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Children's Fiction Imagination & Play

Pierre & Paul: Dragon!

by (author) Caroline Adderson

illustrated by Alice Carter

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Apr 2021
Imagination & Play, Friendship, General, Humorous Stories
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2021
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Nov 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 4


Pierre and Paul are back for another imaginative bilingual adventure
Pierre and Paul are back for another adventure! Pierre speaks French and Paul speaks English, but that doesn’t stop them from being friends and exploring together. Today is garbage day, so the duo sets out to find hidden treasures in the trash.
Treasure map in hand, they encounter poisonous swamps, dark forests, a dragon, and even a tsunami! (Or maybe just a garbage truck driving through a puddle). When the tsunami sweeps away their treasure map, they think all is lost—until they finally find a treasure lying out in plain sight.
Told half in French and half in English, this second book in the Pierre & Paul series uses simple phrases and clues in the illustrations to make the story accessible to readers in both languages. Full of imagination and playful illustrations, this vocabulary-learning tool is an engaging story of friendship.

About the authors

Caroline Adderson is the author of Very Serious Children (Scholastic 2007), a novel for middle readers about two brothers, the sons of clowns, who run away from the circus. I, Bruno (Orca 2007) and Bruno for Real are collections of stories for emergent readers featuring seven year-old Bruno and his true life adventures.
Caroline Adderson also writes for adults and has won two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes, three CBC Literary Awards, as well as the 2006 Marion Engel Award given annually to an outstanding female writer in mid-career. Her numerous nominations include the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Rogers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Most recently, Caroline was the Vancouver Public Library's 2008 Writer-in-Residence.
Her eight year-old son Patrick and his many friends inspire her children's writing. Caroline and her family live in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Caroline Adderson's profile page

Alice Carter is an artist, illustrator, and storyteller with a passion for sharing her whimsical imagination. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design who now works with clients from all over the world, Alice is inspired by people watching, music, and every animal she comes across. Her picture books include Angus All Aglow, the Pierre & Paul stories, Our New Kittens, My Puppy Patch, and Teaching Mrs. Muddle. Alice lives in Ottawa, Ontario.


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  • Short-listed, BC Chocolate Lily Young Readers' Choice Awards
  • Commended, TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Read
  • Commended, A Loan Stars Jr. Top 10 Pick for March/April
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens

Editorial Reviews

"Wondrous. Through the book’s repetition, simple words, and expressive illustrations, children speaking either language will easily grasp the wonder of the story. This is a book tailor-made for reading aloud, where even the adult reader does not need to be fluent in both languages. In fact, it would make an ideal first day read in a French Immersion classroom."

Canadian Review of Materials

"Reminds young readers of the powers of the imagination and the gems in their own backyard."

The Ormsby Review

"The blend of English and French in the text is a clever way to support bilingualism... Educational content made entertaining."

Kirkus Reviews

"This is a stunningly executed story ... Colorful and heartwarming, this story is a delightful addition to bilingual collections for young elementary school-aged readers with an interest in fantasy and imaginative adventures."

Children’s Literature

"This is one of those terrific adventures that gets better with every reading ... Highly recommended."

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