A Picnic in the Sun
Bertie and Friends Hit the Road!
Story and songs Christiane Duchesne and Jérôme Minière Illustrations Marianne Ferrer Featuring performances by Clerel and Geneviève Toupin Narration Mischa Cheeseman
Bertie and his buddies never get bored with each other… except for the time when it rained for four straight weeks! That’s when they decided to repair an old boat and head for dryer lands: a sunny place atop the Blue Mountain. The journey to the faraway destination won’t be easy, but with a little help from newly made animal friends, they make it to the summit, which happens to be the best place in the whole world for a picnic! An imaginative musical tale interspersed with 18 original and traditional songs.
Pub Date: 2021
Ages: 3 to 7 / Grades K to 2
Keywords: Animals / Travel / Friendship / Generosity
Christiane Duchesne is the author of more than 60 children’s books, including A Feast Beneath the Moon, The Loonies Arrive and W is for Wapiti. She is a two-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award and was a finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.
Jérôme Minière has released over a dozen albums, including Le vrai le faux (winner of Le Prix Rapsat-Lelièvre) and Petit cosmonaute (winner of a Felix Award). He has also written music for several theatrical productions, including La fête de Boris, which played at the Festival d’Avignon.
Marianne Ferrer was born in Venezuela and moved to Canada in 1998. After attending Dawson College for illustration and design, she studied graphic design at Université du Québec à Montréal. Her recent publications include A Feast Beneath the Moon, Carmen and the House That Gaudí Built and The Year My Life Turned Upside Down.
Clerel is a natural-born vocalist, soul singer and songwriter who nurtured his taste for melody in his coastal hometown of Douala, Cameroon before moving to Montreal. He has appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, La Voix, and performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
Geneviève Toupin (also known as Willows) is a Manitoba-born Métis musician based in Montreal. Over the past 12 years, she's released three critically acclaimed albums, earning a Trille Or for best Francophone artist from Western Canada and nominations at the GAMIQ and Canadian Folk Music Awards.