City Moon

h1 December 12th, 2017    by jules


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Here’s a quick look at a book I don’t even have in hand. I picked it up and shared it at a recent story time (and also heard it read at a book club gathering), and I was smitten. Rachael Cole’s City Moon, illustrated by Blanca Gómez, was released in September (Schwartz & Wade).

This is the story of a young boy, taking a nightly walk with his mother (they’ve thrown coats over their PJs) through their neighborhood. They are looking for, and talking about, the big, bright moon in the sky. The narrator here is the boy, who is filled with questions about what they see as they walk. He possesses an infectious and endearing curiosity, as the two play a kind of hide-and-seek with the moon. Cole’s text is spare and precise, and matched with Gómez’s muted illustrations, the tone is one of quiet wonder.

To read more about it, you can head here to Jabari Asim’s thoughts in the New York Times. (He also mentions Julia Denos’s Windows, illustrated by E. B. Goodale, a great book with which to pair this one.)

Here’s one more spread. (Both spreads at this post today are sans text, since as I said, I don’t have a copy on hand.) A gentle, delightful book, this is one to be sure you see this year.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #564: Featuring Christine Roussey

h1 December 10th, 2017    by jules


“We wander over to the pond and listen to the drip, drip of the water, the bloop, bloop
of the fish, and the
ribbit, ribbit of the frogs.”
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I’ve a review over at BookPage of Christine Rousssey’s My Lazy Cat (Abrams, November 2017). This one is a French import, originally published in 2016.

The review is here, and I’m following up today with two spreads from the book.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week, Plus What I Did
Last Week, Featuring Mordicai Gerstein and Sean Rubin

h1 December 8th, 2017    by jules


— From Sean Rubin’s Bolivar


 

“When I looked again into the whale’s eye, all I saw was my own reflection.
Don’t die, Whale! I’m doing my best!”
— From Mordicai Gerstein’s
The Boy and the Whale
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Today over at Kirkus, I’ve got two new holiday picture books. That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Mordicai Gerstein’s The Boy and the Whale (Roaring Brook, November 2017) and Sean Rubin’s Bolivar (Archaia, November 2017). I’m following up today with some art from each book.

Enjoy!

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Matt Tavares on Red & Lulu

h1 December 7th, 2017    by jules

When my kids were little, it turned into sort of a game, where we’d notice the bright red male cardinal out at the bird feeder [in our yard], and we’d try to find the female cardinal. And sure enough, she was usually nearby. It made me wonder what would happen if they ever became separated, and how far one might go to find the other. I felt like there was a story there.”

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Over at Kirkus today, I talk with author-illustrator Matt Tavares, pictured here, about his newest picture book, Red & Lulu (Candlewick, September 2017).

The Q&A is here.

Until tomorrow …

 

A Visit with Aaron Zenz

h1 December 5th, 2017    by jules



 
It’s a pleasure to have a visit today from author-illustrator Aaron Zenz, who is here to talk about his winsome new picture book for very young readers, Little Iffy Learns to Fly (Two Lions, October 2017). You can see the intrepid Little Iffy above.

Filled with warm, eye-catching colors and simple sentences (with various font colors emphasizing particular words for emerging readers, such as the repeated “up”s and “down”s in the tale), it’s the story of a baby griffin, who is afraid to fly. “What if he goes up and never comes down?” writes Zenz. Little Iffy’s friends work together to help their friend, making this a sweet story of friendship (and courage — lots of it).

Aaron is here to talk about the story behind the book, and he shares lots of art. I thank him for visiting.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #563:
Featuring Up-and-Coming Illustrator, Yinfan Huang

h1 December 3rd, 2017    by jules



 
It’s a pleasure to have illustrator Yinfan Huang visiting today on the first Sunday of the month, when I tend to feature debut illustrators or those who have just graduated from illustration programs. Yinfan was born and raised in China but now lives and works in the U.S.

I am going to hand 7-Imp over to her briefly, because she talks below about her inspirations, work, and much more. Best of all, she shares some art.

I thank her for visiting.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Lane Smith

h1 December 1st, 2017    by jules


— From “The Cyclops Just Got Glasses”


 
I’ve got two brand-new picture books over at Kirkus today. That is here.

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Last week, I chatted here with author Chris Harris about I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups (Little, Brown, September 2017), illustrated by Lane Smith.

I’m following up today with some art — and poetry — from the book.

Enjoy!

 
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Nina

h1 November 28th, 2017    by jules


“Martin’s dream was my symphony. Black and white people could come together in the big dance of life. Hey child, my sweet child . . . Sometimes it seems as if
that dream came true! But the dream is fragile. You have to take care of it.”


 
I’ve got a review over at BookPage of a French import, Alice Brière-Haquet’s Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone (Charlesbridge, November 2017), illustrated by Bruno Liance and originally published in 2015.

That review is here, and I’m following up here today with some illustrations from the book. (Some are sans text.)

Enjoy!

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #562: Featuring Lauren Castillo

h1 November 26th, 2017    by jules



Foam printing in process, followed by final spread:
“One cold October evening, Andy watched a spider spin. He climbed a ladder for a closer look. He’d found the hero of his story — Charlotte A. Cavatica.
She rewove destiny with words. In the gleaming strands of her web,
Charlotte formed the bond of friendship.”

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Over at BookPage, I’ve got a review of Barbara Herkert’s A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E. B. White (Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt, October 2017), illustrated by Lauren Castillo.

That review is here, and today Lauren visits to share some preliminary images from the book, as well as some final spreads. I thank her for sharing.

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My Kirkus Q&A with Chris Harris

h1 November 24th, 2017    by jules

Have you seen Chris Harris’s I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups, illustrated by Lane Smith? You may have already read about this book, as it’s received a whole host of starred reviews.

Over at Kirkus today, I talk with Chris, pictured here, about this book, what it’s been like to enter the world of children’s lit (he comes from the world of television — writing and producing, that is), and what it was like to work with Lane.

He also lobs some fruit at me.

Next week here at 7-Imp, I’ll follow up with some more art and verses from the book.

The Q&A is here.

Enjoy!

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Photo of Chris taken by Cliff Lipson.