Virginia Wolf

Virginia Wolf

Hide Details By Kyo Maclear
Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Catégories: Children's Fiction
Series: Enchanter
Hardcover : 9781554536498, 32 pages, Kids Can Press
Mars 2012


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.


  • Winner, Digital Book Award, Best ebook---Fixed Format/Enhanced: Children , Digital Book World Conference 2014
  • Winner, Outstanding International Book, USBBY 2013
  • Winner, Books of the Year, Quill & Quire 2012
  • Winner, IBBY Honour List Children's Books for 2014, Illustration, IBBY Canada 2014
  • Winner, White Raven Award, International Youth Library 2013
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2012
  • Commended, Best Bets, Picture Books, Ontario Library Association 2012
  • Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Canadian Library Association 2013
  • Winner, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award, IBBY Canada 2012
  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Award, Children's Illustration, Canada Council for the Arts 2012
  • Commended, CCBC Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center 2013
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award 2013


... plum for adults ... a level of literary and biographical resonance to the tale of sisterly love.—Horn Book

... an ambitious story about girlish blues, sisterly differences and the healing power of art ...—The New York Times

Knowledge of Virginia Woolf and her painter-sister Vanessa Bell is unnecessary; this works beautifully as a bad-day/bad-mood or animal-transformation tale, while readers who know actual depression will find it handled with tenderly forceful aplomb.—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Vanessa's act of love is recounted with grace and sensitivity in this remarkable collaboration.—Publisher's Weekly

Parents will enjoy sharing this book with their sometimes ?wolfish? children.—School Library Journal, Starred Review

... the book is ultimately a feel-good celebration of the power of the imagination and art to create perfect places in the world when none can be found.—Booklist