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Les contes de Youpi

by (author) Philip Roy

illustrated by Andrea Torrey Balsara

Ronsdale Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2018
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2018
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Les contes de Youpi est la traduction en français du livre pour enfants bien-aimé, Mouse Tales. Le premier numéro dans la série « Youpi, une souris dans ma poche » a été lu à des milliers d'élèves dans le Canada atlantique et en Ontario depuis huit ans. Beaucoup de jeunes enfants suivent avec intérêt les aventures de Youpi. Maintenant, les lecteurs francophones pourront apprécier l'histoire de Philip Roy et les illustrations vibrantes de Andrea Torrey Balsara. Des lecteurs de tous les âges s'identifieront aux difficultés de Youpi à l'heure d'aller au lit après une longue journée : sa demande d'entendre une histoire et ses anxiétés face à la méchante sorcière dans Jeannot et Margot des frères Grimm, au grand méchant loup et à ses « Trois petits ours » inventés de toutes pièces. Les lecteurs seront enchantés par la curiosité infectieuse de cette petite souris déterminée et par son ami bienveillant et patient, Jean. Les contes de Youpi nous prouvent que les amis peuvent être petits ou grands. Cette série garantit plein de sourires et de rires.

Les contes de Youpi is the translation into French of the beloved children's book, Mouse Tales. The first volume in the "Happy the Pocket Mouse" series has been read to thousands of students in Atlantic Canada and Ontario over the past eight years, and has gathered a substantial following. Here, now, French speakers across Canada will be able to enjoy the story by Philip Roy and the wonderfully vibrant illustrations of Andrea Torrey Balsara. Readers of all ages will identify with Youpi's bedtime struggle after a long day, his request for a story to help him fall asleep, and his nighttime anxieties when he must come to grips with the wicked witch of Grimms' Hansel and Gretel, the Big Bad Wolf, and his own imagined "Three Bears." Readers will be won over by the insatiably curious and determined little mouse, and his kind and endlessly patient friend, Jean. Les contes de Youpi proves that best friends come in all sizes, and guarantees smiles and laughter aplenty.

About the authors

Philip Roy continues to travel back and forth between Nova Scotia and Ontario, keeping residence in both places. For some half-dozen years now, he has been presenting orally a series of stories at local schools, fairs, and markets called “Happy the Pocket Mouse.” The first of the series, Mouse Tales, illustrated by Andrea Torrey Balsara, will be released by Ronsdale Press in spring 2014. This series of picture books complements Philip’s “Submarine Outlaw” series for young adults, which is now up to volume six. Recently he travelled to Australia to research the materials for the next book in the series, Eco Warrior, to appear in the fall of 2014. Travelling makes for great adventure, Philip contends. The only thing better is writing about it and visiting schools and libraries to share the stories with young readers. Visit Philip Roy’s website at

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Andrea Torrey Balsara has illustrated her own stories for children as well as numerous books by other storytellers. She lives in Bowmanville, Ontario. Visit

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