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Coquin de rouquin

by Robert Munsch
illustrated by Michael Martchenko

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humorous stories
list price: $8.99
published: 2013


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Quel est le secret des cheveux roux d'Arie?

Alex veut vraiment savoir pourquoi les cheveux d'Arie sont si roux. Il lui demande s'il existe un secret pour que ses propres cheveux noirs deviennent roux! Sur les bons conseils d'Arie, il avale une dose quotidienne de tomates et de ketchup. Mais quand ce dernier lui fait avaler de la sauce Tabasco pour faire prendre la couleur, Alex commence à se douter que son ami lui joue un tour. Il décide donc de se venger en préparant pour Arie une recette censée transformer les cheveux roux en cheveux noirs!

Cette histoire est basée sur un garçon de Montréal nommé Arie que Robert Munsch a rencontré pendant une tournée. Elle célèbre les bons tours avec des comportements exagérés et des images hilarantes tout en donnant une leçon subtile sur l'acceptation de soi.


What is the secret behind Arie's red hair?

Alex is dying to know why Arie's hair is so red. So he asks him if there is a secret to it all, or better yet, something he can do to turn his own black hair red?

Soon he's following Arie's good advice and consuming daily doses of tomatoes and ketchup. But when he finds himself drinking tabasco sauce to, you know, set the colour, Alex starts to suspect that he's being played — and concocts a little plan to turn the tables on Arie's trick, by tempting him with his own recipe for turning red hair black!

Based on a boy named Arie from Montreal, whom Robert Munsch met while on a storytelling tour, Arie's Red Hair celebrates the spirit of good—natured pranks with some over—the—top antics and hilarious imagery, while providing a gentle lesson about accepting who you are and what you've been given.

Original Title: Seeing Red!


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Michael Martchenko

Michael Martchenko is the award-winning illustrator of the Classic Munsch series and many other beloved children's books. He was born north of Paris, France, and moved to Canada when he was seven. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Patricia.

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