BEFRIENDING OTHERS WHO ARE DIFFERENT FROM YOU: Alma and the beast overcome their preconceptions and discover how much they have in common.
UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE: In this book, Alma, the hairy girl, is the main character, and a girl from our world is the beast.
STUNNING ART: Alma’s world is colorful, absorbing and unique.
AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR WITH STRONG FOLLOWING: Esmé is a beloved Tundra creator (and former intern) whose star continues to rise. She’s charming and charismatic, with over 15k Instagram followers.
LOOPY WHIMSY: Readers will love the quirky weirdness and humor of Alma’s hairy world. Esmé’s treatment of themes of tolerance and inclusion are never heavy-handed or didactic.
EVOKES CHILDREN’S CLASSICS: Alma and the Beast brings to mind famous books such as Alice in Wonderland, Where the Wild Things Are and The Lorax.
PRAISE FOR Yak and Dove (by Kyo Maclear):
An Amazon “Best of the Month” pick (September 2017)
A 2017 Quill & Quire Best Kids’ Book of the Year
A Globe and Mail 100 Best Books of 2017 pick
“Every page of Esmé Shapiro’s art is suitable for framing.”—Peter Reynolds, New York Times Book Review
“The humor and whimsical nature of the entries are enhanced by the watercolor, gouache and colored pencil illustrations.”—School Library Journal
“Shapiro’s watercolor illustrations [are enchanting].”—Globe and Mail
PRAISE FOR Ooko:
Nominee, Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Illustrated Book (2016)
“Playful, joyous and hip.”—Kirkus Reviews
“There are some books that are almost not even worth reviewing, simply because their merits are too obvious that they’re primed to become a hit without any outside help…this is one of those books…Shapiro’s sugar-spun world that exists on these pages is an idyllic and compassionate place, where life lessons are learned at a softly rolling pace.”—Globe and Mail
“Shapiro is onto something here: a hard to define ’Ooko-ness,’ that is lovely, invigorating and pure.”—Quill and Quire
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