Impossible

Impossible

Written by: Isol
Illustrated by: Isol
Translated by: Amado, Elisa
ages 3 to 7 / grades P to 2

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:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

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:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — Mar 1, 2021
Specifications 32 pages | 7.75 in x 9.75 in

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

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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