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Dogs, Bulldogs, Poetry about dogs, Dog memoir, Adopted pets, Recipes for dogs, Dog humour

Magno the Magnificent
Musings on Humanity in Times of Crisis
by Gilbert Le Gras and Olivier Le Gras

Magno the Magnificent has never known life outside of quarantine, but that doesn’t stop him from enjoying every second!

This is the whimsical story of a charming, mischievous, and playful English bulldog and his human family. Magno the Magnificent charges forward into the world with all the gusto he can muster. Naturally curious, our wrinkly four-legged friend exudes contagious optimism and joie-de-vivre irresistible to anyone he encounters.

Peppered with prose and verse, recipes and rap, and pictures and illustrations, Magno the Magnificent: Musings on Humanity in Times of Crisis will put a smile on your face at the turn of every page.

“A wonderful “tail” of furry friends, fun adventures, and important life lessons for any age or species.”

—Evan B., Arlo’s human, Ottawa, Ontario

“A delightful read about the friendship between two- and four-legged creatures as seen through the eyes of Magno-I-Am. Interwoven with wonderful drawings and pictures. It is sure to bing a smile to your face and warm your hearts.”

—Ilse Schamp, avid reader, Winnipeg, Manitoba

“This was a fun read and I imagine the dog recipes will be welcomed by all dog owners.”

—Harumi Nakanishi, Gatineau, Quebec

“This is a really fun and imaginative read that’s good for all ages. It contains great lessons for dogs and humans alike.”

—Andrew Gonçalves, Lola’s human, Ottawa, Ontario

“A very endearing account chronicling one mighty canine and his doubting owner’s experiences as they navigate life’s ups and downs.”

—Peter L., Arlo’s human, Ottawa, Ontario

Gilbert Le Gras and Olivier Le Gras photo


Gilbert Le Gras was a foreign correspondent with Reuters, reporting on politics and economics around the world. He joined the Canadian public service in 2007, and now works as a Senior Analyst at the Privy Council Office. Le Gras has written several books, including The New New World: the re-emerging markets of South America, the Olivier & Joaquin series, and Exploring our Roots. Gilbert lives in Ottawa, Canada, with Magno.

Olivier Le Gras graduated from a leading Buenos Aires' bilingual international baccalaureate high school, Colegio De La Salle, in December 2019. Olivier decided to spend his gap year with his father, Gilbert, in Ottawa. He is now in his first year of an undergraduate degree in e-commerce at Argentina's Universidad de San Andres. Olivier lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with his younger brother Joaquin and his mother.


Katharina Schopohl is a visual artist who has illustrated a dozen children's books, painted more than 50 murals, and exposed her work in public places, art fairs, and galleries. Katharina has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a certificate in Art Education. Katharina and Gilbert are engaged to be married either later in 2021 or in 2022. Katharina lives in St-Augustin de Mirabel, Quebec, with her daughter Bianca.


Gilbert Le Gras
Katharina Schopohl
Olivier Le Gras

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