Anthony and the Gargoyle

Authored by Jo Ellen Bogart . Illustrated by Maja Kastellic.

About the author

Jo Ellen Bogart is a US and Canadian author. She grew up in San Antonio and Dallas but now lives in Ontario, Canada. Her website says, ‘Part of the fun Jo Ellen has in writing books for children is venturing into many different kinds of writing, from poetry and picture books to biography, non-fiction, and early readers.’ She has expanded that range to include the wordless picturebook, Anthony and the Gargoyle.

About the illustrator

Maja Kastelic received a BA in painting from the University of Ljubljana’s Academy of Fine Arts and Design and studied philosophy and theory of visual culture at the University of Primorska. She restored frescoes before becoming a children’s book author and illustrator.

About the book

Anthony wakes up one morning to find his favourite rock has cracked open – and it’s hollow! He discovers a strange-looking hatchling inside, and the two become fast friends. When Anthony asks his mother where the rock came from, she shows him photos from their trip to Paris, including of Notre-Dame cathedral, with its familiar-looking forms perched on top. Could Anthony’s new friend be a gargoyle?

This magical wordless story has beautifully painted scenes of Anthony’s home and breathtaking views of Paris. Themes include friendship and letting the things you love go so that they can find their place in the world. The book offers children the experience of discovering Paris through Anthony’s eyes, and there are plenty of opportunities for creative exploration.

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