Have a Perfect Day with Pinny in Summer

Have a perfect day by checking out these stunning spreads from Pinny in Summer, written by Joanne Schwartz and illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant. What’s Pinny’s idea of a perfect day, you ask? Pinny and her friends spend their day watching clouds, picking wild blueberries and enjoying a picnic.

Pinny in Summer
Pinny in Summer
Pinny in Summer

 


Pinny in Summer

This engaging story, told in chapter-like episodes, follows Pinny on a long, lazy summer day. As sunshine turns to rain and back to sun again, Pinny searches for a wishing rock, watches clouds, picks wild blueberries, feeds a seagull, and bakes a cake to share with her friends.

An ideal book for children beginning to make the jump to independent reading, Pinny in Summer demonstrates the joy young people find in nature and an unstructured life. Pinny is allowed to explore her world freely, and her small setbacks and triumphs will be familiar to every child.

With charming illustrations by Isabelle Malenfant and a spare, poetic text from author Joanne Schwartz, Pinny in Summer is a bright and inviting picture book that captures all the delight of a perfect summer day.

The Breadwinner Cartoon Adaptation Releases New Artwork

We are so excited that the cartoon adaptation of The Breadwinner has gone to production! What better way to celebrate than taking a look at some of the newly released artwork from the film. Thanks to Cartoon Saloon for these fantastic images.

The Breakwinner Adaptation Artwork

The Breakwinner Adaptation Artwork

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The Breakwinner Adaptation Artwork

The Breakwinner Adaptation Artwork


The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

The first book in Deborah Ellis’s riveting Breadwinner series is an award-winning novel about loyalty, survival, families and friendship under extraordinary circumstances during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan.

Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city. Parvana’s father — a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed — works from a blanket on the ground in the marketplace, reading letters for people who cannot read or write. One day, he is arrested for the crime of having a foreign education, and the family is left without someone who can earn money or even shop for food.

As conditions for the family grow desperate, only one solution emerges. Forbidden to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy, and become the breadwinner.

The Important Landmarks of Sidewalk Flowers

In Sidewalk Flowers, a little girl collects wildflowers while her distracted father pays her little attention. Each flower becomes a gift, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and recipient are transformed by their encounter. “Written” by award-winning poet JonArno Lawson and brought to life by illustrator Sydney Smith, Sidewalk Flowers is an ode to the importance of small things, small people and small gestures.

In The Horn Book Magazine‘s May/June 2016 Special Issue on Collaborations, Sydney Smith has illustrated a full-page spread on The Important Landmarks of Sidewalk Flowers — landmarks that include The Art Gallery of Ontario, JonArno Lawson’s home, and “the rusty train bridge.” The map itself is a collaborative piece on collaboration; the map was evolved and thought through by both Sydney and JonArno Lawson together, though the final illustration was done by Sydney.

Click on the image below to expand the illustration and view the landmarks — how many have you been to or walked by?

Sidewalk Flowers published by Groundwood Books


Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and Sydney SmithWinner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Illustrated Book

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year

In this wordless picture book, a little girl collects wildflowers while her distracted father pays her little attention. Each flower becomes a gift, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and recipient are transformed by their encounter.

“Written” by award-winning poet JonArno Lawson and brought to life by illustrator Sydney Smith, Sidewalk Flowers is an ode to the importance of small things, small people and small gestures.

Kevin Sylvester on Technology

Kevin Sylvester, author of Super-Duper Monster Viewer, thanks technology — and gives us a glimpse as to where some of the illustrations in Super-Duper Monster Viewer might have been inspired from.


Super Duper Monster Viewer by Kevin Sylvester

Imagine that you are holding a device that will allow you to see the monsters that live invisibly all around us. All you have to do is follow the simple instructions and…total chaos!

Technology isn’t always easy, and this monster viewer disguised as a book is no exception. If you hold the viewer too high, all you see are the tops of the monsters’ heads. Too low, and all you see are their feet. And things don’t get any better when the monsters themselves try to help out.

Full of puns and visual jokes, Super Duper Monster Viewer pokes gentle fun at our obsession with technology and the next cool thing. And while the two monsters we meet in this book might be terrible at tech support, they make pretty fun companions just the same.

Written and illustrated by the irrepressibly funny and highly acclaimed children’s author Kevin Sylvester, Super-Duper Monster Viewer is sure to bring laughter — and maybe a little mayhem — into your day.

Enter to Win a Lisa Moore & Dasha Tolstikova Prize Pack!

