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Julia, Child
By (author): Kyo Maclear Illustrated by: Julie Morstad
9781770494497 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 JUVENILE FICTION / Cooking & Food Jul 08, 2014
$21.99 CAD
Active 9 x 11.56 x 0.4 in | 1.06 lb 32 pages 4-COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS Tundra Books
A charming, whimsically illustrated picture book about joie de vivre, told from the perspective of a child named Julia who loves to cook. Sure to be savored by readers of all ages.

Julia and Simca are two young friends who agree that you can never use too much butter—and that it is best to be a child forever. Sharing a love of cooking and having no wish to turn into big, busy people who worry too much and dawdle too little, they decide to create a feast for growing and staying young. A playful, scrumptious celebration of the joy of eating, the importance of never completely growing up and mastering the art of having a good time, Julia, Child is a fictional tale loosely inspired by the life and spirit of the very real Julia Child—a story that should be taken with a grain of salt and a generous pat of butter.

UNIQUE AMONG COMPETITIVE TITLES: There are recent picture books on the market featuring Julia Child, but these are true biographies based on facts; Julia, Child instead captures the spirit of Julia Child and her friendship with Simone Beck, co-author of Mastering the Art of French Cooking

AMAZING AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR TEAM: Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad are each critically acclaimed, award-winning creators in their own right; this book marks their first collaboration. Kyo is a highly promotable author and has a strong online presence through her blog and book trailers.

BEAUTIFUL GIFT BOOK WITH CROSSOVER APPEAL: Will appeal to all ages and appetites; foodies, devotees of the slow-food movement and fans of Juila Child.


Kyo Maclear is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author for big people and little people. Her previous picture books for children include Spork, Mr. Flux and Virginia Wolf, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration, Canada’s most prestigious children’s book prize. The Letter Opener, her first novel for adults, won the K.M. Hunter Artists Award and was shortlisted for the in Canada First Novel Award. Her most recent novel, Stray Love, appeared on several notable “Best of 2012” lists. She lives in Toronto with singer and composer David Wall and their two children. Visit her online at

Author Residence: Toronto, Ontario

Author Hometown: London, England

Julie Morstad is an author, illustrator and artist living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her most recent book for children, How To, marks her authorial debut, and has received starred reviews in Kirkus, School Library Journal and Quill & Quire, as well as a Governor General's award nomination. Books she has illustrated for children include When You Were Small, recipient of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award; When I Was Small, winner of the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize; and Singing Away the Dark, which was shortlisted for a number of children's literature prizes.

Illustrator Residence: Vancouver, British Columbia

Illustrator Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia

Marketing: Target Mailing to Adult Cooking Media contacts

Mailing to Cooking Accounts

School and Library Advertising

Canadian Library Hotlist Ads

Online Promotion

ALA and BEA Promotion

LibraryThing Promotion in July

Book Trailer Video

Cooking Blogger Outreach

Recipe Card

Publicity: National Review Mailing

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Author Website:

A Parents Canada Favorite Children’s Book

PRAISE FOR Julia, Child:

"Julia, Child is not only a book about the joy of cooking, but the wonder of childhood, and, like the best cooking, is meant to be savored.... I guarantee it'll leave you hungry." --The National Post

"Maclear works in a genre that I believe she has invented: the fictional childhood anecdote of a famous person." --Quill & Quire

"... a lighthearted ... allegory about inspiration and its gifts. Intriguing for an adult familiar with the real Julia and perhaps for the perceptive child who will understand that it's not about how old you are, or about what you cook, but about what you bring to the table." --Kirkus Reviews

"If the combination of Canadian gems Julie Morstad and Kyo Maclear doesn't fill your heart with joy I don't know what will." --Vikki VanSickle, author of If I Had a Gryphon

"Toronto-based author Kyo Maclear presents a story that celebrates the joy of eating, the art of having a good time and the importance of never fully growing up." --West of the City

"A playful, scrumptious celebration of the joy of eating, the importance of never completely growing up and mastering the art of having a good time [...] a story that should be taken with a grain of salt and a generous pat of butter." --49th Shelf (blog)


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