A good idea needs a great execution and You Might Be From New Brunswick If… certainly contains both. Michael de Adder’s crisp artwork and clever concepts takes the reader on a journey around the province showing us what’s distinctive and truly unique about New Brunswick. From fiddelheads and covered bridges to high tides and Alpine beer, de Adder’s illustrations provide us with a humorous take on all things New Brunswick.
Some of the cartoons are depictions that New Brunswickers share with other regions like line-ups at Tims, Frenchys, and driving on pot-holed highways, but others — Deluxe French Fries, rafting on the Pollett River, and Le Pays de la Sagouine — are simply unique to the province. This book will have wide appeal and if you are actually from New Brunswick, you will no doubt discover something about your province that you may not have known or perhaps have forgotten. Like the invention of the chocolate bar, smashing your mirror on the narrow old Gunningsville Bridge, or being passed by an ATV while driving along the highway. The cartoons are delightful, funny and indeed brisk, like a cool October day at Escuminac, Washademoak, or Quispamsis, places that New Brunswickers uniquely pronounce.
De Adder has been able to bridge the French-English divide by incorporating viewpoints from both linguistic groups into the collection — not an easy task. You Might Be From New Brunswick If… is sure to fly off book shelves this season and end up under Christmas trees in all kinds of unusual places like Skedaddle Ridge, Apohaqui, and no doubt even in selected homes in Fort McMurrary.
Dan Soucoup has worked as a bookseller and publisher for many years. He is the author of numerous books including Failures and Fiascos and A Short History of Halifax. He lives in Dartmouth.
Michael de Adder
MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc.