Michel Thériault is singer-songwriter from Moncton, who gets his tender and humorous inspirati on from humankind's shortcomings and everyday life's twists and turns. His guitar has travelled around in Quebec, France, Belgium and Switzerland. In 2016, he won the Eloize Award for Music Artist of the Year.
Magali Ben A self-taught illustrator, Magali Ben's main source of inspiration is nature and all that surrounds it. Magali nurtures her work with beauty she finds in the world, with words, with films, paintings, photos and emotions. She counts herself lucky to be able to interact with a world where anything is possible: the world of imagination.
"Same-sex couples haven't always been accepted in society, but it is possible for love and beauty to triumph. Two boys are friends and age gracefully together as a same-sex couple. Singer/Songwriter Michel Theriault effectively collaborates with artist/illustrator Magali Ben in the pages of Roger and Matthew to provide an informative picture book with an LGBTQ theme that is sensitive, thoughtful, and unreservedly recommended for children ages 6-9 and appropriate for family, elementary school, and community library Contemporary Social Issues picture book collections for young readers." — Midwest Book Review
"A sweet introduction to the idea of same-gender couples that focuses on the love between the two individuals and completely normalizes the relationship on a level appropriate for the youngest readers." — Kirkus Review
"An ode to the quiet constancy of love, Roger and Matthew knocks on the doors of our hearts and invites conversations." — Foreword Reviews
The original book, Ils sont..., was written in French by New Brunswick author/musician Michel Thériault. The text from Ils sont... is originally a song called "Roger et Mathieu", from the CD "Drôle d'oiseau". Click here to see the French version of the book with Michel singing the song:
The video starts at the 50 second point of the video. Click on the beginning of the video to hear Michel talking about the video in french.