The Liszts make lists. They make lists most usual and lists most unusual. They make lists in winter, spring, summer and fall. They make lists every day except Sundays, which are listless. Mama Liszt, Papa Liszt, Winifred, Edward, Frederick and Grandpa make lists all day long. So does their cat. Then one day a visitor arrives. He's not on anyone's list. Will the Liszts be able to make room on their lists for this new visitor? How will they handle something unexpected arising? Kyo Maclear's quirky, whimsical story, perfectly brought to life with the witty, stylish illustrations of Júlia Sardà, is a humorous and poignant celebration of spontaneity.
About the authors
KYO MACLEAR was born in London and grew up in Toronto as the only child of a foreign correspondent. Her father reported on some significant world events, including recording the first interviews with American POWs in North Vietnam. While Stray Love is entirely a work of fiction, it is informed by her experiences living with her father. Her first novel, The Letter Opener (2007), was awarded the K.M. Hunter Artists Award and shortlisted for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Maclear is also an award-winning visual arts writer and the author of two children’s books: Spork (2010) and Virginia Wolf (2012). Visit her online at www.kyomaclear.ca.
- Long-listed, Kate Greenaway Medal
SELECTION - 100 Magnificent Children’s Books 2016
SELECTION - The Best Picture Books of 2016
SELECTION - The Oddest Children's Books of 2016
PRAISE FOR The Liszts:
"Reminiscent of the best nonsense children's books, Maclear's wry tale oozes pure whimsy. The text revels in offbeat sincerity, wringing chuckles out of juxtapositions and amusing dialogue .... Simply enchanting in all its quirks." --Kirkus Reviews
"The joy shared by Edward and the visitor lifts the story out of its velvet-draped languor." --Publishers Weekly
"An entirely unique book, ideal for one-on-one sharing, with rich illustrations and a quaint story worth poring over." --School Library Journal
"Text and art beautifully combine to draw the reader in to revel not only in artifacts and lavish detail, but the wide-open spaces of the unknown." --Quill & Quire
"…the offbeat, eye-catching illustrations will lure in many to this sophisticated, darkly humorous tale." --Booklist
"In a time when information is increasingly available as point-form snippets, The Liszts is a reminder to explore the world and find joy in its crazy unpredictability." --National Reading Campaign
"…a lyrical, whimsical and wonderfully-written tale featuring beautiful artwork that will keep kids turning the pages, if not turn them back again for the almost gothic look of the Liszt’s colorful world." --Paradise Bound
"[A] humorous and poignant celebration of spontaneity." --49th Shelf (blog)