By Maria Eugenia


A joyfully engaging tale of self-acceptance

Ink-blot introduces us to girls of all different shapes and sizes and the self-doubt they experience. As they pick at their perceived “flaws”, we recognize in them what we see in our world every day. Even the youngest of girls can be critical of her appearance, seeming to pick up on these cues as soon as she leaves the cradle. But not Ink-blot. Ink-blot may be the “messiest”, loosest-drawn girl in the story, but she has no doubts about herself.

Maria Eugenia has captured her glee and freedom as she rides her bike across the pages, plays with her dog, and reads a book. She is not spending her time picking apart her appearance, she is too busy doing the things she enjoys. Ultimately, Ink-blot’s self-acceptance encourages all girls to love and embrace themselves — just the way they are.

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About the Author

Maria Eugenia has illustrated countless books for both children and adults. In 2001, she added the Bologna Ragazzi Award to her vast collection of awards. She regularly takes part in international exhibitions and has been featured with the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration and American Photography, and others. She also contributes to Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, among other publications. Maria lives in Brazil.

Product Information

  • Release: October 7, 2013

  • $15.95 Hardcover with Jacket

  • 28 Pages

  • 8.5 x 8.5

  • Children's Picture Book

  • Ages 6-8 / Grades 2-4

  • ISBN: 9781927583227


  • Character Education
    > Self-Esteem
    > Strong Female Characters

  • Health and Phys. Ed.
    > Body Image

Praise for Ink-blot

"Every single Canadian little girl should have this picture book read to them. Every teenager and adult woman should read it too. Read this book. Then put it into the hands of every little girl you can find." -

"Ink-blot, written and illustrated by Maria Eugenia, is an invaluable picture book that can be used as a platform to discuss and promote body acceptance and self-acceptance." - EFTO Voice (Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario)

"I think this book would be interesting to share with a Sparks or Brownie group or during a health class." - Resource Links