What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Matt James and Laura Vaccaro Seeger

h1 November 17th, 2017    by jules

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From Richard Jackson’s Snow Scene,
illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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Cover illustration (sans text) from Paul Harbridge’s When the Moon Comes,
illustrated by Matt James

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Over at Kirkus today, I’ve got three brand-new picture books. That is here.

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Last week I wrote here about Richard Jackson’s Snow Scene (Neal Porter/Roaring Brooke, November 2017), illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, as well as Paul Harbridge’s When the Moon Comes (Tundra, September 2017), illustrated by Matt James. I’m sharing art from both books today. (The illustrations Matt sent from When the Moon Comes are sans text.)

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Calling CaldeNott

h1 November 16th, 2017    by jules



 

Today over at the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott, where we’ve been busy all this Fall, discussing the year’s best picture books, Thom Barthelmess visits to highlight some ineligible internationals, the year’s best picture book imports. This is a favorite topic of mine.

We’re Calling CaldeNott. Head here to the Horn Book to read.

A Moment with the Illustrations of Sharee Miller …

h1 November 16th, 2017    by jules


I’m following up last week’s Kirkus Q&A with author-illustrator Sharee Miller with some illustrations from her debut picture book, Princess Hair (Little, Brown, October 2017).

Until tomorrow …

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Zack Rock’s Good Story

h1 November 14th, 2017    by jules



 

Author-illustrator Zack Rock visits 7-Imp again today to share preliminary images and art from his newest picture book, A Good Story (Creative Editions, August 2017). It’s the story of Assistant Bean Counter #1138, whose world is filled with numbers. “Numbers keep the world orderly and ordinary. You can always count on numbers!” At least this is the story that this accountant has been told all his piggy life. Things change when he ends up in a bookstore and discovers stories — and that some things that can’t be counted matter.

It’s a thoughtfully designed book — from the pages made to look like graph paper to the textured cover under the dust jacket — and Zack’s earth-toned paintings are detailed and textured. I always like to see what Zack is up to. Let’s get right to his images and commentary, and I thank him for sharing.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #560: Featuring April Pulley Sayre

h1 November 12th, 2017    by jules


“Oh—it’s orange!
Red, be bold.”

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I’ve got some spreads today from April Pulley Sayre’s Full of Fall (Beach Lane Books, August 2017). It’s a beautiful book, very fitting for this time of year. I thought of it this week, as I drove down the tree-lined street to my daughters’ school. The fall leaves are pretty stunning at this time of year.

Perfectly paced and cadenced, Sayre’s flowing, rhyming text captures the wonders of autumn with a genuine, infectious wonder. She kicks off the book with a goodbye to summer and welcomes the surging colors of fall, with her focus on the leaves of fall trees. “The forest glows,” Sayre writes, as her detailed nature photos capture the season. The book closes with a welcome to winter, as well as some informational facts about the leaves of autumn. Visually, the book is eye-popping, as Sayre’s photography consistently is. Some spreads feature one photo, while others feature two or three, with unfussy white borders dividing them. All spreads are full-bleed — and glorious.

You won’t want to miss this one. Here are some more spreads. …

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring James E. Ransome

h1 November 10th, 2017    by jules


“Before she was a suffragist / she was General Tubman …”
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It may not be winter yet, but the cozy, winter picture books are already on shelves. I’ve got two at Kirkus today.

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Last week, I wrote here about Lesa Cline-Ransome’s and James E. Ransome’s Before She Was Harriet (Holiday House, November 2017). A spread is pictured above.

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My Kirkus Q&A with Sharee Miller

h1 November 9th, 2017    by jules

The first thing I wanted to be when I was younger was a beautiful princess. The first representations of beauty we see are often princesses. They usually have long straight hair and Eurocentric features. I think this is the point when most girls start to think about their physical appearance, and I wanted little girls with natural hair to see themselves as beautiful princesses.”

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Over at Kirkus today, I talk to debut picture book author-illustrator Sharee Miller about her new book, Princess Hair (Little, Brown, October 2017).

That Q&A is here.

Until tomorrow …

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Photo of Sharee courtesy of Darrell Hanley.

Silent Days, Silent Dreams

h1 November 7th, 2017    by jules


I’ve got a BookPage review (here) of Allen Say’s Silent Days, Silent Dreams (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, October 2017). I’m following up with art today.

This book has been the subject of a court case (here’s a summary, and here’s Scholastic’s statement). I’m glad it’s made its way to shelves.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #559: Featuring
Up-and-Coming Illustrator, Yuko Okabe

h1 November 5th, 2017    by jules



 
It’s the first Sunday of the month, dear Imps, which means a student illustrator or newly-graduated illustrator here at 7-Imp.

Today, I welcome Yuko Okabe, a recent graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design, who is now pursuing life as an illustrator in Boston. She also works as an artist for Mighteor, and she describes that work below.

Yuko is also currently creating a picture book with a couple of people and is becoming increasingly interested in picture books and children’s books.

I thank her for visiting. Here she is, in her own words . …

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring
Nidhi Chanani, Molly Knox Ostertag, and Jackie Roche

h1 November 3rd, 2017    by jules


— From Nidhi Chanani’s Pashmina


 


— From Samya Kullab’s Escape from Syria,
illustrated by Jackie Roche and colored by Mike Freiheit


 


— From Molly Knox Ostertag’s The Witch Boy


 
At Kirkus this morning, I’ve got Lesa Cline-Ransome’s and James E. Ransome’s Before She Was Harriet (Holiday House, November 2017).

That is here.

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Last week at Kirkus, I had a graphic novel round-up (here), so today I’m following up with some art from each book — Molly Knox Ostertag’s The Witch Boy (Graphix/Scholastic, October 2017); Nidhi Chanani’s Pashmina (First Second, October 2017); and Samya Kullab’s Escape from Syria (Firefly Books, October 2017), illustrated by Jackie Roche and colored by Mike Freiheit.

Please note: The colors in the illustrations from The Witch Boy appear here a bit brighter than they do in the book.

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