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Lisa Moore and Dasha Tostikova are in Toronto this week, and we’re so excited! If you’re not able to make it out to any of the events, it’s you’re lucky day. We’re giving away a prize pack that includes:

  1. Flannery by Lisa Moore
  2. A Year Without mom by Dasha Tolstikova

The contest runs from May 16th to May 29th. A winner will be randomly chosen. Fill out the form below to enter!

Upcoming Events May 2016

There is so much going on this month with Groundwood Books. And we would absolutely love it if you could join us at one of our many events. We’ve rounded them up here, and hopefully we see you soon!

TCAF 2016

May 14 & 15
Toronto Comic Arts Festival

We have three wonderful illustrators making appearances at TCAF this weekend.

Book Signings

Saturday @ 10:30am to 11:00am – Matt James, illustrator of The Stone Thrower
Saturday @ 11:30am to 12:30pm – Dasha Tolstikova, creator of A Year Without Mom
Sunday @ 11:15am to 11:45am – Sydney Smith, illustrator of The White Cat and the Monk
Sunday @ 1:30pm to 2:30pm – Dasha Tolstikova, creator of A Year Without Mom

Programming

Saturday @ 10:00am – Matt James draw-along
locationDraw-Along Kids Room, Toronto Reference Library Appel Salon

Sunday @ 12:00 – Sydney Smith draw-along
  locationDraw-Along Kids Room, Toronto Reference Library Appel Salon

Sunday @ 12:15 – Dasha Tolstikova “Memoir for Kids” Panel
locationMarriott: Forest Hill Ballroom


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Lisa Moore @ Eh List Author Series

The eh List Author Series is hosting award-winning author, Lisa Moore at the Toronto Public Library. Lisa will be at the Lillian H. Smith branch Monday May 16th from 7:00pm-8:00pm, and Runnymede branch Tuesday May 17th from 7:00pm-8:00pm.
 


Lisa Moore and Dasha Tolstikova @ Koffler

May 18
Mother Daughter Book Club

On Wednesday @ 6:00pm, please join us as acclaimed creators Lisa Moore and Dasha Tolstikova read from their latest books and chat about mothers, daughters, growing up, and everything in between. The event is at the Small World Music Centre, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St.

Reviews of Flannery by Lisa Moore

The wait is finally over. Flannery by Lisa Moore is now available for purchase at houseofanansi.com! Though she is known for her award-winning literary novels, Moore’s new venture is in YA fiction with Groundwood Books. And, similar to her past work, there has been tons of coverage and reviews leading up to the release. Here are just a few of the great things being said about Flannery:

Star Review“Smart, bold, heartbreaking—sophisticated teen readers will be wowed.” Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review“FLANNERY is perfectly planted in the sweet spot of YA writing. It’s good for the smart literary teen and the teen who plows through salacious bestsellers. It’s also for the adult who wants to remember how hard and how beautiful it was to be a teenager. This one is highly recommended.” Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review“An engaging story and strong purchase with some valuable lessons about love, friendship, and growing up.” School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review“More than a teen romance, this poignant, intimate novel is a thoughtful, mature exploration of the joys — and hazards — of love of all sorts.” Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW

“Moore’s vivid writing and keen understanding of interpersonal dynamics bring this to life.” Booklist

“The book will appeal to fans of contemporary romance as well as realistic fiction. The strong sense of place gives Flannery a particularly Canadian flavour, but the universal themes will make it relevant to high school students everywhere. A fast-moving, engaging novel, Flannery is a must for high school libraries. Highly recommended.” Canadian Review of Materials

“Thoughtful readers who appreciated ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell . . . will find much to love in FLANNERY.” VOYA Magazine

“Flannery remains precocious and independent, a pragmatic heroine with a fierce attitude, quiet patience, and indomitable survival instinct.” Publishers Weekly


Flannery by Lisa Moore

Sixteen-year-old Flannery Malone has it bad. She’s been in love with Tyrone O’Rourke since the days she still believed in Santa Claus. But Tyrone has grown from a dorky kid into an outlaw graffiti artist, the rebel-with-a-cause of Flannery’s dreams, literally too cool for school.

Which is a problem, since he and Flannery are partners for the entrepreneurship class that she needs to graduate. And Tyrone’s vanishing act may have darker causes than she realizes.

