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publisher: Kids Can Press

Virginia Wolf

by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

tagged: siblings, imagination & play
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list price: $18.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
published: March 2012
ISBN:9781554536498
publisher: Kids Can Press
Description

Vanessa's sister, Virginia, is in a “wolfish” mood --- growling, howling and acting very strange. It's a funk so fierce, the whole household feels topsy-turvy. Vanessa tries everything she can think of to cheer her up, but nothing seems to work. Then Virginia tells Vanessa about an imaginary, perfect place called Bloomsberry. Armed with an idea, Vanessa begins to paint Bloomsberry on the bedroom walls, transforming them into a beautiful garden complete with a ladder and swing “so that what was down could climb up.” Before long, Virginia, too, has picked up a brush and undergoes a surprising transformation of her own. Loosely based on the relationship between author Virginia Woolf and her sister, painter Vanessa Bell, Virginia Wolf is an uplifting story for readers of all ages.

About the Authors

Kyo Maclear is the author of many books for children, including Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli, and some for adults. When she was a little girl, she wanted very badly to be a fashion designer. She spent countless hours drawing odd dresses, including a very special cloud dress. Her style muses include her mother, Patti Smith, the residents of Moominvalley, and anyone with a sense of casual and androgynous flair. Though she loved writing about Schiaparelli’s signature color, shocking pink, Kyo’s own favorite color is blue. She plants her garden with flowers in all shades of blue, and in spring when they bloom, it’s a blue extravaganza. Kyo makes her home in Toronto, where she lives with her two sons and husband, a musician. You can find her at www.kyomaclearkids.com.

 

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Kyo Maclear is the author of many books for children, including Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli, and some for adults. When she was a little girl, she wanted very badly to be a fashion designer. She spent countless hours drawing odd dresses, including a very special cloud dress. Her style muses include her mother, Patti Smith, the residents of Moominvalley, and anyone with a sense of casual and androgynous flair. Though she loved writing about Schiaparelli’s signature color, shocking pink, Kyo’s own favorite color is blue. She plants her garden with flowers in all shades of blue, and in spring when they bloom, it’s a blue extravaganza. Kyo makes her home in Toronto, where she lives with her two sons and husband, a musician. You can find her at www.kyomaclearkids.com.

 

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Contributor Notes

Kyo Maclear is an award-winning writer and novelist. Her first book for children, Spork, has received a number of honors, including a 2011 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award nomination. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Isabelle Arsenault has illustrated several children's books, including Spork, My Letter to the World and Other Poems and Mr. Gaugin's Heart. She has received many awards for her work, including the Governor General's Award for Illustration. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
4 to 8
Grade:
p to 3
Awards
  • Winner, IBBY Honour List Children's Books for 2014, Illustration, IBBY Canada
  • Winner, Digital Book Award, Best ebook---Fixed Format/Enhanced: Children , Digital Book World Conference
  • Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Canadian Library Association
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award
  • Winner, White Raven Award, International Youth Library
  • Winner, Outstanding International Book, USBBY
  • Commended, CCBC Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center
  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Award, Children's Illustration, Canada Council for the Arts
  • Winner, Books of the Year, Quill & Quire
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Commended, Best Bets, Picture Books, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award, IBBY Canada
Editorial Reviews

... an ambitious story about girlish blues, sisterly differences and the healing power of art ...—The New York Times


Parents will enjoy sharing this book with their sometimes “wolfish? children.—School Library Journal, Starred Review


... plum for adults ... a level of literary and biographical resonance to the tale of sisterly love.—Horn Book


Knowledge of Virginia Woolf and her painter-sister Vanessa Bell is unnecessary; this works beautifully as a bad-day/bad-mood or animal-transformation tale, while readers who know actual depression will find it handled with tenderly forceful aplomb.—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review


Vanessa's act of love is recounted with grace and sensitivity in this remarkable collaboration.—Publisher's Weekly


... the book is ultimately a feel-good celebration of the power of the imagination and art to create perfect places in the world when none can be found.—Booklist

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