It’s the first Sunday of the month, which means the work of a student or debut illustrator here at 7-Imp. Today, I have some spreads from British illustrator Sophie Ambrose’s debut picture book, The Lonely Giant (Candlewick, December 2016). In fact, the book may not even be out quite yet; I think it publishes in mid-December.
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Today over at Kirkus, I’ve got a holiday Finnish import on the mind. That is here.
Because my family and I moved to a new house in the middle of this year and since moving is so time-consuming, it left a huge dent in my 2016 novel-reading. I’m trying to get caught up now on what I’ve read are some of the best middle-grade and YA novels of the year. However, one book I did read-aloud to my children, even in the midst of our move, was Adam Gidwitz’s The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog (Dutton, September 2016), illuminated by Hatem Aly. And we all three enjoyed this tale of . . . well, I like best how it’s described at the New York Times, Soman Chainani calling it “equal parts swashbuckling epic, medieval morality play, religious polemic and bawdy burlesque.”
As you read above, the book is illuminated. That’s right. Illuminated, as medieval texts are. These images are from Hatem Aly, who visits 7-Imp today to share sketches and images and talk about this book. As Gidwitz says in the book’s opening: Read the rest of this entry »
— From The Three Robbers, originally published in German in 1963
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After it arrived in my mailbox, I may have walked around my living room hugging the book I’m featuring in today’s post. I did. I hugged it hard.
But it’s that good. It is Tomi Ungerer: A Treasury of 8 Books, released last month from Phaidon Press. Included here, as the title tells you, are eight of his previously-released picture books, nestled inside a slipcase, including three well-known titles (The Three Robbers, Moon Man, and Otto); Fog Island, released as recently as 2013 (originally released in 2012 in Germany); and what the publisher calls “lost gems,” which includes some stories being published in this collection for the first time in 50 years — Zeralda’s Ogre, Flix, The Hat, and Emile. All of the stories in this tall collection, which range in publication from 1963 (The Three Robbers) to 2012 (Fog Island), are gloriously reproduced here. Read the rest of this entry »
This morning over at Kirkus, I’ve got a picture book about family and friends (and one magic girl) gathering around the table to give thanks — and I bet politics never once comes up. That is here.
Last week, I wrote here about Emily Dickinson (MoonDance Press, December 2016), edited by Susan Snively and illustrated by Christine Davenier. Here at 7-Imp today are some illustrations from the book.
“I long ago stopped thinking of progress as a straight line. In some ways science was more open to women before the twentieth century, when it had a less practical bent and was seen as a way to worship God’s world. Of course, women were still excluded from professions, by law more than the sorts of bullying we sadly see now, but loving parents fostered the talents of daughters even when they weren’t sure that they could pursue cherished work beyond the home.”
One thing I’m grateful for on this Thanksgiving Day is my Kirkus chat with Jeannine Atkins. We discuss her new novel in verse, Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science (Atheneum, August 2016).
That Q&A is here today.
I hope you’re seated around a table with those you love and feeling grateful.
Photo of Jeannine taken by Peter Laird and used by her permission.
I may have, once or twice, reacted over bread this way myself, because … mmm. Bread.
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I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Leila Rudge’s Gary (Candlewick, November 2016). That review is here, and below I’ve got another spread from the book.
Today over at Kirkus, I’ve got Emily Dickinson, the first title in the new Poetry for Kids series from MoonDance Press. That is here.
‘Does she bark?’ asked Lizzie with worry anyway.
‘Not at all little children,’ said the old man.”
I’ve got a BookPage review of Tony Johnston’s A Small Thing … but Big (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, October 2016), illustrated by Hadley Hooper. That review is here, and today I’ve got some illustrations from the book.