Virginia Wolf

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Virginia Wolf

By Kyo Maclear; Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator)

Kids Can Press, Hardcover, 9781554536498, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2012

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 Author
KYO MACLEAR was born in London and grew up in Toronto as the only child of a foreign correspondent. While Stray Love is entirely a work of fiction, it is informed by Kyo s experience of living with a father who was quizzing her on the names of world capitals by the time she was seven. Her first novel, The Letter Opener, was awarded the K.M. Hunter Artists Award and nominated for the in Canada First Novel Award and the Evergreen Award. A dual British-Canadian citizen and resident of Toronto, Kyo is also an award-winning visual arts writer and the author of two acclaimed children s books: Spork and Virginia Wolf (2012). Visit her online at or on Facebook.

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.