The most beautiful ice-fishing shack on the whole coast belongs to Alphonse. But he can’t seem to catch a thing—not even a sock, or an old pair of underwear! How will he ever win the Best Fisherman Contest?!
KATIA CANCIANI lives in Gatineau, Quebec, and has published 36 books for children. She spends her time flying planes and meeting kids in schools.
CHRISTIAN QUESNEL lives in Saint-Andre-Avellin, Quebec, and is an author and illustrator of comics, graphic novels, and children’s books. He’s illustrated several books and albums with Bouton d’or Acadie, and The Ice Shack is his fifth big fish!
Born and raised in Newfoundland, Jocelyne comes from a bilingual family and grew up reading and hearing stories in both French and English from an early age. She loves stories that draw from the culture and history of an area and its people, and even as an adult, she still always wants “just one more story!” A huge word nerd and language enthusiast, she is a trained folklorist, editor, and researcher. She likes nothing better than reading all day, fortified by cups of tea.
“Bold illustrations and a delightfully simple colour palette make this picture book eye catching, with every turn of the page, even though there is no fish catching! Alphonse doesn't win the Best Fisherman Contest. He wins a much more important prize. A perfect winter time reading and great for fishermen and fisherwomen to share with their littlest minnows!”
"The palette of the illustrations includes lots of strong reds and blues and blacks. The texture brings a lot of flow to the sky and water. And the shapes are often playful, even dreamy. As Alphonse saws the wood to build his shack, his long hair flows out behind him, and a bird joins him on his perch (which he’s about to cut off); when he’s astonished, exclamation points form a ring around his head. This whimsy cheer aligns with the tone of 'The Ice Shack’s' adventure. "
— Joan Sullivan
"The Ice Shack is an entertaining read about Alphonse the ice-fisherman. Alphonse has built himself the most attractive shack around but when it becomes cold and time to fish he can't catch a thing! And if he can't catch a thing he wont win the Best Fisherman Contest. He dedicates himself to proving he's the best fisherman so wholeheartedly he doesn't even sleep. But because of the lack of excitement of no fish he eventually falls asleep and when he wakes the surroundings outside his shack have changed and so begins his wild whale of a tale! My kids loved this one! And the illustrations are fantastic!"
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