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The Ugly Place
By (author): Laura Deal Illustrated by: Emma Pedersen
Laura Deal ,

Illustrated by :

Emma Pedersen

Imprint:

Inhabit Media - Iqaluit

ISBN:

9781772274325

Product Form:

Hardcover

Form detail:

Picture book
Hardcover , Picture book
English

Audience:

Juvenile: Age (years) 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) 1 - 3, Grade (US) 1 - 3, Reading age 6 - 8
Jul 05, 2022
Print Run: 4000
$18.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

9in x 9 x 1 in | 320 gr

Page Count:

28 pages

Illustrations:

full colour illustrations
Inhabit Media
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
Picture storybooks: bedtime stories, sleep and dreams
Nunavut
  • Short Description

A child makes their way along the Arctic shoreline on a dark day. Everything around them seems as ugly as their mood until the child closes their eyes and breathes. What they once saw as an ugly landscape is now wonderful and vibrant.

"Where the landscape mirrors my heart..."



From the author of In the Sky at Nighttime.

A child makes their way along the Arctic shoreline on a dark day. Everything around them seems as ugly as their mood, from the weather to the fish and mud. This is the place they come to whenever they feel ugly.

But as the child closes their eyes and listens, the sound of the waves reminds them to breathe. The tiny krill flick their tails, and the brightly coloured sea stars seem to glow. What they once saw as an ugly landscape is now wonderful and vibrant, and alive with music and beauty.

Building on concepts of social-emotional awareness, this book helps young readers see that they have the ability to control their own emotions.

  • Building on concepts of social-emotional awareness, this book helps young readers to see that they have the ability to control their own emotions.
  • Beautifully illustrated in Emma Pedersen's gouache style.

Marketing Plans

  • E-galleys offered on Edelweiss
  • Free educator's resource
  • Targeted outreach to kids book Instagram reviewers
  • Advance reader copies sent to all reps.
  • Advance reader copies sent to all major children’s print and digital literary media outlets.
  • Advertising in wholesaler catalogs
  • Co-op available

Laura Deal lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and is originally from Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia. She enjoys writing and many other forms of creative arts. She believes it is important for children, like her daughter, to see their own stories reflected in the pages of Northern-based storybooks. Laura is the author of In the Sky at Nighttime, The Ugly Place, and How Nivi Got Her Names, which is also available as a short film.

Emma Pedersen is an illustrator from Toronto working in the publishing and animation industries. She graduated from OCADU with a major in drawing and painting. She is also a graduate of Sheridan’s Illustration program. When not working (which is rare!) she enjoys visiting used book stores, planning her next trip abroad, and snuggling her dog when he’ll actually sit still.

"A gentle tribute to the power of nature to help regulate difficult feelings."—Kirkus

"The Ugly Place is a relatable and reassuring read that serves as a timely reminder that nature is healing and the tide will always turn."—Hakai Magazine

"Children and adults alike can learn from The Ugly Place. Teachers and caregivers can keep this story on hand to read when any little ones need to be brought out of a funk, to remind them that the ugly moment will pass, and to remind them that engaging with the outdoors is a positive way to find the beauty and opportunities in life."—CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"It's a place for insight and reflection, thoughtfulness and solitude, all of which reverberate in Laura Deal's text."—CanLit for Little Canadians

"The Ugly Place is a charming, thoughtful story with layers that will reward rereading. Blending an often overlooked setting with an important topic, this is a book that will make any shelf quite a bit more beautiful."—Quill & Quire

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Also Available

In the Sky at Nighttime Laura Deal 9781772272383 $16.95 CAD May 21, 2019
How Nivi Got Her Names Laura Deal 9781772271379 $13.95 CAD Jan 31, 2017

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