When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew

When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew

Tales of Ti-Jean

By Jan Andrews; Dusan Petricic (Illustrator)

Groundwood Books, Hardcover, 9780888999528, 67pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2011


In these three imaginative stories, Jan Andrews introduces us to Quebec’s traditional folktale hero, Ti-Jean. He’s an endearing character who is both wise and foolish, and though he does find himself in hard situations (often of his own making), in the end, he somehow manages to do what needs to be done. In Ti-Jean and the Princess of Tomboso” he eventually outwits a greedy princess; in Ti-Jean the Marble Player” he gets the best of a pint-sized scoundrel; and in How Ti-Jean Became a Fiddler” he turns the tables on a too-clever-for-her-own-good seigneur’s daughter, and finds true love in the process.

Jan Andrews’ simple, no-nonsense text and Dušan Petricic’s sly and witty illustrations bring contemporary energy to the traditional folktale genre. There’s nothing old fashioned about these New World tales, which are funny, witty and wise at the same time.

About the Author
Jan Andrews lives down the end of a road on a lake and has a passion for the Canadian wilderness. As a storyteller, she has a particular love for the traditional folk and fairy tales. She has read from the world's great epics and, during summer weekends, has organized complete retellings of both The Iliad and The Odyssey. Her writing comes out of a conviction that young people can find, within themselves, all they need to manage in their lives. She also knows the power of humor as a means of finding the way through the darkness and delights in a rollicking good tale. She is the author of ten books for children, several of which have been shortlisted for major awards.
Francis Blake has been an illustrator for as long as he can remember. His artwork has appeared in magazines, books, and advertising materials across North America, Europe, and Asia. He is the illustrator of From Head to Toe and The A-Z of Everyday Things, both published by Tundra Books.

Dusan Petricic is an award-winning children's book designer and illustrator whose books include The Enormous Potato and Earthlings Inside and Out. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.