When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew: Tales of Ti-Jean (Hardcover)

Tales of Ti-Jean

By Jan Andrews, Dušan Petricic (Illustrator)

Groundwood Books, 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 Dusan 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 (www.janandrews.ca) is a well-known author and storyteller who has been nominated for the Governor General's Award three times. She has written books that have become classics, including Very Last First Time (illustrated by Ian Wallace), The Auction (illustrated by Karen Reczuch) and Out of the Everywhere: Tales for a New World (illustrated by Simon Ng). She is the founding president of the Storytellers of Canada and has performed at festivals and in concert throughout Canada and the US, as well as in Australia and England. Dusan Petricic is a world-renowned cartoonist, illustrator and graphic designer. He has co-authored/illustrated more than thirty books, including Mattland (by Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert), which won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, and Ned Mouse Breaks Away (by Tim Wynne-Jones). Born in Belgrade, he now lives in Toronto, where he is editorial cartoonist at the Toronto Star.