Enchanted Lion Books, WORD Brooklyn, and the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden are thrilled to welcome the wonderful Jacques Goldstyn to the neighborhood for a morning of storytelling and drawing in the garden!
Bertolt is a charming, touching story about an imaginative boy whose best friend is an oak tree named Bertolt. The boy admits to being an outlier among his peers, but insists that while he is alone, he is never lonely. Being independent suits him, and he considers his difference to be his advantage.
This book is about the imagination and the wonderful ways in which we nurture ourselves in the process of becoming who we are, and because Bertolt dies in a winter’s storm, it is also a book about finitude and loss, sorrow and acceptance.
Jacques Goldstyn was born and raised in Quebec. His father taught him how to draw and he drew all the time. Every single day. He then studied seriously, became a geologist, and went off to work in gold mines in Abitibi and in the petroleum industry in Alberta. But then, one day, he started to draw again. For many years now, his work has been drawing cartoons for Les Débrouillards and Les Explorateurs, science youth magazines in French Canada. He also writes and illustrates stories for kids age six to 106. He loves running, hiking, and climbing trees, and has never stopped collecting bizarre-looking rocks.
Praise for BERTOLT:
“Crowning the canon of arboreal allegories is Bertolt by French-Canadian geologist-turned-artist Jacques Goldstyn ― the uncommonly tender story of an ancient tree named Bertolt and the boy who named and loved it. From Goldstyn’s simple words and the free, alive, infinitely expressive line of his illustrations radiates a profound parable of belonging, reconciling love and loss, and savoring solitude without suffering loneliness.”― Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
“Humor, contemplation, and masterful illustrations.”― STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews
“It is an intimate book that implores you to read it in hushed tones with quiet pauses. Its sadness holds beauty; its sweetness never threatens to become saccharine. Bertolt is a truly exceptional exploration of ephemerality.”― Serah-Marie McMahon, STARRED REVIEW, Quill & Quire
“Goldstyn’s playful prose is similarly nuanced, alternating between humor, palpable admiration for the natural world, unflinching honesty, and in the story’s final spreads, no words at all. Reworking notions of both loss and what it means to be alone, this is an imaginative, introspective, and quietly profound paean to life’s little wonders.”― Briana Shemroske, STARRED REVIEW, Booklist