Julia, Child

Hardcover | July 8, 2014

byKyo MaclearIllustratorJulie Morstad

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Julia and Simca are two young friends who agree that you can never use too much butter -- and that it is best to be a child forever. Sharing a love of cooking and having no wish to turn into big, busy people who worry too much and dawdle too little, they decide to create a feast for growing and staying young. A playful, scrumptious celebration of the joy of eating, the importance of never completely growing up and mastering the art of having a good time, Julia, Child is a fictional tale loosely inspired by the life and spirit of the very real Julia Child -- a story that should be taken with a grain of salt and a generous pat of butter.

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Julia and Simca are two young friends who agree that you can never use too much butter -- and that it is best to be a child forever. Sharing a love of cooking and having no wish to turn into big, busy people who worry too much and dawdle too little, they decide to create a feast for growing and staying young. A playful, scrumptious cel...

Kyo Maclear is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author for big people and little people. Her previous picture books for children include Spork, Mr. Flux and Virginia Wolf, which won the Governor General's Literary Award for Illustration, Canada's most prestigious children's book prize. The Letter Opener, her first novel for adults...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 11.56 × 9 × 0.38 inPublished:July 8, 2014Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1770494499

ISBN - 13:9781770494497


Rated 1 out of 5 by from LGBT book For those of you this is an LGBT book, there is a pride rainbow throughout the book as well as a dinner table with many guests with two men with their arms around one another. I think it should be labeled on the cover that its LGBT.
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bon Appétit I love the flair of the two main characters, Julia and Simca, both very good friends. They are upbeat, creative and modern and do not want to get sucked into the every day, mundane world of the average, robotic, grown-up that surrounds them. They love to experiment and cook with food and take the love of food to a whole new level. The adults seem to go through life forgetting the importance of living it to its fullest. They are big, busy people who are worried, harried and do not remember how to play, relax and have have fun anymore. They wander around in a robotic, trance-like fashion and are not grateful or happy. Both girls decide to prepare a feast for them that will re-instate all the wonderment of their childhood and turn these zombie-like people into fun-loving "youngsters" once again. The elegant meal they prepare is fit for royalty and the adult commoners are drawn in from the street by the sight, sound and taste of the elegant food being prepared. Then during the meal everything takes a drastic turn for the worst. Bedlam breaks out at this chic banquet and overtakes the once mannerly diners, turning them into an uncontrollable, ungrateful and greedy mob. How the girl's handle this situation and bring calm once again is pure genius. This book is a celebration of fine, mouth-watering cuisine. We can master the art of not becoming a dull, boring adult and learn to embrace life, enjoy each other's company and have a very good time with each other in the process. The illustrations are whimsical and fun and they drive the text perfectly. Bien manger mes infants! Le dîner set servi!
Date published: 2014-04-10

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Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR Julia, Child:"Julia, Child is not only a book about the joy of cooking, but the wonder of childhood, and, like the best cooking, is meant to be savored.... I guarantee it'll leave you hungry." - The National Post"There is a dash of truth in [the idea that children are wise in ways that adults have forgotten]--enough to make quite appetizing this gracefully illustrated book." - The Wall Street Journal"Maclear works in a genre that I believe she has invented: the fictional childhood anecdote of a famous person. Here she takes elements from the life of chef Julia (no-comma) Child and transposes them to the childhood of a little girl, also named Julia. Morstad's illustrations, which show children in full colour and adults in line-drawn black and white, are full of jokey details.... The sight of adults running amok is always a pleasure.... And what child has not come to the conclusion, along with Julia, that 'too many grown-ups don't have the proper ingredients'?" - Featured Review, Quill and Quire"... a lighthearted ... allegory about inspiration and its gifts. Intriguing for an adult familiar with the real Julia and perhaps for the perceptive child who will understand that it's not about how old you are, or about what you cook, but about what you bring to the table." - Kirkus Reviews"Elegant, airy illustrations enhance a charming picture book about two best friends.... The two girls concoct whimsical recipes to sweeten, calm and slow down the harried adults in their lives, and end up co-authoring a cookbook called Mastering The Art of Childhood." - Michele Landsberg, Bonus Pick for CBC's The Next Chapter's Summer 2014 Children's Book Panel"[A] delectable tale...." - The Guelph Mercury, Our Windsor, Cambridge Times and The Record"Maclear's lyrical text imbues the rich sophistication many would ascribe to French culture. Words like marvelous, savory, and morsel, and baking terms like pinch, dash, and compote make it a delicious read-aloud. Kids will love Morstad's ink drawings, coloured only in the wonder-filled places with gouache paint, and the visual feast of kitchen implements and ingredients on each page. While Julia, Child celebrates the world of children, it may just leave its greatest impression on the adult reader who has slowed down to enjoy it with a child, and who will likely seek out more 'sensible' moments just like it in the near future." - Readerly"Savor it. [A] celebration of good food, friendship, being young, enjoying life to its fullest, and loving your days spent doing what you happily do.... Bon appétit!" - Sal's Fiction Addiction"Morstad's style is gorgeous, a mixed media masterpiece... Buy it today!" - Drawn & Quarterly"I really wish I could go to their restaurant and regain some of my childhood. ...[A] lovely picture book." - Bibliomusings"[A] charming, whimsical tale.... Put on your best bib, help yourself to some Wonder Seeds, and bask in the joie de vivre. Bon Appétit!" - Jama's Alphabet Soup"The text was filled with whimsy and the story was clever, funny, flavourful, and left a marvelous aftertaste." - A Baked Creation"This is a playful book, full of joy and friends and butter." - There's a Book for That"This was the cutest book ever!" - Ma Vie"What do you make when you add a love of cooking to a bowl full of friendship and bake with the talent of two of Canada's most loved children's book artisans? Like Julia and Simca, Maclear and Morstad are generous with their talent and sharing this book is sure to bring joy to others." - Perogies & Gyoza"It's a perfect little gem of a book and an excellent reminder to slow down and smell the petits gâteaux." - Sara O'Leary, 123oleary"This is a book of glorious fictional characters set among beautiful artwork.... [Maclear] has produced a wonderful book for children who love to explore, learn and are curious about the world they live in." - Bullet News Niagara"If the combination of Canadian gems Julie Morstad and Kyo Maclear doesn't fill your heart with joy I don't know what will." - Vikki VanSickle"This book is not about Julia Child but it does have some of her spirit. Julia Child had wonderful friendships, she loved French food, she loved to cook and she wasn't afraid to learn and try new things; the story Julia, Child has all these things." - Hot Cup of Tea and a Good Book"A charming story about friendship and the wonderfulness of being young." - The Chronicles of a Children's Book Writer"... captured my heart the moment I laid eyes on [it]." - SewCreative"Toronto-based author Kyo Maclear presents a story that celebrates the joy of eating, the art of having a good time and the importance of never fully growing up." - West of the City