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Groundwood Books


Written by Isol • Translated by Elisa Amado

For kids 3 - 7 years old | Published March 01, 2021 | ISBN 9781773064345
JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories

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Regular price $18.95 CAD

32 pages | 9.75 in × 7.75 in
Print Format

About this book


Isol • Elisa Amado

A funny story about a seemingly impossible child and his desperate parents, who enlist the help of a specialist with unexpected results …

Toribio is two years old and his parents love him very much, but some days, taking care of him feels like an impossible task. He won’t sleep, makes a fuss when eating, splashes his bath water everywhere, and refuses to use his potty. At the end of the day, Toribio’s parents are exhausted. So when they see an ad for a specialist who can solve any type of problem, his desperate parents make an appointment right away. Mrs. Meridien’s methods deliver overnight results, but her solution isn’t quite what they had in mind …

Impossible is a funny story with a surprise ending that will delight young children and exhausted parents alike.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.

Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

About the Creators


Isol is an Argentine author and illustrator of children’s books with a passion for comic book artistry, literature and the visual arts. She has been honored with the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to children’s literature, has twice been selected as a finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and has won a Golden Apple at the Biennial of Illustration, Bratislava. Isol has also written and illustrated The Menino; Petit, the Monster; Beautiful Griselda and Nocturne. To date, her books have been published in over twenty countries and in seventeen languages. Isol lives in Buenos Aires.

Elisa Amado

Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. She has written My Friend (Mi amiga), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano; Un Barrilete para el Día de los Muertos / Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead; Cousins (Primas), illustrated by Luis Garay; Tricycle (El triciclo), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano, which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book; and What Are You Doing? and Why Are You Doing That?, both illustrated by Manuel Monroy. She lives in Toronto.

Awards and Praise

Praise for Isol and Impossible:

“Punchy spreads by Isol (Daytime Visions) combine splashes of wash and loose figure outlines that don’t quite align, contributing to the sense of household chaos.” — Publishers Weekly

"A fun take on the terrible 2s, if a bit twisted." — Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Isol and The Menino:

Commended New York Times' Notable Children's Books of the Year, 2015

“Isol’s jangly, hand-wrought illustrations are expert companions to both the humor and the poetry of her book.” – New York Times Book Review

Praise for Isol and Petit, the Monster:

Commended CCBC Choices, 2011

“Featherlight humor and keen insight distinguish this story about the warring impulses to be good or naughty. Isol’s rust and sky blue illustrations resemble slightly off-register screen printing; the outlines of the figures are doubled, a deft visual representation of Petit’s dual nature.” – Publishers Weekly

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