Kafka and the Doll (Hardcover)

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Kafka and the Doll (Hardcover)

By Larissa Theule, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)


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Looking for a book to inspire you? This is it. Yes, it's a picture book. Yes, it's about *that* Kafka. Am I sure it's inspiring? Yes,yes I am. Enter the world of Franz Kafka and his meeting with Irma, a little girl who is inconsolable that her doll is lost. Kafka then tells the girl her doll is not lost, but instead traveling and then proceeds to send the little girl letters from her doll. Based on a true story this book will captivate and inspire. Perfect for everyone.

— Beth

Based on a true story about Franz Kafka

Inspired by a true story, Kafka and the Doll recounts a remarkable gesture of kindness from one of the world's most bewildering and iconic writers. In the fall of 1923, Franz Kafka encountered a distraught little girl on a walk in the park. She'd lost her doll and was inconsolable. Kafka told her the doll wasn't lost, but instead, traveling the world and having grand adventures! And to reassure her, Kafka began delivering letters from the doll to the girl for weeks.

The legend of Kafka and the doll has captivated imaginations for decades as it reveals the playful and compassionate side of a man known for his dark and brooding tales. Kafka and the Doll is a testament to living life to the fullest and to the life-changing power of storytelling.
Larissa Theule holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the author of the picture books Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face, A Way with Wild Things, and How Do You Do? She lives in Pasadena, California.

Rebecca Green is the author and illustrator of How to Make Friends with a Ghost and the illustrator of many other celebrated picture books. Originally from Michigan, she currently lives in Osaka, Japan.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593116326
ISBN-10: 0593116321
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 9th, 2021
Pages: 48
Language: English
★"Spun from a true anecdote and likely to move adult readers as well as younger ones, this set of
quiet encounters between a writer and a child has as much going on between the spare, poetic
lines as in them. . . . A tribute to the way words can change lives, as well as a rare glimpse of a
writer most of us perhaps only think we know." --Booklist, starred review

★“ . . . this charmingly enhanced tale has it all: the kindness of a stranger, the loss of a beloved toy, adventures, and even closure. A winsome tale for the young, this could also be of value in high school collections where Kafka is taught.” --School Library Journal, starred review

"This reimagined telling has an engaging charm that rings true." --Kirkus Reviews