Virginia Wolf

Kyo Maclear
Isabelle Arsenault

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.

978-1-55453-649-8 | Mar 1, 2012
List Price: USD $16.99, CAD $18.99
4-color 8 3/4 x 11 1/8 32 pages
Grades: Pre-K To 3 / Ages: 4 to 8
978-1-77138-093-5 | Dec 3, 2013
List Price: USD $5.99, CAD $5.99

Awards & Reviews

“Vanessa's act of love is recounted with grace and sensitivity in this remarkable collaboration.”
— Publisher's Weekly, January 2012
“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, February 2012
“... 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, February 2012
“Parents will enjoy sharing this book with their sometimes “wolfish” children.”
— School Library Journal, Starred Review, April 2012
“... plum for adults ... a level of literary and biographical resonance to the tale of sisterly love.”
— Horn Book, July 2012
“... an ambitious story about girlish blues, sisterly differences and the healing power of art ...”
— The New York Times, March 2012
“It's a tale to delight literary-minded adults as much as the kids they're tucking in.”
— The Guardian, March 2017
2014 - Digital Book Award, Best ebook --- Fixed Format/Enhanced: Children, Digital Book World Conference, Winner
2014 - IBBY Honour List Children's Books for 2014, Illustration, IBBY Canada, Winner
2013 - Outstanding International Book, USBBY, Winner
2013 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Canadian Library Association, Short-listed
2013 - CCBC Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Commended
2013 - White Raven Award, International Youth Library, Winner
2013 - Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, Short-listed
2012 - Governor General's Literary Award, Children's Illustration, Canada Council for the Arts, Winner
2012 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2012 - Books of the Year, Quill & Quire, Winner
2012 - Best Bets, Picture Books, Ontario Library Association, Commended
2012 - Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award, IBBY Canada, Winner

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