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Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear and Isabelle Arsenault

After loving Spork by the same duo last year, I decided to borrow Virginia Wolf, written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, from the library. Again, I went with the digital format which is not ideal for reading a picture book, but there was actually a read-aloud version that reads the picture book to you as you follow along! Clearly not intended for readers over 30, but I enjoyed trying it out that way on a Sunday morning.

The adorable story of Virginia Wolf is loosely inspired by the real Virginia Woolf and her older sister, painter Vanessa Bell, and it’s a story about sisterhood and having one of those grumpy days. It seems like nothing makes Virginia happy, she is feeling really ‘wolfish’, until her sister decides to paint their bedroom into a magical place. I loved the illustrations in this book which capture the story perfect. The story itself is simple but sweet, a tender portrait of sisterhood and mental health, although I do wonder if it might have more appeal to adults than children. Virginia Wolf is definitely an emotional little book, I certainly plan to pick up more picture books by both Maclear and Arsenault in the future–probably the very near future–because they are just so lovely to read.

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