Book of the Week: Virginia Wolf

Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear  Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

Published: 2012 by Kids Can Press, Ltd.

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

Before reading it, I’ve heard a lot of buzz/hype about this book. The buzz/hype was enough to stir my curiosity.

Readers may find this read to be whimsical and fantastical, I found it to be honest, realistic, and above all other things imaginative.

It’s about two sisters – one who goes about her normal, cheerful routine. And the other wakes up in a wolfish mood.

I think this book shows that no matter how old or young you are, bad moods happen to everyone.

Bad moods can really affect the people we truly are.

I love how throughout the book, the “wolfish” sister is actually portrayed as a wolf. I really like this aspect because I know when I’m in a bad mood I feel like a big ogre.

Everyone around her – friends, family, even birds – are affected by her bad mood.

I love how the other sister tries her best to make her sister feel better. It’s what sisters do (or I guess that’s what sisters do since I don’t know firsthand. I’m an only child.)

One point, when the whole household is turned upside down and topsy-turvy, reminds me of the exact moment Alice fell down the rabbit whole.

I love how this book shows young readers the importance of expressing themselves, and shows them that it’s okay to have a bad day. That bad days, and bad moods are natural.

Some days we all just want to be left alone.

Both sisters are relatable.

I love how understanding and calm the other sister is. She’s portrayed as, not only a caring sister, but a best friend.

I love how this book illustrates the give and take of relationships.

When asked what would make the wolfish sister happy, she answers “flying away.”

The other sister sets out to make her sister feel better. She creates a world that both her and her sister can escape to, a world that only they and their imaginations exist.

She paints vivid flowers, blue squirrels, and sprinkle covered cupcakes. It’s a world that even I want to visit!

I love how this story is told, not from the perspective of the “wolfish” sister, but from the other sister who is trying to take care of her.

This book is full of surprises, all of which readers will adore.

The writing is beyond great. It’s spectacular.

The illustrations are lush, soft, and inviting.

I really adored this book, and it has become one of those books that I want in my own personal library.

 

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