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Virginia Wolf Hardcover – Mar 1 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (March 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554536499
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554536498
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.3 x 29.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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* "In the literary bounty of books about bad moods and bad days, this one goes deeper than most, poignantly showing literal and metaphorical glimpses of real depression. ... At the wolf's suggestion, Vanessa paints a whimsical, expanding world called 'Bloomsberry,' bursting with blossoms, birds and magic. Arsenault reproduces the earlier 'Up became down' spread but inverts its position and hue: Now objects waft upwards and the mood is buoyant. The wolf -- previously a black near-silhouette with snout and tail, wearing a dress -- morphs back into a girl. Wolf ears, silhouetted from behind, become a hair bow. Ink, pencil and paint deftly divide color from black-and-white as emotional symbolism. Lettering is carefully handwritten. 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. (Picture book. 5-10)" --Kirkus (starred review)

* "Drawing inspiration from Virginia Woolf and her sister, Maclear tells the story of two siblings who share a strong bond and creative spirit despite their dissimilar personalities. ... It is the delicacy of the mixed-media illustrations (ink, pencil, watercolor, gouache) that tames the feral Virginia and gives real strength to the story. Parents will enjoy sharing this book with their sometimes 'wolfish' children." --School Library Journal (starred review)

"...an ambitious story about girlish blues, sisterly differences and the healing power of art. ...Isabelle Arsenault, who won a Times Best Illustrated award last year for her work on 'Migrant,' by Maxine Trottier, imaginatively and deliciously depicts a child's inner world." --New York Times

About the Author

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.


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This is one of my favourite children's books. I picked it up while doing my teaching practicum, though I didn't use ut in the classroom then. I have since used it several times to demonstrate the power of love and friendship, empathy and how we can bring our loved ones out of sadness (and depression). It's a simply beautiful story that is strongly complemented by the equally beautiful illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault. The illustrations truly add to the power of the story and take it even further through visual imagination. My students always end up inspired to do their own drawing and paining after hearing this lovely story!
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This book is one of my favorite books to use in my elementary library classes. The story works very well for young readers as a story about sisterhood and creativity, but for older children, it opens the doors to discussion about the real Virgina Woolf and what ideas are 'hidden' in the story. The illustrations are stunning and the physical quality of the book is quite lovely as well. (I love nice thick paper). I highly recommend this book from a great author and an amazing illustrator.
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Love this book so much, especially because i am a big admirer of Isabelle Arsenault's work! Just like Jane, The Fox and Me, this is another surprisingly beautiful depicted story <3
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a cute illustrated book for girls with sisters
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This book must. Be read in hard copy not on the iPad. It is a very clunky experience and ruins the beautiful art work. I read it on an iPad and that was too small any smaller device would be much worse. Very disappointed with my purchase. I HUGE waste of money.
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