The Worst Book Ever


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6.5 X 0.5 X 9.1 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Elise Gravel is an author/illustrator from Montreal. After studying graphic design, she pursued a career writing and illustrating children's books, where her quirky and charming characters quickly won the hearts of children and adults worldwide. In 2012, Gravel received the Governor General's Literary Award for her book La clΓ© Γ  molette. A prolific artist, she currently has more than thirty children's books to her name, which have been translated into a dozen languages, including The Disgusting Critters series, and If Found . . . Please Return to Elise Gravel, her challenge to young artists to keep a sketchbook. She lives in Montreal with her spouse, two daughters, cats, and a few spiders.


"A laugh-out-loud comic with intentional spelling mistakes, rudimentary drawings, an idiotic sexist hero, and a Greek chorus of blob-like monsters that introduces young readers to literary criticism."--Quill & Quire, best of 2019

"Discerning readers of any age should find plenty to like about The Worst Book Ever, which is, in actuality, the very best kind of worst book --the kind that is actually secretly good."--School Library Journal

"A fourth-wall-breaking showcase of picture book "don't"s... an intentionally dull fairy tale [introduced] with great skepticism."--Publishers Weekly

"The characters in Elise Gravel's book The Worst Book Ever positively hate the journey she's taking them on. Sick of the boring adventure and tired character tropes, they decide to take matters into their own hands."--CBC Books

"Young readers, and all seekers of comic relief, should investigate Elise Gravel's laugh-per-page The Worst Book Ever, a meta exercise in creating exactly what its title claims."--The Montreal Gazette

"A clever, ingenious author's "wurst" work yet."--Kirkus Reviews

"Elise Gravel has managed to cram a host of problems into one short book, and then points them all out for the reader. It's cute and funny, but it also helps readers to be more explicitly aware of the messages we're presented with in other stories, which I think is a valuable lesson."--Geek Dad