Do You Know Leeches?
is a Quebec writer born September 24, 1957. Before becoming a full-time youth author in the fall or 2005, he was a reporter for twenty years in Victoriaville. The least we can say is that it is a very prolific writer, with over 130 books! He writes for various youth age groups, and publishes between 15 and 20 titles a year.
Michel is a veterinarian, publisher, author and wildlife photographer. He is originally from Montreal but has lived in Quebec's Eastern Townships for over twenty years.
Wildlife, ecology and the environment are his favorite subjects. He has a kitten, a litter of raccoons, a fawn, baby jaguars, dogs, pet cats, and other orphan or sick animals. Aside from his pets and the fact that he still practices veterinary medicine, Michel Quintin is now content to observe deer, foxes, wild turkeys and other animals that come to the window of his house the country. Nature, as you may have guessed, is his greatest source of inspiration.
Pen name Sampar, was born in 1973 in Victoriaville Quebec. He is a self-taught illustrator and cartoonist. He made his mark in recent years in the publishing world by being a winner of the New York Times top 10 illustrators of the year for 2014 and by being a finalist for the Governor General of Canada 2004 (Youth illustration). He has also been a Mr. Christie's Book Award 2002 finalist Awards, a favourite books Youth Communication-Jeunesse finalist, and a Hackmatack Award finalist in 2003 and 2004.
Sampar's illustrations fascinate and capture the imagination of young and old alike. He is the father of three children and admits: "My dream is to make sure that my children can have something from me when they are old enough to be interested in reading."
"Here's a fun, up-to-date way to deliver a basic look at a science topic with a degree of "gross" to attract kids. The lively and amusing depictions of leeches at work will be easily remembered while the facts are learned . . . The book was originally published as Savais-Tu? Les Sangsues, and has been skilfully translated for an accessible read. Readers who enjoy this title can look forward to additional books in the series, either to read just for fun, or to learn about animals."
— CM Magazine