The Plain Janes – Cecil Castellucci & Jim Rugg

The Plain JanesThe Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci & Jim Rugg

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: January 2020
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Art, Friendship, Mental Health, Romance, High School


This graphic novel makes the following claim, supported by multiple events, throughout its story: that art saves. That without it, we can easily drown underwater and lose sight of the beauty that surrounds us even in bleak times. Continue reading

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
Published: March 2018
Publisher: First Second
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Biography, Feminism, Coming of Age, Art, Science, History


Throughout history and across the globe, one characteristic connects the daring women of Brazen: their indomitable spirit. Against overwhelming adversity, these remarkable women raised their voices and changed history. With her one-of-a-kind wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world-famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies. Continue reading

Starfish – Akemi Dawn Bowman

29456598Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Borrowed
Published: September 26th, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mental Health, Art, Family Relationships, Romance, Coming of Age


Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin. But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave. Continue reading

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
Publisher: Tundra Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Biography, Fashion, Art


A dazzling first-person picture book biography of the life of iconic fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli by the award-winning team who created Julia, Child. Continue reading

Claudia & Moth – Jennifer Hansen Rolli

Claudia & Moth by Jennifer Hansen RolliClaudia & Moth by Jennifer Hansen Rolli

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: November 7th, 2017
Publisher: Viking BFYR
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Art, Imagination, Seasons & Animals


A small girl with a passion for nature turns to her new passion for art as the seasons turn colder. Claudia loves butterflies. Blue ones. Yellow ones. Purple ones with dots. And since she can’t take them home, she paints them in all their beautiful colors. But when winter comes, there are no more butterflies to paint…until she finds a little moth. Suddenly, Claudia sees winter in a whole new light. Continue reading

Le Jardinier de La Nuit

Le Jardinier de La Nuit de Eric Fan

Ma note: 3 de 5 étoiles
Reçu: Distributeur
Parution: Mars 2017
Éditions: Scholastic
Sujets: Album illustré, Communauté, Artiste


L’album s’ouvre sur une illustration monochrome qui dépeint l’atmosphère d’une ville semblable à tant d’autres. Ses habitants sont loin de se douter que le geste d’un seul homme est sur le point de changer leur vie. Cet homme est un artiste qui, à la faveur de la nuit et secrètement, crée avec le feuillage des arbres de somptueuses sculptures. L’album se pare de plus en plus de couleurs évoquant la joie. Parmi la foule rassemblée au pied des oeuvres, seul un jeune garçon aura le bonheur de connaître l’auteur de tant de beauté. Il deviendra l’apprenti de ce vieil artiste qui lui transmettra avec bienveillance son précieux savoir. Continue reading

Return (Journey Trilogy #3) – Aaron Becker

28814845Return by Aaron Becker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: 2016
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Family, Art, Creativity, Adventure


Failing to get the attention of her busy father, a lonely girl turns back to a fantastic world for friendship and adventure. It’s her third journey into the enticing realm of kings and emperors, castles and canals, exotic creatures and enchanting landscapes. This time, it will take something truly powerful to persuade her to return home, as a gripping backstory is revealed that will hold readers in its thrall. Continue reading