California Dreamin': Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas


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6.3 X 8.5 X 1.3 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Pénélope Bagieu was born in Paris in 1982, to Corsican and Basque parents. She is a bestselling graphic novel author and her editorial illustrations have appeared all over the French media. She blogs, drums in a rock band, and watches lots of nature shows. Exquisite Corpse was her first graphic novel to be published in the United States.


"[Bagieu's] drawings are suffused with delight . . . Exuberance and sadness coexist in her drawing style, as they coexist in the character of Cass Elliot--whose every moment of joy and perseverance seem to overlay deep loneliness and vulnerability." --The New York Times

"If a graphic novel can be thought of like a three-minute pop song, then French author Penelope Bagieu wisely holds a beautiful epiphany well past the two-minute mark. The timing is sublime." --The Washington Post

"Bagieu's drawings are superlative: soft pencil lines that convey detail without constraining her figures and that animate the characters' exuberant facial expressions." --The Paris Review

"Bagieu's drawings bring Cass brilliantly to life, making her look full of energy and life -- and incredibly fashionable as well." --Bust

"...this graphic novel brings her [Cass Elliot] story to life in vibrant color. " --Bustle

"Recommended for older teen collections, this superb addition is sure to be a future graphic novel classic." --School Library Journal, starred review

"Her pencil-sketched characters are distinctive and emotive (and occasionally high and big-eyed), while their lively world is storybookcute and highly referential to the music Cass made so familiar." --Booklist

Praise for Exquisite Corpse

"Pénélope Bagieu has mastered a magic trick, and it is this: Somehow, even as she suspends our disbelief, she can turn paper into flesh. And ink becomes lifeblood...her characters not only breathe and pulsate with vivid life. They also seem entirely, organically authentic in their own skin." --The Washington Post

"Wonderful . . . her cartooning style is a sheer delight." --Mental Floss