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Children's Fiction Elephants

Fatima and the Clementine Thieves

by (author) Mireille Messier

illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

Red Deer Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2017
Elephants, Multigenerational
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    Publish Date
    Jun 2017
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    Jun 2017
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


One morning, Fatima and her grandfather wake up to find their clementine orchard savagely ransacked.
Who could be doing this?
How can the culprits be stopped?

A little girl faces an ENORMOUS problem. Luckily, Fatima has powerful friends: the spiders!

About the authors

Mireille Messier est une auteure jeunesse n&eacutee&agrave Montr&eacuteal, qui a grandi &agrave Ottawa et qui habite maintenant &agrave Toronto. Elle a travaill&eacute dans les domaines de la radiodiffusion et du th&eacute&acirctre. Depuis le lancement de son premier livre en 2003, Mireille a publi&eacute plus de vingt livres, certains en fran&ccedilais, d’autres en anglais, destin&eacutes aux enfants de tous les &acircges. Ma branche pr&eacutef&eacuter&eacutee a &eacutet&eacute mise en nomination pour les prix Shining Willow, Blue Spruce et pour les Prix litt&eacuteraires du Gouverneur g&eacuten&eacuteral. Mireille vit avec son mari, deux merveilleuses adolescentes, trois chats pelucheux et une centaine de poissons rouges.

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GABRIELLE GRIMARD a illustré plus de 30 albums, dontLes mots volés, Quand j’avais huit ans, Fatima et les voleurs de clémentines, Aujourd'hui peut-être... et les livres de la série Petit Gnouf. Elle est aussi l'auteure-illustratrice de l'album Lila et la corneille. Gabrielle habite aux environs de Montréal.


From the time she was little GABRIELLE GRIMARD loved art, dismaying her elementary school teachers by constantly drawing in class. Later Gabrielle studied art in high school and university. After her son was born, she began illustrating children’s books and has now created more than 25, including When I Was Eight (Quand j'avais huit ans), Stolen Words (Les mots volés) and Not My Girl. Lila and the Crow (Lila et la corneille) is the first book she both wrote and illustrated. She uses watercolours, gouache and oil to create images of amazing warmth and depth. Gabrielle lives near Montreal, QC. Visit her at


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Editorial Reviews

"Beautifully accented watercolors from Gabrielle Grimard add to the allure with exotically detailed textiles, landscapes, and architecture. Inspired by the African proverb of the elephants and spiderwebs, Fatima and her friends prove that by working together, even little things can have a big impact."
Foreword Reviews

"Illustrations by Grimard are gorgeous, mostly in warm hues of orange, brown, and blue, with expressive faces and hardly any specific ethnic touches."
Kirkus Reviews

"The most impressive aspect of the book is, without doubt, the gorgeous illustration work done by Gabrielle Grimard. Using a mixed palette of both earth and jewel tones, the pictures often jump off the page, offering a textured glimpse of Fatima's life on the clementine orchard. Many of Grimard's detailed illustrations accurately evoke the emotions on the page, providing readers with a greater means of connection and empathy with the title character. In conclusion, Fatima and the Clementine Thieves is a beautifully illustrated picture book that tells the story of how a small young girl with an impressively quick mind is able to solve a difficult problem without the use of violence — a resolution that even the adults around her are unable to come to.
CM Magazine

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