While resting in his easy chair one evening, cantankerous old Cornelius Basset-Hound takes his last breath. Suddenly he is swept up into a brilliant tunnel of light which takes him directly to the gates of Dog Heaven. There he meets Saint Bernard, who turns him away saying "You are not ready to enter Heaven. . . Who wants to spend eternity with a miserly old grouch?" Feeling confused and alone, Cornelius is befriended by Sirius, the Dog Star, and other angelic helpers. As his amazing journey unfolds, Cornelius learns the value of generosity, kindness, playfulness and love.
Bubbling with beautiful princesses, dragon-slaying underdogs, and crafty tricksters, these Franco-American stories explore a heritage that has become known as "a quiet presence". Co-authors, Parent and Olivier recount the lutin's tricks on farmers, the Jack-like adventures of Ti-Jean, Pierre and his modern-day chainsaw, a beautiful princess conquering an evil witch, and family stories passed down from generation to generation. Meet Michael's grandfather, Honor Fournier, who spoiled his grandchildren with kindly generosity, and Alexis Lacasse, Julien's grandfather, who didn't let a prank stop him from arriving to dinner on time. Life in Franco-American families revolved around two entities: family and church. The authors address these two important aspects and how they have influenced their stories. Olivier and Parent inherited their families' love of stories and continue that legacy by sharing their ancestry and heritage in this charming book.
Brace yourself for the scariest field trip of your life! Bumbling, cowardly Eugene is forced to transfer to a new school in northern Michigan, in the middle of the year, and in the middle of a blizzard. Eugene is used to weird things happening in his life, but this new place feels really bad. He has no idea how bad it's going to get until he meets his new English teacher, "Ming the Merciless." To save his classmates from a fatal graduation from Ming's School of the Brass Monkeys, Eugene must deliver an unfinished book to a legendary teacher named McGinty, who is hiding in the underworld. With the help of some renegade teachers and his new friends, he begins an epic journey to find McGinty. Will Eugene survive the Cliffs of Notes and the Sea of Hot Lunches? Will he reach McGinty in time to expose Ming's plot? A great choice for the reluctant reader, Brass Monkeys is action-packed and full of twists and turns. It's sure to keep readers guessing until the very end.
During a time of shadows, the young and fledgling wizard Kevin embarks on a perilous, mystical journey in search of a cure for his dying mother. Together with his companions, Greystone the dragon and Tomas the cat, Kevin unravels a curious prophecy in an enchanting adventure of self-discovery. Learning to trust his inner wisdom, the little wizard saves not only his mother, but the entire kingdom as well. Jody Bergsma's completely entertaining picturebook story for young readers is beautifully illustrated throughout with gorgeous, full color artwork.
In Nagala, land of faeries and elves, relentless storms and untold menaces threaten to destroy the elemental worlds. As a last resort, Rhiannon, Queen of the Faeries, sends here unicorn Skyla, and three rainbow faeries to the neighboring land of Lugin to discover what has become of Gryphon and to learn what can be done to dispel a time of looming darkness.
The emperor forbids the keeping of wild animals, so Issa's orphaned bear cub must be kept hidden. Unwilling to part with his unusual pet, Issa uses bonsai techniques to keep the bear from growing. Eventually, however, he must allow the bear to return to its true nature.
At the same time Prince Langilor is born in the Kingdom of Lugin, a dragon is hatched in the Dark Forest. To prove his worthiness, the gentle prince must face the dragon before he can become king. He succeeds by turning aggression and anger into friendship.