“One day, Julia and Simca had an idea of how to fix things for themselves and the grown-ups they knew. They would makes recipes for growing young.”
This charmingly told and illustrated tale of two young girls who love to cook together is neither the life of a famous chef nor a cookbook, yet feeds us with its flavors of friendship, fancy, fun, and the importance of slowing down to share a meal and the company of our fellows.
Do you remember how fun it is to be a child pretending to prepare a feast to feed some special grown-ups? This sweet story seems to me to capture that powerfully nourishing feeling.
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.
About the Author
KYO MACLEAR is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author for big people and little people. Her most recent picture books for children include Yak and Dove, The Liszts, The Wish Tree, The Good Little Book (which was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award) and Julia, Child. The Letter Opener, her first novel for adults, won the K.M. Hunter Artists Award and was shortlisted for the Amazon.ca Books in Canada First Novel Award. Her follow-up novel, Stray Love, appeared on several notable "Best of 2012" lists. Kyo's newest book for adults, Birds Art Life: A Field Guide to the Small and Significant, published in January 2017. She lives in Toronto with singer and composer David Wall and their two children.
JULIE MORSTAD is an author, illustrator and artist living in Vancouver, BC. Her book How To marked her authorial debut, and received starred reviews in Kirkus, School Library Journal and Quill & Quire, was a Governor General's Award nominee, and won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She is also the illustrator of 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; Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova; Today; and When Green Becomes Tomatoes, which has recieved numerous starred reviews.
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)