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Robert Munsch, Jay Odjick’s ‘Bear For Breakfast’ Is In English And Algonquin – HuffPost Canada

by ahnationtalk on December 6, 2018118 Views

“Bear for Breakfast” hits bookstores in February.

Jay Odjick is a hard man to reach. When the graphic artist is at home at the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation reserve, just outside of Maniwaki, Que., he often can’t get cell service.

“In my mom’s house, you have to stand in a certain corner like ‘The Blair Witch Project’,” he tells HuffPost Canada cheerfully once he’s back near better-functioning cell towers. He’s glad to be in touch now, talking about a project he’s clearly passionate about: his new children’s book with Robert Munsch, which will be published in both English and French — with Algonquin translation in both languages.

Bear for Breakfast came out of a real-life conversation that Munsch, the legendary children’s author, had years ago in an Indigenous community in La Loche, Sask. A first-grader named Donovan told him that he liked to eat bear. The main character in the book, also named Donovan, goes on an adventure in search of bear like his grandfather used to eat — and, as you might have guessed, things don’t exactly go as planned.

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