The Fabulous Song
Story Don Gillmor Songs Michelle Campagne and Davy Gallant Illustrations Marie-Louise Gay Featuring performances by Harry Manx, Connie Kaldor, Lorne Elliott, David Francis, Daniel Lavoie, Deb Hay and Michael Burgess
Frederic Pipkin, a lovable young lad named after the great pianist, Chopin, doesn’t appear to have any musical talent. Piano lessons with Mr. Stricter prove to be disastrous, so he has a go at the cello, the oboe, the clarinet… but sadly nothing fits. One glorious day, serendipity takes place when he attends his sister’s youth musical recital and stumbles across the wonderful world of conducting. Who knew that this could be his new found passion? To the amazement of the Pipkin family, what follows is the discovery of Frederic’s new gift and a fabulous new song.
The accompanying album comprised of a dozen pop-rock songs picks up on different aspects of the story.
• PARENTS’ CHOICE RECOMMENDED AWARD
Bouncy and adventurous, beautiful and fun, both the tale and the music are treasures. THE BLOOMSBURY REVIEW
Pub Date: 2007
Ages: 4 to 7 / Grades K to 2
Keywords: Musical Instruments / Family / Self-esteem / Talent
Don Gillmor is the author of a memoir, two novels, and nine popular award-winning children’s picture books, including the Governor General Award winner Yuck, a Love Story and the original version of The Fabulous Song, winner of the Mr. Christie’s Book Award. He has written for many magazines including Rolling Stone, GQ, and Premiere. His articles have earned him 11 National Magazine Awards.
Michelle Campagne is a founding member of the folk-roots group, Hart-Rouge, which has released over 10 albums. The single, “Inconditionnel,” earned them a SOCAN Award for one of the most played songs on French commercial radio in 1990. Over the last 20 years, the band has performed around the world including appearances at the legendary Newport Folk Festival and the Francofolies festival in Larochelle, France.
Davy Gallant is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who has worked with Roch Voisine, Garou, Connie Kaldor and Lennie Gallant, among others.
Marie-Louise Gay is an internationally acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator. Over her career, the two-time Governor General’s Literary Award winner has received the Ruth Schwartz Award, Mr. Christie Book Award, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her widely acclaimed Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than 15 languages.