June 2012

Virginia Wolf

Kyo Maclear and Isabelle Arsenault’s book is almost a “Wild Things” for girls.

A few weeks ago, my daughter and I participated in the Caught in the Act of Reading Challenge at Pragmatic Mom. It’s a really fun way to get kids reading over the summer—though we read so much every day that I couldn’t see us not reading! You just send in a photo of your child reading and you’ll receive a free book. Easy, right? The best part is that Mia, the site owner, will carefully select a book based on the book your child was reading, sending you something that he or she will be sure to like.

The book we received was Kyo Maclear and Isabelle Arsenault’s Virginia Wolf. The watercolors do remind me of those in the book that we photographed originally, Swimmy—with lots of muted yet beautiful tones coupled with black and white. Once we finished the book, which we both thoroughly enjoyed, I couldn’t help but think of it as a Where the Wild Things are for girls (though the original is for girls, too, certainly! It simply does not feature one), even though the theme of the book was pretty transparent.