Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 10
- Grade: k to 4
A picture book biography of an extraordinary painter with a most unusual pet
Emily Carr is one strange bird. She makes paintings nobody wants, keeps a houseful of animals, and often disappears into the woods in a tiny house on wheels. But even those used to Emily's eccentricities are surprised when she comes home from a trip to buy birdseed with a small, lonely monkey. In Emily's rambunctious household, Woo the monkey is not lonely for long. She snatches at the parrot's feathers, chases the dogs and cats - and completely wins Emily's big heart. But when Woo's mischief turns dangerous, Emily fears she may lose the little friend who brings her so much joy. Will the strength of Emily's love, and Woo's own strength, be enough to save her?
In When Emily Carr Met Woo, BC illustrator Dean Griffiths' watercolours capture the mood of the 1920's with historical details of Victoria and its surroundings. Monica Kulling, using prose as simple and expressive as Emily's own brush strokes, retells the true story of one of Canada's most beloved artists—and of her most beloved pet. The book includes historical photos throughout and concludes with a biography of Emily Carr.
"Through simple, accessible text complemented by bright, engaging watercolors, Kulling has written a charming story about an exceptional woman."—School Library Journal
About the authors
Monica Kulling is the author of over forty books for children, including the popular Great Idea series, stories of inventors. The third book in the series, In the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up, was nominated for the 2012 Governor General’s Award for illustration and chosen as the 2012 Simon Wiesenthal Honor Book. In addition, Monica’s work has been nominated for numerous Silver Birch Express and Golden Oak awards. Her recent picture books include Lumpito and the Painter from Spain and Mister Dash and the Cupcake Calamity. Monica Kulling lives in Toronto, Canada. Visit her at www.monicakulling.com.
Dean Griffiths is a popular picture book artist with more than 25 titles to his name. His many awards include the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Book Prize for Maggie Can't Wait and the Chocolate Lily Award for Ballerinas Don't Wear Glasses. Dean's 2012 title Lumpito and the Painter from Spain has been nominated for the SYRCA Shining Willow Award and was a Bank Street Best Book. His most recent book is When Emily Carr Met Woo. Dean lives in Duncan, British Columbia, with his daughter.
- Commended, Resource Links "The Year's Best"
- Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
This captivating picture book biography, written with elegance and straightforward simplicity, artfully captures Emily Carr’s passion for her craft, as well as her love for animals. End notes and an archival photograph add depth and historical details and provide a great introduction for young artists.
The National Reading Campaign
When Emily Carr Met Woo will appeal to children who love animals, as well as art lovers...a definite addition to any home or classroom which values Canadian heritage.
A charming story of friendship and artistry, When Emily Carr Met Woo will provide the perfect book for introducing young readers to a great of Canadian art . . .
CanLit for LittleCanadians
Through simple, accessible text complemented by bright, engaging watercolors, Kulling has written a charming story about an exceptional woman.
School Library Journal
[A] touching story
The Calgary Herald
A read aloud that will fascinate younger students as it focuses on Emily Carr’s love of animals and her eccentricities, while older readers may notice some of her artistic techniques and her love for the outdoors.
...a captivating tale...delightful watercolour and pencil illustrations
Canadian Children's Book News
Full-color illustrations bear an uncanny likeness to the actual people and places they represent and are a perfect complement to the storybook-style narrative...This sweet story of friendship and love will spark interest in the art and poetry of a Canadian national treasure.
Other titles by Monica Kulling
A Story of How the Famous “Migrant Mother” Photograph Became the Face of the Great Depression
How Sara Josephine Baker Saved the Lives of America's Children
Mary Anning's Curiosity
Clean Sweep! Frank Zamboni's Ice Machine
Great Idea Series
To the Rescue! Garrett Morgan Underground
Great Ideas Series