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"Virginia Wolf" by Kyo Maclear

Story by Kyo Maclear
Publisher: Kids Can Press 
 Four out of Five Stars

"If I were flying, I would travel
to a perfect place. A place 
with frosted cakes and beautiful 
flowers and excellent trees
to climb and absolutely no doldums..."

The story was cleverly inspired by Virginia Woolf and her sister. Virginia woke up feeling wolfish -- depressed & hysterical, as Virgina Woolf was known as being -- so her sister tries to cheer Virginia up. I love the story's idea, Isabelle Arsenault's art, and the handwriting in the book. The book stands out because their beautiful art choices. However, I may disagree with the word and image choices. It seemed to rely too much on short, choppy sentences. Maybe it was trying to establish a rhythm, but it seemed overly-simple in spots.

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Naoko Fujimoto was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. She was an exchange student and received a B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University South Bend. Her recent publications are in Prairie Schooner, Hotel Amerika, RHINO, Cream City Review, and many other journals. Her first chapbook, “Home, No Home”, won the annual Oro Fino Chapbook Competition by Educe Press. Other short collections, “Silver Seasons of Heartache” and “Cochlea”, will be published by Glass Lyre Press in May, 2017. Currently she is working on her graphic poetry co…