Picture Book Review: When Emily Carr Met Woo

Monica Kulling’s When Emily Met Woo is a perfect introduction to one of Canada’s most famous artists, Emily Carr. Young readers will find an engaging story,  a brief history, some of Ms. Carr’s most famous images and the charming illustrations of the very talented Dean Griffiths.

Monica Kulling paints a vivid picture of Emily Carr’s life in simple, direct language. Emily is thought to be a “strange bird” whose art no one wants.  “To make a living, she [Emily] made and sold clay bowls and hooked rugs.”  The painter was known as an eccentric who housed a menagerie of animals, including a monkey she called Woo. The depth of love Emily feels for her animal companions is clear when Woo becomes gravely ill.  Fortunately, Woo makes a full recovery and accompanies Emily to the forest where “Cedars touched the sky. They touched the painter’s heart too.”


I especially like the design of the dust jacket. The front cover integrates a photograph of Carr and Woo within the illustration while the back cover features several of Carr’s paintings as well Griffiths illustration of Woo.

Picture book biographies are difficult to write well, but Pajama Press, Monica Kulling and Dean Griffiths all get top marks with When Emily Carr Met Woo.

Pajama Press has a book for you!

Are you a fan of picture books?  Are you a fan of freebies?  If so, be sure to check out Pajama Press’ picture book give-away for a free autographed copy of Don’t Laugh at Giraffe by Rebecca Bender.  Two sets of Don’t Laugh at Giraffe greeting cards are also up for grabs.  They are soooo cute.

1:30 AM but still working

It’s Friday night, or rather Saturday morning.  I’ve been sick with the flu all day, but I have a deadline so I’ve been working anyways.  I think this next picture book is going to be fantastic, and I’m so excited to be working with Sheena Lott and my wonderful editor, Ann Featherstone who is with Pajama Press.

1:30 AM but still working