Rosalie's Catastrophes


93 pages
ISBN 0-921556-47-0
DDC jC813'.54





Illustrations by Marisol Sarrazin
Translated by Linda Gaboriau
Reviewed by Lynn Manuel

Lynn Manuel writes mystery novels for young adults and is the author of
Return to Cranberry Farm.


Nine-year-old Rosalie’s life began with a huge catastrophe: her
parents died in an airplane crash. Since that time, she has lived with
her seven aunts in a big old house in Montreal. Having seven
“mothers” drives Rosalie crazy. She is Aunt Alice’s chickadee,
Aunt Beatrice’s loveheart, Aunt Colette’s sweetness, Aunt Diane’s
angel, Aunt Elisabeth’s cockatoo, Aunt Florence’s ladybug, and Aunt
Gertrude’s monster. After a series of catastrophes (e.g., her aunts
stand up and applaud wildly after their niece speaks a few lines in a
school play), Rosalie comes to see that she is actually seven times more
loved and seven times luckier than anyone else in the whole world.

This humorous and heart-warming story, the first in a series of books
about Rosalie’s adventures, is sure to delight young readers.


Anfousse, Ginette., “Rosalie's Catastrophes,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed February 22, 2024,