Nfld. & Labrador

Munsch's next book to be chosen by online vote

People in Labrador are keen to see a story based in one of their communities made into a book by children's author Robert Munsch.

Rigolet, Brussels, Fort McMurray competing for prize

Residents of Labrador are keen to see a story from one of their communities made into a book by children's author Robert Munsch.

The story that takes place in Rigolet, on the north coast of Labrador, is one of three Canadian stories in the running in an online competition.

Munsch's publisher Scholastic Corp. is holding a contest asking people to choose which story will end up in print by voting online.

About 20 years ago, Munsch visited Rigolet. Resident Roger Shiwak and his daughter Cheryl took the storyteller ice fishing.

"It was a bit cold … we never got any fish, but we tried," said Shiwak.

That experience stayed with Munsch and a story came out of it. In Munsch's story, the fish catches Cheryl . He's told the story to audiences around the world but it has never been published

Now that the Rigolet fish story is competing against others from Brussels, Ont., and Fort McMurray, Alta., Munsch-mania has gripped the community.

At the local school, teacher Lindsay Wood has been using every computer class as an opportunity to encourage students to vote online.

"Every time I mention it to them and they remember that it's going on, they scream and shout and get so excited," said Wood

Munsch promised to visit the town if Rigolet wins.

The online competition closes Sunday.