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  1. Once again, loved the book Raymond. Learned facts about Wawa that I didn’t know so learning those was really enjoyable. My only regret was that I bought my copy at the Visitor’s Center rather than from you personally, so I didn’t have a signed copy with my name in it! As always, wishing you much success with your endeavors.
    Also wanted to share that I read Wawa Goose-Meeting at Fort Friendship to my grand daughter, Misha (who will be 4 on July 25th) while visiting this summer. I took her to the park where the ducks / wild turkeys and geese hang out so she could see a real WawaGoose. She loved the book.

  2. I have really enjoyed all three books and I love that Ray has included so many people we know or knew and that he is including the history of Wawa. The fact that he brings the Wawa Goose to life is wonderful and I am looking forward to the next book. Hopefully Darlene Jordan Pfaff will be able to do the illustrations for the next book.

  3. We loved your “In the Heart of Canada”! Lots of history combined with much fun…and the familiar WawaGoose gang. Ray’s usual good story telling combined with very fine illustrations of heritage structures and scenery by Darlene Pfaff.

  4. The new book is fabulous! I loved it. Darlene’s illustrations are a perfect complement to the storyline. I know my grandchildren are going to love it as well. They loved the first two and are anxious to get their copy of book number three.
    I sure hope you have plans for more Raymond!

  5. Thank you so much for telling me about your photo gallery. I have gone through the slide show twice now. It is beautiful and the scenes bring back so many memories of travelling the highway, snowshoeing trails, walking along sandy and rocky beaches. It is truly a record of our home and backyard and what a magnificient backyard we have to treasure.

  6. You will be glad to know the “Wawa Goose” has landed. The books got here early last week. Got the parcel out of the mailbox, opened it up and read it on the porch, didn’t even wait to get indoors! Loved it! Thanks for the personal autographing.

  7. These books are adorable and the pictures are so colorful and fun. No wonder the kids love them. Great job Raymond! Thanks.

  8. Ordered my 10 copies – cannot wait to crack the cover – just awesome! Congratulations on the second book – when I get home from Fort McMurray on December 9th – it’s one of the first things I’ll be reading! Thank you!!

  9. Hi Ray

    Carter was thrilled to be the first child to read the new book “Maggie Doodle, Loony Loons & Crazy Critters.” He smiled and laughed through the whole story and talked about other loony animals for quite awhile. What a wonderful way to open up the imagination of all children and adults of all ages. You are so right we must all remember to believe in ourselves and our dreams. Can’t wait for the next book. 🙂

  10. Congrats on the publishing and the pictures are fabulous. Sending a cheque for a book for my granddaughter. Everyone should see beautiful Northern Ontario and especially the scenery of gorgeous Wawa. Almost as pretty as my native Cape Breton- lol! Seriously, reminds me of home, including the warmth of the people.

  11. it is July in Texas. The weatherman is prediction triple digit temperatures today. I loved the photos. Right now I would rather be there than here. Thanks for the new (to me) line of books that lie ahead for me and the 4 great grandkids. Jj

  12. Thanks for this unique insight into the Wawa I was born in but moved at a very young age. I purchased 5 books for myself and 4 older siblings who lived in Wawa as well. I surprised them with the books on Christmas Day to open together and was not disappointed in their reactions! It was so interesting listening to them reminisce about all the places mentioned in the book. We are all looking forward to future books, both the Wawa Goose series and others as well.
    Thanks again,
    Betty Jennings
    Nova Scotia

  13. Hey there Deb, thought I would check out the website. Pretty cool and look forward to conversing with you next time your threw BR

  14. Great job Ray. I love how you incorporated so much of our beautiful town’s atmosphere and life into your book. I look forward to more. Keep up the good work.

  15. Fantastic – my talented cousin! Can’t wait for my grandchildren to get their copies plus one for me. It’s those Cape Breton MacDonnell genes – I know it – but perhaps the French lady helped her Scot out too!! I’m so happy for your whole family – no doubt – it was a labour of love from yourself, Debbie, and the children. Thank you on behalf of the clan and everyone in Cape Breton!!! We’re so proud of you.

    Cheerio and looking forward to the next one.

    Cape Breton and Alberta hugs,
    Mary Janet

  16. Raymond, Mom and dad were over for dinner a few nights ago and I showed them your “Wawa Goose” book. They were mightily impressed.

  17. Read the book one evening while soaking in the tub … seriously. the only problem with the book, that I can report, is that the pages aren’t water resistant…. so, maybe you can get extract some of that Wawa goose feather, water repellant & infuse it into the pages for the next in the series. Just a thought.

    Seriously, loved the book, quick & easy read … after many requests from the kids, I simplified the story, & now “the Wawa Goose” is a daily conversation between the kids & as others in the list have mentioned, the art fabulous.

    Looking forward to the next in the series…

  18. WOW WOW WOW! All I can say is I love this book! 🙂 I FINALLY picked up my copies at Coles bookstore this weekend and couldn’t wait to get home and sit to read it! The pictures are wonderful. But the story – ahh… so relevant. It brings me back to all the wonderful memories of my childhood growing up in Wawa.

