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Story by André Marois

Art by New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books Winner

Gérard DuBois

We Would Pretend Text copyright © 2022 André Marois Illustration copyright © 2022 Gérard DuBois Copyright © Milky Way Picture Books All rights reserved. Translation by Nick Frost and Catherine Ostiguy Book design by Nadine Robert and Jolin Masson The artwork for this book was created digitally. This edition published in 2022 by Milky Way Picture Books, an imprint of Comme des géants inc. Varennes, Quebec, Canada. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means, without prior written consent of the publisher or a license The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (Access Copyright). For an Access Copyright license, visit www.accesscopyright.ca or call toll free to 1-800-893-5777. Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication Title: We would pretend / André Marois; illustrations, Gérard DuBois; translation, Nick Frost, Catherine Ostiguy. Other titles: On ferait comme si. English Names: Marois, André, 1959- author. | DuBois, Gérard, 1968- illustrator. | Frost, Nick, translator. | Ostiguy, Catherine, translator. Description: Translation of: On ferait comme si. Identifiers: Canadiana 20220010080 | ISBN 9781990252167 (hardcover) Classification: LCC PS8576.A7428 O5213 2022 | DDC jC843/.54—dc23 ISBN: 978-1-990252-16-7 Printed and bound in China

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Story by André Marois

WE WOULD PRETEND Art by Gérard DuBois

Translation by Nick Frost and Catherine Ostiguy

Kids, it’s nice out — go play outside!

Yes, papa!

Yes, Mr. Martin!

Do you want to play pretend?

We would pretend there was a castle

in a faraway kingdom

Oh, right! And we would travel to it.

We would climb the dungeon wall and use it as our lookout.

But then, we would see a flying monster and begin to follow it.

It would lead us to the lair of the giant Gourdus, the dreaded King of Pumpkins.

At that point, we would need magical powers.

We would become invisible so Gourdus couldn’t see us

and we would use our special spears to fend off his guards.

Out of nowhere, we would surprise Gourdus in broad daylight

because he would not have seen us coming!

Then, we would become King and Queen of Pumpkins

and everyone would be very jealous.

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