aussi! Moi aussi! (Me too! Me Too!) is a sweet story about two new friends… and one little fib!

Moi aussi! Moi aussi!
Éditions de la Bagnole, 2017
Story by Mireille Messier
Illustrations by Yves Dumont
32 pages
3-8 years old (French)
ISBN : 978-2-89714-211-7
$19.95

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