Bloom! (Hardcover)

A Little Book About Finding Love

By Maria van Lieshout, Maria van Lieshout (Illustrator)

Feiwel & Friends, 9780312369132, 48pp.

Publication Date: December 26, 2007

List Price: 12.95*
* Individual store prices may vary.


Bloom isn’t interested in playing in messy mud puddles with other pigs. She’d rather galavant among pretty flowers. Bloom LOVES flowers and other pretty things. She also likes attention. And when a beautiful butterfly, a “flying flower” wafts by, she falls head over heels in love. But she soon learns that attraction is fleeting, and friendship brings a deeper, more satisfying love.
Maria Van Lieshout deftly, gently portrays the true meaning of love and friendship in story and pictures that are perfect for readers of all ages. Bloom! is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About the Author

Maria Van Lieshout makes her picture book debut with BLOOM! A native of the Netherlands, she now lives in San Francisco. Images from BLOOM! were selected for the 49th Annual Society of Illustrators Exhibition (January - April 2007) and in the published Annual (Spring 2008). Bloom likes this kind of attention very much!

Praise For Bloom!: A Little Book About Finding Love

Praise for BLOOM!:

“As light and sweet as cotton candy, this saga of a pig in love will win over kids and grownups alike. Van Lieshout’s loosely drawn pen and ink illustrations . . . wring Oscar-winning expressions from the slenderest curves and squiggles . . . a beguiling version of love at first sight . . . This paper-over-board book’s stylish design and small square format designate it as a natural for Valentine’s Day.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“The endearingly straightforward tale, rendered in simple, rosy sketches, ends with the two frolicking in a mud puddle. Love can be messy indeed.” —Time Out New York Kids