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Smokeroom on the Kyle

Smokeroom on the Kyle

Flanker Press


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Tall are the tales that fishermen tell when summer’s work is done, Of fish they’ve caught and birds they’ve shot, and crazy risks they’ve run. But never did fishermen tell a tale so tall by half a mile, As Grampa Walcott told one night in the smokeroom on the Kyle. Ted Russell’s “Smokeroom on the Kyle” made its debut on CBC Radio, when Uncle Mose regaled audiences in the 1950s and ’60s with tales about a little town called Pigeon Inlet. The famous poem has lived on in recitation, performed by many for schools, radio, and television. Now, this whimsical yarn about jigging squid in outport Newfoundland and Labrador appears for the first time as an illustrated book for children. Smokeroom on the Kyle is a Newfoundland and Labrador classic brought to life through gorgeous watercolour illustrations. It is written by Ted Russell, also known as Uncle Mose, and illustrated by Tara Fleming, an artist who has worked on such television series as Republic of Doyle and Frontier.

The Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens Fall 2017 Selection 2017 Resource Links - Excellent  in Picture Book Category

The artwork by Tara Fleming is light-hearted, attractive, a descriptive interplay with the lively folksy prose.-- The Telegram --
This book is aimed at children but is a welcome addition to any adult’s collection for its historical and cultural significance and its rich watercolour illustrations capturing traditional Newfoundland outport life. It is the perfect gift for homesick expats, especially those with young children.-- Atlantic Books Today --
This is a fun book which brings a bit of our culture to the very young-- Resource Links --
Fleming's illustrations are as bright and cheerful as a sunny day. The stages, docks, and work sheds around the edge of the harbour and the houses farther up the hill are spotlessly maintained and freshly painted. The people are smiling, neatly and brightly dressed. The squid are colourful and have personality. You can feel the movement of the water as the boat crests a swell. An entirely delightful experience. I would recommend Smokeroom on the Kyle just for the fun and pleasure of it, but it also gives a glimpse at a lifestyle now mostly gone. It provides an excellent opportunity for discussion of the differences between the past and the present or the reader's location and Newfoundland. -- CM: Canadian Review of Materials --

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Turning pages since 1994

Flanker Press is a bright spark in the Newfoundland and Labrador publishing scene. As the province’s most active publisher of trade books, the company now averages twenty new titles per year, with a heavy emphasis on regional non-fiction and historical fiction.

The mission of Flanker Press is to provide a quality publishing service to the local and regional writing community and to actively promote its authors and their books in Canada and abroad.

Now located in Paradise, Flanker Press has grown from a part-time venture in 1994 to a business with eight full-time employees. In the fall of 2004, Flanker Press launched a new imprint, Pennywell Books. This imprint includes literary fiction, short stories, young adult fiction, and children’s books.

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