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A Wizard in Love

by Mireille Levert, illustrated by Marie Lafrance

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list price: $19.99
edition:Hardcover
published: Feb 2009
ISBN:9780887769016
publisher: Tundra
Description

A retired wizard and his cat discover love in a most unexpected way!

Hector, a retired wizard, lives happily with his cat, Poison, in a dilapidated house at the edge of the forest. Hector and Poison are content to pass the time in front of the TV, munching cookies. Their days are peaceful and quiet. That is until a dreadful noise begins to pour out of the old abandoned house across the road. It seems Hector and Poison have a new neighbor, and things will never be the same again.

About the Authors
Mireille Levert is one of Quebec’s most talented children’s book author-illustrators. Her previous books include Lucy’s Secret, Rose by Night and Tulip and Lupin Forever, and she has won Governor General’s awards for Island in the Soup and Sleep Tight, Mrs. Ming. Mireille lives in Montreal where she works as an illustrator.
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Marie Lafrance has illustrated for magazines, newspapers, billboards and boxes of jelly powder, but now she prefers to use her warm and engaging artwork to bring picture books to life. Marie lives in Montreal, Quebec, with her husband, her daughter plus a dog and a cat.
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Contributor Notes

Mireille Levert studied drawing, painting, and sculpting at the University of Quebec in Montreal. One of her first jobs was in a small children's bookstore, where she discovered her love for illustration. She has since gone on to win the Governor General's Award for Illustration and has been nominated for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Her other published titles include Tulip and Lupin Forever, Down at the Sea Hotel, Eddie Longpants, And Island in the Soup, and Sleep Tight Mrs. Ming. Her work has been exhibited in many countries, including France, Italy, and Japan. Mireille enjoys doing lots of presentations and workshops for children. She works and lives in Montreal, Québec.

Marie Lafrance was born in Quebec City. She studied graphic arts at a CEGEP in Vieux-Montréal and etching at Studio Graff. Marie has lived in San Francisco and New York, where she worked as a silk-screen printmaker for various galleries. She returned to Montreal to work as a freelance illustrator. Marie loves the diversity of her work, she has illustrated textbooks, magazines, books, and posters. Marie serves on the board of the Association des Illustrateurs et Illustratrices du Québec (AIIQ), where she is also a past-president. She has been nominated for many awards, including the prestigious Governor General’s Award for her illustration of Richardo Keens-Douglas’s La Diablesse and the Baby, which also received an Alcuin Society Design Award citation. Marie lives with her partner and their daughter, Béatrice.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 8
Grade:
p to 3
Editorial Review

Praise for The Princess Who Had Almost Everything:
“. . . a refreshingly bold modern day approach to storytelling [which] maintains much of the charm of traditional fairy tales.” — Highly Recommended, CM Magazine

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A Wizard in Love

Mireille Levert’s A Wizard in Love draws on the stuff of fairy tales. Levert has enjoyed an award-winning career as an author and an illustrator of her own and others’ works. Recently, other illustrators have been engaged to illustrate her text – with intriguing results in The Princess Who Had Almost Everything (illustrated by Josée Masse and reviewed in CCBN’s Summer 2008 issue) and A Wizard in Love (illustrated by Marie Lafrance). Both are translations of books originally published by Dominique et compagnie. Marie Lafrance, a graphic artist and illustrator, was nominated for this year’s Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature (French– Illustration) for the French version of this book.

The roses that entwine the title page of A Wizard in Love suggest echoes of Sleeping Beauty. But this is no sleeping princess; it’s Hector, a retired wizard, who shares a dilapidated house with his cat Poison, shutting the shutters against the sun. Wizard and cat share pointy faces, pointy ears and tiny eyes. When Hector hears cheerful music from the spruced-up house across the road and discovers a woman playing the piano, he determines to rid himself of this horrible aggravation. Consulting his book of spells, he concocts a hideous cake and delivers it, with an equally ghastly bouquet of flesh-eating flowers, to his new neighbour. But he is captivated by her voice and her scent and enraptured by her music. He joins her in a song that we just know will last forever. And even the cat finds a love of his own!

Lafrance’s stylized illustrations set up a wonderful contrast of colours. Cool blues and greens capture the confined world of Hector and Poison. Sunlight and music intrude painfully in bright squares of yellow, orange and red. As Hector enters the house of the lovely Isobel, he finds her suffused in yellow light. And as the wizard is transformed by the music and a kiss, the artwork echoes Marc Chagall’s joyful colours and floating characters.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2009. Volume 32 Number 1.

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A Wizard in Love

Hector, a retired wizard, lives with his cat, Poison, in a dilapidated house at the edge of the forest. Their days are peaceful and quiet until a dreadful noise pours out of an old abandoned house nearby. It seems they have a new neighbour, and things will never be the same again. This book first appeared in French as Sorcier amoureux.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

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