Glory Days in New Orleans!

We’re a Possum Family Band (Book 2)

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Story and songs Bïa, Erik West-Millette and Olaf Gundel Illustrations Fanny Berthiaume Featuring performances by Alexa Devine, Olaf Gundel and Annick Brémault

Mama and Papa Poss continue their musical odyssey on a boat bound for New Orleans. As they make their way down the Mississippi, a sudden hurricane tosses one of the passengers overboard. Papa Poss jumps to the rescue, pulling none other than Louis Catstrong out of the crashing waves. In thanks, the famous feline trumpet player takes the duo to his club in the French Quarter, where a group of cool cats are scratching up a new kind of music. Take a trip to the Big Easy in this swinging and scatting tale that pays homage to the city that invented jazz!

Glory Days in New Orleans! is the second story in the We’re a Possum Family Band series, which follows Mama and Papa Poss on their travels that bring them across North America to the birthplaces of Cajun, jazz, country, rock’n’roll, blues, and traditional Quebecois music. At the end of each story, explanatory notes delve into the key figures, instruments and customs behind each genre. 

Pub Date: 2024
Ages: 3 to 9
Keywords: Jazz / Louisiana / Family / Humour

Bïa Krieger spent her teenage years in Brazil before moving to Paris where she recorded her first album in 1997, which was awarded the prestigious Grand Prix of the Charles-Cros Academy. Her album, Coeur Vagabond, received the Félix Award in the Best World Music Album category in 2006.

Fanny Berthiaume began her career as a model maker, animator and illustrator for various productions. While completing studies in visual effects, she joined Raynault VFX and contributed to famous productions such as Beauty and the Beast, X-Men: Apocalypse and Wild. She then pursued her career as a concept artist at Digital Dimension where she worked on several animated TV shows, including Zafari and Improbable Pirate Adventures.

Singer-songwriter Annick Brémault was a founding member of Chic Gamine, a Canadian musical group that released three albums between 2009 and 2015, winning a Juno Award along the way. She has more recently been touring with the popular Québecois singer Damien Robitaille.


Musical Picture Book

Hardcover illustrated picture book (8.25” x 11.25”, 48 pages) with narrated story and the songs “Alley Cat”, “Oh, When the Saints” and “Possum Anthem” (15 minutes) available via QR code.

ISBN 978‐2‐898360-72-5
$19.95 CAD / $18.95 USD


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