Le petit chien de laine

Songs Lionel Daunais Illustrations Marie Lafrance Singers Pascale Bussières, Paul Kunigis, Ginette, Yves Lambert, Alain Lamontagne, Martin Léon, Mes Aïeux, Michel Rivard

Lionel Daunais’ work has justifiably been considered a national treasure.  The title song is a perfect example of his irresistible and off-the wall humor as a storyteller.  The light-hearted Le petit chien de laine (the little woollen puppy), which tells the absurd story of a teddy fallen victim of famished mites, actually became one of the first radio hits in French-speaking Canada back in the 1950s.  Most of the other songs featured on the album were previously unpublished and discovered in a songbook commissioned by a Montreal school board.
Age: 2-7 / Pub date: 2005


As a baritone, composer and lyricist and, later, as a stage director, Lionel Daunais (1901-1982) had an undeniable influence on the musical society of his time. For more than half a century, he was one of the chief artisans of the lyric scene and, as such, has helped many Quebec talents emerge. He received many awards including the Canadian Music Council Medal, the Calixa-Lavallée Music Award and, posthumously, the Denise-Pelletier Award. In 2006, he was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.


Marie Lafrance has become one of Québec’s best-known children’s book illustrators, having received great critical acclaim for the albums Le Grand voyage de monsieur Caca (Les 400 Coups), La fée des bonbons (Dominique et Cie) and La Diablesse and the Baby (Annick Press) for which she was a Governor General’s Literary Award finalist.

Quotes from the press

“A meticulous musical production and lots of humor”

“For the whole family”

 “Fantasy, a pleasure taken playing with words…a wonder”

“Once again, the guest list of singers is as attractive as convincing”


Félix Award (Québécois equivalent to Grammy Awards)

Governor General’s Literary Award (finalist in the category "Illustrations")