The Jacket

Kirsten Hall (Author) Dasha Tolstikova (Illustrator)
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Product Details

Price
$17.95  $16.51
Publisher
Enchanted Lion Books
Publish Date
October 01, 2014
Pages
48
Dimensions
8.0 X 0.4 X 9.7 inches | 0.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781592701681

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About the Author

Before Dasha Tolstikova became an illustrator, she was a photographer, a reporter, a newswire translator, a sales clerk, a cargo van driver, a film producer, and a decorative painter - not necessarily in that order. She is a graduate of the SVA MFA Illustration program. In addition to The Jacket, she is currently working on her autobiographical graphic novel with Groundwood Books. The Jacket is her debut into the world of picture books.

After getting an MA in early childhood education from NYU, Kirsten Hall taught both preschool and elementary school for several years while writing learn-to-read books for Scholastic and engaging in the book world in many other ways. Today, Kirsten is the sole proprietor of Catbird Productions, a book packager and boutique literary agency. The Jacket is her debut picture book.

Reviews

A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2014 & a Huffington Post Honorable Mention for 'Most Charming' Picture Book of 2014

"This book is a revelation, seamlessly blending the cleverness of its conceit with the virtues of captivating storytelling...It's as poignant as it is smart. The beauty of Tolstikova's pastel-tinged illustrations, whose manner changes from page to page and suggests both childlike simplicity and a quiet mastery of modernist color and design, shows there's more to a book than its concept." --Mark Levine, The New York Times Book Review. Also listed as an "Editor's Choice."

"...ingenious and poignant..." A New York Times "Notable Children's Book of 2014."

"The book itself is part of the story. The jacket that the girl makes at the end of the book is identical to the jacket of the physical book. This fact makes for a fun read aloud...But The Jacket is much more than just a clever gimmick. There are big themes aplenty here: love, friendship, fear. All are handled with subtlety, making for a story with emotional depth...A book to love." -- Travis Jonker, School Library Journal

"The mixed-media illustrations do a beautiful job of capturing such things as the interior of a bookstore, the girl's love for both her companions...Book's understanding of the girl's love for her dog is a particularly poignant inclusion, both textually and visually. the idea's originality and the child-friendly instructions at the end of Book's tale make this a novel gift pick for the juvenile bibliophile." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Literary agent Hall debuts with a lovely story that tenderly showcases the relationship between a girl and a book while giving readers the chance to form a very similar relationship, thanks to a neat bit of book design. Debut talent Tolstikova's mixed-media artwork reveals a knack for emotional range." -- Publisher's Weekly

"In the unusual, wonderful, and magically meta picture-book The Jacket, writer Kirsten Hall and illustrator Dasha Tolstikova explore the beauty and terror of falling in love with a book from the perspective of the book itself." - Brain Pickings

A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2014 & a Huffington Post Honorable Mention for 'Most Charming' Picture Book of 2014

"This book is a revelation, seamlessly blending the cleverness of its conceit with the virtues of captivating storytelling...It's as poignant as it is smart. The beauty of Tolstikova's pastel-tinged illustrations, whose manner changes from page to page and suggests both childlike simplicity and a quiet mastery of modernist color and design, shows there's more to a book than its concept." --Mark Levine, The New York Times Book Review. Also listed as an "Editor's Choice."

"...ingenious and poignant..." A New York Times "Notable Children's Book of 2014."

"The book itself is part of the story. The jacket that the girl makes at the end of the book is identical to the jacket of the physical book. This fact makes for a fun read aloud...But The Jacket is much more than just a clever gimmick. There are big themes aplenty here: love, friendship, fear. All are handled with subtlety, making for a story with emotional depth...A book to love." -- Travis Jonker, School Library Journal

"The mixed-media illustrations do a beautiful job of capturing such things as the interior of a bookstore, the girl's love for both her companions...Book's understanding of the girl's love for her dog is a particularly poignant inclusion, both textually and visually. the idea's originality and the child-friendly instructions at the end of Book's tale make this a novel gift pick for the juvenile bibliophile." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Literary agent Hall debuts with a lovely story that tenderly showcases the relationship between a girl and a book while giving readers the chance to form a very similar relationship, thanks to a neat bit of book design. Debut talent Tolstikova's mixed-media artwork reveals a knack for emotional range." -- Publisher's Weekly

"In the unusual, wonderful, and magically meta picture-book The Jacket, writer Kirsten Hall and illustrator Dasha Tolstikova explore the beauty and terror of falling in love with a book from the perspective of the book itself." - Brain Pickings