Mister Roger and Me

Original title: La petite et le vieux

Publication Date:

April 2010



Original language and publisher

French | Editions XYZ

Territories Handled

English (World excl Canada), France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Scandinavia

Territories Sold

Canada (French) (BQ)
Canada (English) (House of Anansi)
France (Denoël)
Germany (Hanser)
Italy (Sperling & Kupfer Editori)
Spanish (Latin America) (Planeta)
Indonesia (Marji Kiri)


Literary Fiction

Mister Roger and Me

Original title: La petite et le vieux


A rare success for a first novel : masterful writing and colorful language […] inexhaustible tenderness which touches us profoundly. A pleasure from start to finish. — Entre les lignes

Helen, alias Joe, would rather be a boy and get into all kinds of adventures, like Lady Oscar, her favorite comic-strip heroine. In the working-class neighborhood where she and her family live, she makes friends with a new neighbor, Mister Roger, an old man who drinks like a fish, swears like a sailor, and dreams of dying. Through him, she realizes that adventure is all around you every day.

Marketing Information

  • More than 28,000 copies sold in Quebec
  • Grand Prix de la relève littéraire Archambault 2011
  • Finalist – Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie 2011
  • Finalist – Prix littéraire France-Québec 2011
  • A film adaptation is planned.