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author/illustrator: François Blais, Iris Boudreau

ages: 4+

48 pages

20,3 x 25,5 cm



Comme des géants (Canada)


The Ghost Who Wanted to Be Real

  • One very determined ghost shows us that no goal is too impossible to achieve.


    Life in the Great Unknown is unreal… literally! So much so that every time something materializes in the real world, — ice cream, basketball, honest car repairmen, and countless others — it disappears from the Great Unknown, much to the chagrin of the many supernatural creatures who reside there.


    One day, a very determined ghost, tired of this constant disappointment, sets out on a quest to regain his beloved hobbies, treats, and the like by achieving a seemingly impossible goal: to become real himself.


    This supernatural story in which Blais unfolds a unique world and offers an imaginative counterpart to our own world, gives young readers a creative playground in which to play, conveying the value of setting goals and pursuing them.



    • For a previous work, the novel "Lac Adélard" illustrated by Iris, François Blais won the Governor General’s Award for children’s literature (2020) and the Quebec Booksellers' Award (2021) for the 12-17yo category.





    François Blais was a bit of mystery, but his many works — both for children and adults — and their autobiographical elements often bring us directly into his world. His first youth novel, "Lac Adélard", won him the prestigious Governor General’s Award for French-language children’s literature in 2020, and he was also a former winner of the Prix des librairies jeunesse. Blais passed away in 2022 in Charette, Quebec.





    Iris Boudreau is a Quebec illustrator. She  is interested in the human in all its forms. She began her author work writing and illustrating autobiographical comics, in the form of blogs and fanzines, before turning to fiction. Her favorite themes are dailylife, friendship, marginality, anxiety, the discomforts created by social interactions and other subjects related to existence. She expresses it not only through humor and derision, but also kindness and sensitivity, staging quirky and expressive characters.

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