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Youpi en vacances

by (author) Philip Roy

illustrated by Andrea Torrey Balsara

Ronsdale Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2020
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2020
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Translation into French of Ronsdale's picture book Mouse Vacation. This will be Book 4 of the series Youpi, la souris dans ma poche. In this fourth volume, translated into French, of the beloved "Happy the Pocket Mouse" picture book series, Youpi and his human friend Jean debate where their next adventure should take them. Jean suggests a walk through the forest or a visit to the museum, but these are too lacklustre for Youpi and his thirst for excitement. When Youpi proposes a grand vacation to the likes of New York, Paris, Egypt or India, Jean reasons that those places are too expensive and that they will have to compromise. Happy then suggests a camping trip in New Zealand, but Jean contends that it is too far away. "Why am I the only one compromising here?" Youpi questions. In the end, Youpi and Jean embark on an overnight bus trip to the seaport to view the majestic Tall Ships, and Youpi is enthralled by these "ghosts of the past." Andrea Torrey Balsara brings to life the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, the Great Pyramids, and other exotic locales with 32 pages of brilliant, full-colour illustrations.

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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