Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear

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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 Kyo Maclear

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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.
Published March 1, 2012 by Kids Can Press, Ltd.. 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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Bright became dim.” Vanessa creeps into bed to comfort her sister, but what finally helps is painting.

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In an invented episode from Virginia Woolf’s depression-beset youth, young Vanessa Bell narrates the story of one of her sister’s bad spells, punning on Woolf’s adult surname: “She made wolf sounds and did strange things.” Virginia’s rages disrupt the entire household (“Up became down.

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(There are plenty of books for children that address such emotions in a clunky and condescending manner.) One of the most beautiful, which Nel and Mickenberg note, is Shaun Tan’s arresting 2001 title, The Red Tree, which “[invites] readers to view the world through the eyes of a clinically depres...

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City Book Review

Kyo Maclear states this, her second book for children, is “loosely inspired by the great writer Virginia Wolf and her older sister, painter Vanessa Bell.” While this book stands alone well as a children’s story, this reviewer feels Maclear missed an opportunity to share more with children the liv...

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Portland Book Review

Virginia Wolf is a darling new children’s book by Kyo Maclear and Isabelle Arsenault.

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