Tyrone isn’t Flannery’s only problem. Her mother, Miranda, can’t pay the heating bills, let alone buy Flannery’s biology book. Her little brother, Felix, is careening out of control. And her best-friend-since-forever, Amber, has fallen for a guy who is making her forget all about the things she’s always cared most about — Flannery included — leading Amber down a dark and dangerous path of her own.

When Flannery decides to make a love potion for her entrepreneurship project, rumors that it actually works go viral, and she suddenly has a hot commodity on her hands. But a series of shattering events makes her realize that real-life love is far more potent — and potentially damaging — than any fairy-tale prescription.

Written in Lisa Moore’s exuberant and inimitable style, Flannery is by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, empowering and harrowing — often all on the same page. It is a novel whose spell no reader will be able to resist.

New Releases from Groundwood this May

You won’t need to wait very long for this month’s new releases! We have two new juvenile fiction novels for YA fans, and two beautifully illustrated picture books coming out May 1st.


Flannery by Lisa MooreFlannery
by Lisa Moore
Available: May 1

Sixteen-year-old Flannery Malone has it bad. She’s been in love with Tyrone O’Rourke since the days she still believed in Santa Claus. But Tyrone has grown from a dorky kid into an outlaw graffiti artist, the rebel-with-a-cause of Flannery’s dreams, literally too cool for school.

Which is a problem, since he and Flannery are partners for the entrepreneurship class that she needs to graduate. And Tyrone’s vanishing act may have darker causes than she realizes.

Tyrone isn’t Flannery’s only problem. Her mother, Miranda, can’t pay the heating bills, let alone buy Flannery’s biology book. Her little brother, Felix, is careening out of control. And her best-friend-since-forever, Amber, has fallen for a guy who is making her forget all about the things she’s always cared most about — Flannery included — leading Amber down a dark and dangerous path of her own.

When Flannery decides to make a love potion for her entrepreneurship project, rumors that it actually works go viral, and she suddenly has a hot commodity on her hands. But a series of shattering events makes her realize that real-life love is far more potent — and potentially damaging — than any fairy-tale prescription.


Pinny in Summer by Joanne Schwartz

Pinny in Summer
by Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
Available: May 1

This engaging story, told in chapter-like episodes, follows Pinny on a long, lazy summer day. As sunshine turns to rain and back to sun again, Pinny searches for a wishing rock, watches clouds, picks wild blueberries, feeds a seagull, and bakes a cake to share with her friends.

An ideal book for children beginning to make the jump to independent reading, Pinny in Summerdemonstrates the joy young people find in nature and an unstructured life. Pinny is allowed to explore her world freely, and her small setbacks and triumphs will be familiar to every child.

With charming illustrations by Isabelle Malenfant and a spare, poetic text from author Joanne Schwartz, Pinny in Summer is a bright and inviting picture book that captures all the delight of a perfect summer day.


The Stone Thrower by Jael Richardson

The Stone Thrower
by Jael Ealey Richardson, illustrated by Matt James
Available: May 1

The African-American football player Chuck Ealey grew up in a segregated neighborhood of Portsmouth, Ohio. Against all odds, he became an incredible quarterback. But despite his unbeaten record in high school and university, he would never play professional football in the United States.

Chuck Ealey grew up poor in a racially segregated community that was divided from the rest of town by a set of train tracks, but his mother assured him that he wouldn’t stay in Portsmouth forever. Education was the way out, and a football scholarship was the way to pay for that education. So despite the racist taunts he faced at all the games he played in high school, Chuck maintained a remarkable level of dedication and determination. And when discrimination followed him to university and beyond, Chuck Ealey remained undefeated.


A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell

A Small Madness
by Dianne Touchell
Available: May 1

Rose and Michael are good students with bright futures. They are also in love. But when Rose gets pregnant, her behavior becomes increasingly strange as she pulls away from her best friend, and from Michael, while she struggles to cope with her predicament.

Rose cannot admit that she is pregnant (“If I say it, it will come to be true.”). She moves from denial to ineptly trying to terminate her pregnancy, to believing that she has miscarried, while deep inside, she is on a mental and emotional downward spiral. Meanwhile, Michael, in his confusion, desperation to help and fear of the wrath of his controlling father, sinks into his own kind of small madness.

Inspired by the story of two teens in the US who were arrested for hiding the girl’s pregnancy and later disposing of the baby, Touchell says, “When I saw them on TV I was amazed to see they looked like normal kids. They were from good families; they just looked destroyed. . . . I thought, there’s more than one victim here; what went on with these kids and why did they think they had no one to go to?”

 

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