    My son is too young to enjoy them right now, but LOVES the bright colours in the pictures!! I can’t wait to be able to share a piece of what growing up in Wawa was like…

    Good job Ray! And THANK YOU! I can’t wait to read what comes next!

  19. The book was delightful and very well done. It triggered many good memories of the Wawa I knew as a child. I enjoyed it very much! Continued success!

  20. Hi,

    Just received my book and read it. Loved it. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Job well done Raymond, keep up the good work.


  21. Wishing you much success with your fun, informative and detail packed book. The illustrations are so complementary to your story. Can’t wait to read the upcoming books. A unique gift idea for all those who love Wawa………Thanks, Raymond for the adventure!

  22. Kudos Ray, on a job well done. I trust there will be additional editions in the works.
    Again, job well done.

  23. Hi,
    i love the book! cant wait to read more great books about my home town! 🙂

  24. Received it and read it today! Great job – Thanks so much – great to read about familiar places and people…can’t wait for more!

  25. Thumbs up Raymond. Congratulations to you, Debbie, Breton, Joshua, Amy & Ryan. Looking forward to the book. The check is leaving this morning for a dozen signed copies. Hope your arm gets sore from signing!

    Alex Roddie

  26. Raymond,

    Congratulation on the publication of your book. Wishing you much success. (We’re second cousins, I know Burke).


  27. Hey Ramondo !! (I can say I knew you when…. ) just ordered my book… cant wait for my signed copy. Very proud of your acomplishment…

  28. Congratulations on the publication of Your Wawa Goose Book.I enjoyed the story. I am glad to see our Wawa Goose has friend named Mabou.


  29. Hi Ray,
    Congratulations, what a great story. This is something that everyone from Wawa will want to share with friends and family. Looking forward to the next issue.

  30. Hi Uncle Raymond!!
    Congratulations! Looking forward to getting my books in the mail…we are putting one in James time capsule to be opened in 20 years (expecting a very wise and insightful inscription in that one…no pressure!)
    We are proud of you!

  31. Proud as can be for you. I love the site and pictures and the concepts. I will be ordering when I get home. Is there a chance you’ll be writing about Captain Morgan and the Church of the Departed Spirits? Screenplay with Johnny Depp as lead?
    Congratulations and the very best of luck.

  32. Raymond:

    The masterful way in which you incorporated the creatures native to the area, as well as local landmarks, is reflective of your brilliance! A worthwhile investment for everyone! Keep them coming!

  33. Congratulations!!!! Your website is great. Sending my cheque in the mail on Monday!! Can’t wait to read your book!!!


  34. Thanks for all the kind words people. (Merci Yvette) Robin, you’re #1, the first Guestbook entry. Guestbook has been changed to Goosedbook, at the suggestion of my niece Francine Moran, aka “Frankie Fly”. The photo gallery section was created with people like you in mind, Aca Markovic. For those who were raised in this area, but live elsewhere today. Enjoy. I’ll be checking the entries here everyday, but obviously can’t respond to each one personally. I want you all to know your words are seen and appreciated. Stay tuned. We’ve only just begun…

  35. Love the website, love the pics…chuckled with the temperature pic of -40….can’t wait to get my signed copy! Congrats and I hope you sell lots! Can’t wait already for the next one!
    Mandy, Steven and Ethan!

  36. Well done Raymond, glad to see all your hard work come together. Wishing you all the success in the world.


  37. Raymond:

    I enjoyed your site, especially the photo gallery. It brought back so many great memories of growing up in Wawa.

    Thank you,

    Aca Markovic

  38. Congrats Raymond,
    Great job. Keep them coming. Can’t wait to read the next one…Annette & James

  39. Hi Raymond, I read everything on your website and looked at your beautiful pictures – very nice indeed. Good luck with this wonderful and exciting endeavor…..Lorraine

  40. Hi Ray & Deb, Wishing you all plenty of success in whatever life brings your way!!!Sending out my cheque in the mail today. No matter how long or far away from Wawa, it will always hold a place in my heart for fond memories of family, friends and just the security of growing up in such a wonderful place….John.

  41. Hi Raymond/Debbie….

    A long flight for both of you and your 4 young co-pilots.

    Congratulations to all and hope your endeavors bring you some wonderful memories.


  42. Bravo Raymond, semble très intéressant et je t’envoie mon chèque par la poste pour mon livre autographié. Encore une fois bravo et j’espère qu’il y en aura d’autres.

  43. Hey Raymond,

    Just checking out your website, great job, the cheque will be in the mail today for my signed copy!!!!!!!!!! I love the look of this site and the cover of the book just
    grabs you to want to see more. See ya in the summer!!

  44. Wonderful book! We love the vibrant colors and of course the story. Thank you for donating a copy for our collection at the Wawa Public Library. We look forward to your future titles.
    Jayne Griffith, CEO

  45. Hi Ray,
    Looking forward to more books. Love the illustrations. Its nice to know, the Wawa I grew up in, will be coming back to life.

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