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Mountain of Fire

Written by Julie Roberge 
Illustrated by Aless MC
Published by Orca Book Publishers


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Take a trip around the world (and beyond) to discover the science, myths and stories behind iconic volcanoes.

Krakatoa. Kilimanjaro. Vesuvius. The destructive power of volcanoes has claimed more than 250,000 lives since the beginning of civilization. Whether as objects of worship or of terror, they have shaped our world and fed the human imagination. And they can be found just about everywhere, from ancient Pompeii to the geysers of Yellowstone to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and the surface of Jupiter. Teaming up with award-winning illustrator Aless MC, volcanologist Julie Roberge takes us on a journey to the heart of the earth to discover the most famous of these geological monsters.


One spring day in 1980, my father made a big deal about washing the car. Why? He said, “A
volcano is erupting in the United States, and tomorrow morning I will show you the volcano’s
ashes. This is why the car has to be sparkling clean.” We were in Quebec, Canada, and the
volcano (Mount St. Helens) was erupting on the west coast, so I was amazed the next morning
when I saw the thin layer of ash on my father’s car. I was 8 years old at the time, and I became
so intrigued and curious about volcanoes that it turned into a passion. My parents never stopped feeding my interest with books and magazines about volcanoes. So, I became a geologist and then specialized in volcanology.


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Détentrice d’un baccalauréat en design graphique de l’Université du Québec à Montréal et d’un baccalauréat en communication et études culturelles de l’Université Concordia, Aless oeuvre en tant qu’illustratrice, designer graphique et muraliste depuis sept ans pour une variété de clients œuvrant dans divers domaines dont: The New York Times, MU, Le Devoir, La Presse, Culture Montréal, Ville de Laval, L’Actualité, Festival MURAL, BIXI et la Commission Scolaire de Montréal.

Son approche consiste à rassembler plusieurs petits éléments qui forment un language visuel évoquant un monde ou une thématique particulière. Sa démarche débute par l’exploration d’un sujet à travers plusieurs médiums, dont le dessin, le pochoir et l’aérographe. Ces explorations personnelles lui ont permis de développer un style qui lui est propre et qui se définit par la combinaison de couleurs vives, d’éléments répétés et de formes superposées à des textures analogues.



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Mountain of Fire, Éditions de la Pastèque, 2021