Cover image for Whimsy's heavy things / Julie Kraulis.
Whimsy's heavy things / Julie Kraulis.
Publication Information:
Toronto, Ontario : Tundra, [2013]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly colour illustrations ; 26 cm


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KRA Book Easy Collection

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"Whimsy's heavy things are weighing her down. She tries to sweep them under the rug, but she trips over them. She tries to put them in a tree, but they fall on her. She even tries to sail them out to sea, but they always come back. Eventually Whimsy decides to deal with the heavy things one at a time... and a surprising thing happens. With exquisite illustrations and delightfully simple text, Whimsy's Heavy Things is a sweet story about changing the things that weigh us down into the things that lift us up."

Author Notes

"Toronto-based artist and illustrator Julie Kraulis is passionate about ideas- the unexpected, profound, whimsical, smart. Since completing her Bachelor of Design in Illustration at the Ontario College of Art & Design, Julie has created images that form a diverse body of work ranging from fine art, to illustration, to design. Her creative journey is one of hope and disbelief, soaring and stumbling. All that she encounters in this wide world becomes her inspiration and she delights in sharing these treasures with others. She is a ""stop and smell the roses"" kind of gal who loves to create. Visit her online at The author lives in Toronto, Canada."

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The story in Kraulis's debut takes a backseat to her moody, stylish artwork. The heroine, Whimsy, is a blonde, marionettelike figure with heavy-lidded eyes and pursed red lips, and she's saddled with a collection of objects that look like cannonballs. They're the "heavy things" of the title, a metaphor for the troubles that plague her. Kraulis draws trees, fields, and water for Whimsy to swim in, but there's no place to get rid of the heavy things. Whimsy attaches them to a kite, but they won't fly away, and they sink when she tries to "float them to sea." When she discovers that she can address her heavy things one at a time and break them into small pieces-a symbol, presumably, for breaking problems down and realizing that they're not monolithic-things improve. "Whimsy... planted the pieces in the garden where they grew into a beautiful peach tree." The most striking spreads show Whimsy underwater, the surface refracting glittering light above her. Despite the book's practical and encouraging advice, though, it's the gloomy moments that linger. Ages 4-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Whimsy unsuccessfully tries to hide the "heavy things" that bother her under the carpet, up in a tree, and other places. She learns that breaking the heavy things into smaller pieces allows her to feel lighter. The metaphorical story, with ultra-stylized oil and graphite illustrations, attempts to express a concrete approach to managing emotions or problem solving, but the delivery falls short. (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.