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Virginia Wolf

by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

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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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Isabelle Arsenault is an internationally renowned children’s book illustrator whose work has won many awards. Her books include Alpha, Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear, Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky, Once Upon a Northern Night by Jean E. Pendziwol and Migrant by Maxine Trottier.

Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault first collaborated on the graphic novel Jane, the Fox and Me, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Illustration (French) and the Joe Shuster Awards for Best Writer and Best Artist. It was also named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book.

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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, Outstanding International Book, USBBY
  • Commended, CCBC Choices, Cooperative Children’s Book Center
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award
  • Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, Canadian Library Association
  • Winner, White Raven Award, International Youth Library
  • Winner, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award, IBBY Canada
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • Winner, Governor General’s Literary Award, Children’s Illustration, Canada Council for the Arts
  • Commended, Best Bets, Picture Books, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Books of the Year, Quill & Quire

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