An OLA Best Bet for 2012
Charlie can't wait for school to be over. But he's wondering what particular vacation ordeal his parents have lined up for the family this summer. Canoeing with alligators in Okefenokee? Getting caught in the middle of a revolutionary shootout in Mexico? Or perhaps another trip abroad?
Turns out, this summer the family is staying put, in their hometown — Montreal, Canada. A "staycation," his parents call it. Charlie is doubtful at first but, ever resourceful, decides that there may be adventures and profit to be had in his own neighborhood.
And there are. A campout in the backyard brings him in contact with more than one kind of wildlife, a sudden summer storm floods the expressway, various pet-sitting gigs turn almost-disastrous, and a baseball game goes awry when various intruders storm the infield — from would-be medieval knights and an over-eager ice-cream vendor to a fly-ball-catching Doberman. Then of course there's looking after his little brother, Max, who is always a catastrophe-in-the-making.
Marie-Louise Gay is an internationally acclaimed author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won two Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Marie-Louise’s very popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. Her recent books include Short Stories for Little Monsters and Mustafa. She lives in Montreal. marielouisegay.com
David Homel is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, journalist and translator. He has won the Governor General's Award for translation, and the Hugh MacLennan Prize and the Jewish Public Library Award for fiction. His most recent novel is The Fledglings. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Summer in the City works as an easy transition for kids making the step up from picture books.
An upbeat summer idyll likely to draw chuckles whether read alone or aloud
With energy and enthusiasm . . . Summer in the City continues the adventures related in previous novels Travels with My Family and On the Road Again!
Marie-Louise Gay and David Homel, both award-winning writers, have created a fast-paced, entertaining read, complete with amusing black-and-white illustrations, humorous stories and likeable protagonists.
Summer in the City is a sequel to Travels with My Family and On the Road Again!, but the reader doesn’t need to be familiar with the previous works to enjoy this affectionate tribute to (life in) the city of Montreal.
"...this volume is made even livelier and more enjoyable by the numerous pen-and-ink/watercolour illustrations that have made Marie-Louise Gay such a recognized name in Canadian children's literature. "