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Bon Voyage, Mister Rodriguez
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5,000 copy print run; featured at ILA, AASL, NAEYC, NCTE, NCSS, ALA Midwinter, and other conferences with the Publisher Spotlight booth; pitch to major review media, including The New York Times Book Review, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, and Foreword Reviews; targeted advertising campaign in major US journals; targeted marketing to major review centers, influential bloggers, and major library system selectors; classroom teaching guide; social media promotion (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+); E-newsletter promotion

About the Author

Christiane Duchesne hails from Montreal. She has written for television, film, and radio in addition to her work in children's publishing. Her works La Vraie histoire du chien de Clara Vic and Victor won the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature in 1990 and 1992, respectively. Francois Thisdale's work blends traditional drawing and painting with digital imagery. He is the illustrator of The Stamp Collector, which is on IBBY Honor List, and That Squeak, an honour book for the IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award. Missing Nimama won the TD Canadian Children's Book Award. Francois lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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Praise for Bon Voyage, Mister Rodriguez 2020 IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Children's Picture Book Award finalist

"Bewitching...[Mister Rodriguez's] absence prompts a strong sense of community as [the children] band together to say their goodbyes...Thisdale's realistic yet dreamlike illustrations, windswept with mist and surreal painted skies, add to the sense of wonder."-

"The story line speaks to the reality of death in a whimsical way, introducing it by way of it occurring to someone known by the children in the book but not someone with whom they were particularly close. VERDICT Young children beginning to learn about the concept of death will find this book to be an easy introduction to this inevitability in their lives."-

"[A] surreal allegory...Acrylic and digitally altered artwork by Thisdale offers crisp, photographic realism, with misty skies of purple and green that suggest atmospheric otherworldliness."-

"Bon Voyage, Mister Rodriguez has found another gap to fill: what about the death of a neighbour, or those people you see every day but don't know all that well? Those who, when they suddenly disappear, take a part of the community with them?...No tears, no sentimentality, no explicit mention of death - it's possible to read this book as a quirky story about a magical musician. It can also be appreciated just for illustrator Francois Thisdale's gorgeous, painterly spreads, with their becalming greens, blues, and ochres."-

"Rating: E...[A]n uncomplicated picture book delivering a message that young children can relate to without the sadness and gloom normally associated with death. The title may initially indicate that Mister Rodriguez is going on a different voyage, not the one that readers eventually discover in the story. Overall, Bon Voyage, Mister Rodriguez is a perfect selection for sharing with young children, in a classroom, or a library setting."-

"Observed by village children, an elderly man prepares for death in this misty allegory....Duchesne adopts a first-person-plural narrative voice in which matter-of-fact declaratives bob against mild speculation and culminate in an unflappable conclusion."-

"The blue and grey backdrops of sky and sea are at once misty and luminous, grounded by the pretty shuttered buildings and the solid human figures, emphasizing the juxtaposition of the reality of a continental town with some pretty unusual plot elements. Bon Voyage, Mister Rodriguez is a rather special picture book..."-

"A beautifully crafted and charmingly entertaining picture book for children ages 5-8 by the team of author/storyteller Christiane Duchesne and illustrator/artist Francois Thisdale, Bon Voyage, Mister Rodriguez is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library collections."-

"Christiane Duchesne's text leaves open what the children actually see and what actually happened to Mister Rodriguez but still laces it with the heartfelt emotion of a dear friend's passing. Because of the surreal, perhaps supernatural, texture of Bon Voyage, Mister Rodriguez, Francois Thisdale's illustrations, created with acrylic and digital media, have the perfect blend of the ethereal and the realistic....Bon Voyage, Mister Rodriguez presents the concept of death in a wholly unique fashion, leaving open what happens after we leave the physical world."-

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