Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Biggest Poutine in the World

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Originally published in 2013 in Canada this book has now been translated from French into English and is available in the US.  I have never had poutine and had really never heard of it until recently.  I know they serve it in Old Orchard Beach and probably other areas in Maine with strong French Canadian connections.  Pretty sure my daughter tried some this summer.

First impressions - paperback copy, black and white images - meh.  Only 159 pages - could be good or not.

I was actually surprised by how much heart was actually packed into this little book.  Thomas' mother abandoned him and his father years ago.  The only thing he remembers is the poutine she made for him for his 5th birthday.  Now he wants to make the biggest poutine in the world, be in the Guinness Book of World Records, and get the attention of his missing mother and his out of touch father.  

Like I said, a lot of heart in a small volume - funny, hopeful, and might be a good pick for a reluctant reader.

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