Virginia Wolf

Virginia Wolf

Book - 2012
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Vanessa's sister, Virginia, is in a "wolfish" mood -- growling, howling and acting very strange. Vanessa tries everything she can think of to cheer her up, but nothing seems to work. Loosely based on the relationship between author Virginia Woolf and her sister, painter Vanessa Bell.
Publisher: Toronto : Kids Can Press, c2012
ISBN: 9781554536498
Characteristics: [32] p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm


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Virginia looks like a little girl, but inside, she feels like a wolf. Her sister Vanessa doesn't know what's wrong, but she's determined to cheer Virginia up. In this beautifully illustrated picture book, the real-life relationship between author Virginia Woolf and her sister Vanessa Bell is tran... Read More »

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VaughanPLDonnalee Dec 05, 2020

This is a beautiful picture book about two sisters. I loved how it explored their relationship. Children can enjoy the story and identify with the grumpy "wolfish" sister. Everyone has bad days! Adults may recognize that is also a story about depression and may also appreciate that it is inspired by the story of writer Virginia Wolf and her artist sister Vanessa. Readers of all ages can enjoy the gorgeous, exquisite illustrations. The illustrations start out mostly black and white, but more colour is introduced throughout the story and the result is really beautiful and helps tell the story. A great book about emotions and empathy.

Dec 20, 2017

What a great story! And yes, it is a play on Virginia Woolf, and Vanessa Bell, and Bloomsbury (Bloomsberry), but a child won't need to know that to love this story. What happens when one family member gets the doldrums and turns the whole house upside down? Art, and a sister, save the day, of course. Gorgeous illustrations.

Kyo Maclear and Isabelle Arsenault pair up for a truly enchanting picture book. Arsenault's use of pen, ink, pastel and hand lettering is all manner of divine.

Oct 03, 2015

An interesting book about depression? Wonderful illustrations that my preschool son enjoyed.

Feb 15, 2014

It is not more of an adult book. As everyone including children can have off days where they are not always happy. Children can be in rotten grumpy moods just as much as adults can. My 5 year old daughter loved this book, and what it was that made the girl look like a wolf - she thought that part was very funny.

lms Jul 26, 2013

This is such a clever take on a famous author - also very appropriate for a royal prince.

Nov 25, 2012

Book about depression. More of an adult book.

forbesrachel Sep 06, 2012

When someone is down they can be an outright wolf to everyone around them. it can take great effort to cheer them up, but this girl shows just how worthy it is to try.

McIndoo May 17, 2012

Amazing illustrations and great writing too! This might just be the best picture book of the year so far!


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