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Jacques Goldstyn was born and raised in Montreal. 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 D brouillards 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.
A 2017 New York Public Library Best Books for Kids Selection A 2017 Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth Selection A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2017 "Humor, contemplation, and masterful illustrations."-- STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews "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 "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 "A lovely look at introversion, imagination and the power of being different and embracing it."--Waking Brain Cells "Goldstyn manages to convey a world of emotions in his detailed drawings, and captures the feelings of childhood--both its playfulness and imagination, as well as the sense of smallness that comes with being a child in a world of adults."-- Bernie Goedhart, Postmedia "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 "We all struggle with processing loss. Watch as this sad, thoughtful, yet clever little boy performs final 'rites' for Bertolt. It is a moment you won't forget."--Vermont Country Sampler