#BookADay: VIRGINIA WOLF, written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault (Kids Can Press, 2012)
An extra #BookADay since I'm off to LA soon: VIRGINIA WOLF, written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault (Kids Can Press, 2012). A gorgeously-illustrated picture book loosely based on the life of English writer Virginia Wolf and her sister. Winner of the 2012 Governor's General award for children's illustration, which is essentially the Canadian version of the U.S. Caldecott Medal.
Synopsis: "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."
More about the book on the Kids Can website: www.kidscanpress.com/us/Virginia-Wolf-P5963.aspx
More about the author's children's books: kyomaclearkids.com/
Her adult books: www.kyomaclear.com/
More about the illustrator: www.isabellearsenault.com/
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