'The Boy Who Grew Flowers, illustrated by Steve Adams, is that rare thing, a substantial story delivered through a full-colour picture book. Rink keeps himself to himself, aware that his unorthodox home life and flower-growing set him apart from his peers. But when Angelina arrives, she expects her peers to accept her differences and disability. The linguistic ability of the story-telling combines with lush illustrations in a delightful, unusual book.' --The Bookseller
The most original new fairytale of the bunch is The Boy Who Grew Flowers by Jen Wojtowicz. Rink Bowagon (see, that's original) lives on Lonesome Mountain and sprouts flowers whenever there's a full moon. A nice girl called Angelina Quiz takes a fancy to him at school, and he makes her a pair of snakeskin slippers. Romance, and a lot of plant life, blossoms. It's lovely, but text-heavy, so you have to be a reader to enjoy this one, I'd say. --Nicola Smyth, Independant on Sunday
'A beautiful romantic fairytale for a modern audience... wonderfully illustrated, a warm story for readers looking for a little magic in their everyday lives' --The Green Parent
About the Author
Jen is an artist who also happens to write. She currently teaches artists who also happen to have disabilities. She was inspired to write this story because of her brother, who has autism. Jen lives in upstate New York with her son Marcel and shih tzu, Michie. The Boy Who Grew Flowers is her first book, which has been adapted into a play by Kazzum, in England. You can learn more about Jen at www.jennysdresserdrawer.com. Steve is an award-winning illustrator based in Montreal. After finishing his studies of graphic design in 1994, he traveled to Europe for an advanced training course in design. Upon his return, Steve began collaborating with various publications including The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and American Lawyer. Since 1999 Steve has shared his passion for illustration and graphic design by teaching at a Montreal college. The Boy Who Grew Flowers (2005) is his first project with Barefoot Books.