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Children's Fiction Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries

Florence & Leon

by (author) Simon Boulerice

illustrated by Delphie Côté-Lacroix

translated by Sophie B. Watson

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2018
Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries, Love & Romance, Emotions & Feelings
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2018
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    Sep 2018
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 8


Florence and Leon have never met.

Florence is a swimming instructor. She has a small problem with her lungs: it's as if she's breathing through a straw. Leon is an insurance salesman. He has a small problem with his eyes: it's as if he's seeing the world through a straw. One day Florence and Leon bump into each other, literally, and this mishap turns their lives upside down. Over slushy drinks with proper straws, Florence and Leon find out how their differences make them alike.

About the authors

Award-winning Qu&eacuteb&eacutecois author Simon Boulerice is a playwright, novelist, poet and children's book author. His picture book Florence & L&eacuteon (Qu&eacutebecAm&eacuterique, 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.

Simon Boulerice's profile page

C’est pendant ses études en graphisme au Cégep de Sherbrooke que Delphie Côté-Lacroix tombe en amour avec l’illustration. Depuis, elle s’est lancé dans l’aventure avec succès, remportant notamment un Prix littéraire du Gouverneur général, et en co-signant avec Valérie Plante sa première bande dessinée: Simone Simoneau: Chronique d’une femme en politique. En publiant des histoires illustrées, Delphie souhaite contribuer à la représentation d’idées qui lui sont chères, notamment la contemplation, la résilience et l’engagement citoyen.

Delphie Côté-Lacroix's profile page

Sophie B. Watson is an award-winning freelance writer who has been published in several magazines, including Briarpatch Magazine, Canadian Dimension, Canadian Living Magazine, Legacy Magazine, and Sustainable Times (among others). She holds a degree in English and French literature from the University of Alberta as well as a master's in creative writing from Bath Spa University. She has been a library page, a waitress, a substitute dj, a bookseller, and, most recently, the editor of Cork University Press. Cadillac Couches is Sophie's first novel. Read more about Sophie (and her aquatic larks) on her blog at

Sophie B. Watson's profile page


  • Short-listed, The Prix Albertine Jeunesse, 9 - 14
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Nominated, Prix Alvine-Belisle
  • Nominated, Prix littéraire du Gouverneur Général: littérature jeunesse de langue française- livres illustrés

Editorial Reviews

"A lovely picture book... Regardless of who ends up reading it, Florence & Leon will bring a smile to readers' faces."

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Beautifully honest and heartfelt, this story is perfect for quiet moments of sharing with loved ones, and could be read again and again…With the deceptively simple, uniquely styled illustrations, and the captivating prose with charming exchanges between the two characters, this well-developed, intimate story is one to be treasured and appreciated repeatedly. Highly recommended for the older picture book crowd."

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“Black-and-white illustrations, accented with red, yellow, and blue, suit a story (translated from the French) that is at once simple and full of empathy and feeling.”

The Horn Book Online

&quotLight and uncluttered pencil drawings with splashes of cheery red and yellow make excellent use of white space to connect scenes of spot art.&quot

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