JackFruit Press Ltd.

November 04, 2005 07:59 ET

Jean Chretien: Warts & All

"The Scrapper Who Climbed His Way To The Top Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Books Editor, City Editor, Media Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ON--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 4, 2005) - Jean Chretien: The scrapper who climbed his way to the top

Chrétien was the twentieth prime minister of Canada but in the "Warts and All" series about Canada's prime ministers, he's spotlighted right after Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister. The series is suitable for tweens, teens and even adults.

Jean Chrétien showed his mettle as the little schoolyard scrapper who stood up to the bullies and later went on to lead the Liberal party to 3 successive majority governments. His doggedness and grit guaranteed he'd come up a winner.

It was no easy road to the top for Jean. He overcame a facial deformity that was the joy of political cartoonists, an unusual speaking style that left his listeners shaking their heads - baffled about what he meant - and a form of speech dyslexia that often made him completely misunderstood in both official languages. Jean could always make them smile! Just think about the golf balls at the Gomery inquiry.

Written by Nate Hendley of Toronto and illustrated by Montrealer Gabriel Morrissette, the book traces Chrétien's climb through the various government ministries he led, on to the triumph of his third term as prime minister, a first in Canadian history. In addition to lavish illustrations and dedicated pages on key issues of the day, the book also includes a detailed glossary and an extensive timeline that chronicles the events in Jean's life along with what was happening in Canada and around the world during that time.

"Sir John A. Macdonald: the rascal who built Canada" was JackFruit Press's first book in this 'warts and all' series on Canadian prime ministers. Already a best seller and headed for a second printing, that book has been nominated for the prestigious Silver Birch Award.
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