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. Volume XV Number 12 . . . . February 6, 2009
Annie Langlois's first novel, Mia, Matt and the Turkey Chase, is a wacky turkey-chase of a story. Mia and Matt live with their Uncle Orlando, an animal trainer. In the winters, they live in an apartment in the city, but they spend the summers at the lake where Uncle Orlando trains animals to star in tv, ads and movies. This particular summer, Uncle Orlando is training a turkey named Alfred to star in a movie called "Intergalactic Turkey."
Unfortunately, Alfred disappears. The twins track Alfred to their neighbour Maria's, where they spot turkey tracks in the garden. The next day, Maria finds flowers on her doorstep, but the garden has been torn apart by whoever picked them. The mysteries continue when Uncle Orlando's peddle boat disappears, closely followed by his blue checkered shirt. The twins have their suspicions about the culprit, suspicions which are confirmed when they spot Alfred peddling across the lake in the peddle boat. The next day, they paddle out to the island where they find Alfred and bring him back.
The idea takes the form of Geraldine, a female rooster, who does indeed make Alfred very happy. As Mia says "Love was in the air! It filled my heart with happiness."
This novel is a funny, goofy romp written with lots of imagination. Jimmy Beaulieu's pen and ink illustrations are perfectly suited to the story, simple, clever and humourous.
Lisa Hanson O'Hara is a librarian and mother of three in Winnipeg, MB.
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