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If Found. . . Please Return to Elise Gravel
Translated by: Shira Adriance By (author): Elise Gravel

Translated by :

Shira Adriance , Elise Gravel


Drawn and Quarterly



Product Form:


Form detail:

Dust jacket
Hardcover , Dust jacket


Age (years) 8
Jun 06, 2017
Print Run: 12000
$19.95 CAD


9.11in x 7.04 x 0.67 in | 440 gr

Page Count:

100 pages


Full-Color Illustrations Throughout
Drawn & Quarterly
Drawn and Quarterly
JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General

Welcome to the charming world of cartoonist Elise Gravel’s notebook, where her imagination runs wild with creatures of all shapes and sizes

In the outrageously amusing If Found…Please Return to Elise Gravel, Elise Gravel offers readers a sneak peek into her sketchbook, where colorful monsters, imaginary friends, a grumpy things reign supreme. Meet Donald, who sings off-key; Francine, who likes to eat stones; and Marvin, the man with lots of stuff in his beard. Mixing the real with the fantastical, Elise’s drawings exude curiosity, as microbes and mushrooms share the page with speckled pepper pops, gloppers, and floofs.

Filled to the brim with vibrant felt marker illustrations, If Found… is not just an exhibition of Gravel’s work, but a challenge to young artists to keep a daily sketchbook. She reveals her top tips to becoming a successful illustrator—practice! practice! practice!—while empowering young artists to face their fears of making “ugly drawings.” Stop worrying about what makes a drawing good or bad—Elise draws anything and everything and you can too!

Elise Gravel is an author illustrator from Montreal, Quebec. After studying Graphic Design, Gravel pursued a career writing and illustrating children's books, where her quirky and charming characters quickly won the hearts of children and adults worldwide. In 2012, Gravel received the Governor General's Literary Award for her book La cle O molette. A prolific artist, she currently has over thirty children's books to her name which have been translated into a dozen languages, including The Mushroom Fan Club, The Worst Book Ever, and If Found. . . Please Return to Elise Gravel, her challenge to young artists to keep a sketchbook. Elise Gravel still lives in Montreal with her spouse, two daughters, cats, and a few spiders.

What, exactly, does it take to be a great artist? . . . as Gravel gracefully demonstrates, it actually can (and should be!) a lot of fun." - School Library Journal

"A bright, colorful and quirky paean to drawing, imagination, and creativity." - NPR

" If Found. . . Please Return to Elise Gravel . . . feels like accidentally uncovering the greatest (and silliest) sketchbook of all." - The Hollywood Reporter

"[ If Found ] offers a kind of evangelism for the joy of drawing, as expressed through tons of Gravel's silly, colorful critters. . . Make ugly drawings. Make stupid drawings. Make a lot of drawings, and make them for yourself." - Paste

"A rare mix of wackiness and savvy counsel - just right for getting the creative juices flowing." - Kirkus Reviews

"A valuable message for adult artists that want to achieve a more liberated state of mind. . . " - The AV Club

"This fascinating, quirky and liberating glimpse into the creative process will inspire budding artists and daydreaming doodlers alike." - National Reading Campaign

"Elise Gravel invites the reader in to the world of her little black notebook. In it are creatures and places familiar and imaginary, in a style that embodies quirkiness, whimsy, and humor . . . an open-hearted drawing prompt for kids, or adults, who want to draw more." - Youth Services Book Review


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