This Shelf Belongs to...Elise Gravel!

Each month, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly invites a local author or artist to curate a shelf in the store. This May, we bring you recommendations from Elise Gravel!

Elise Gravel is a Governor-General's award-winning children’s book author and cartoonist with over thirty children’s books to her name. Her next book, If Found… which will be published by Drawn & Quarterly on June 6th, offers readers a sneak peek into her sketchbook where colorful monsters, imaginary friends, and grumpy things reign supreme. And on Saturday, May 6th, she'll be signing books at our in-store Kids' Day event!

All of Elise's picks will be 15% off for the month of May. Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find on her shelf:

What I'd Say to Martians by Jack Handey 

One of the funniest books I've read in my life. Still laughing out loud just thinking about it. 

Hark, a Vagrant! by Kate Beaton 

What can I say? I want to be Kate Beaton when I grow up. Her jokes are perfect; she seems to know basically everything about everything.

Super Mutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki

It took me ten pages to get comfy, but by then I was hooked. I could live in this universe for a thousand more pages. Tamaki's style seems so organic and fluid that it feels like we're just watching her dream. 

Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro 

This is the first book I read in English as a young woman, and it changed my life. I'm waiting for my daughters to be old enough and I'll give them my old, battered copy as a coming-of-age present. 

Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut 

I had to put a Vonnegut book in this list, but really it could have been any of them. I'm in love with this guy's mind. 

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls 

The story of this girl raised by extremely incompetent parents blew my mind. How did she survive this; how is that level of resilience even possible? It toned down my own insecurities as a mother, which is always a good thing. 

Anna and Froga (any title) by Anouk Ricard

I love Anna & Froga's sassy humour, simple design and absurd tone; I'd like to hang out with her and her friends from time to time. 

This is Paris by M. Sasek 

All of Sasek's books are such an inspiration to me as an author. The way he talks to his readers as though he was there with them visiting Paris, holding them by the hand, with respect and warmth, is the way I want to talk to kids through my own books. 

Ma Maison by Delphine Durand 

This book might be my very favorite picture book ever. It's impossible to describe; let's just say your kids will read it over and over, from beginning to end end from end to beginning, and find new jokes and fun stuff every time.

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