What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week, Plus What I Did
Last Week, Featuring Ana Ramírez González

h1 March 22nd, 2019    by jules


“Norris sat down next to Elba. ‘I feel something in there,’ he said.
‘What?’ asked Elba, who didn’t feel a thing.
‘Something sad,’ said Norris. ‘I think it wants to come out.’
‘How?’ whispered Elba.”

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Over at Kirkus today, I’m gearing up for April.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Charlotte Agell’s Maybe Tomorrow? (Scholastic, March 2019), illustrated by Ana Ramírez González. I’ve a couple spreads from the book here at 7-Imp today.

Enjoy!

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Poetree

h1 March 21st, 2019    by jules



 
Over at Tennessee’s own Chapter 16 today, I’ve got a Q&A with author Shauna LaVoy Reynolds about her debut picture book, Poetree (Dial, March 2019), illustrated by Shahrzad Maydani.

That Q&A is here, and here today at 7-Imp are some spreads from the book.

Enjoy!

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Welcoming Spring with Bloom Boom!

h1 March 20th, 2019    by jules


“Petals curve. Insects swerve.”
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“In spring,” writes April Pulley Sayre in the closing note of her newest picture book, Bloom Boom! (Beach Lane, February 2019), “flowering plants can bloom a few at a time, over weeks and months. But sometimes, many bloom all at once. There’s a boom of blooms.” And this joyous book celebrates that very thing.

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Lubna and Pebble

h1 March 19th, 2019    by jules



 

The Horn Book has posted a review of Wendy Meddour’s Lubna and Pebble (Dial, March 2019), illustrated by Daniel Egnéus.

This is one of my favorite picture books thus far this year. I had the pleasure of writing the Horn Book review. It’s here.

Until later this week . . .

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #630: Featuring Andrea Zuill

h1 March 17th, 2019    by jules



 
Did any of you see last year’s Business Pig by author-illustrator Andrea Zuill? I didn’t end up writing about it anywhere, but it is a 2018 picture book I enjoyed. Jasper the Business Pig (who prefers flows charts over foraging or mud baths) made me laugh — just to look at him did. Zuill has a distinctive style, and her expressive line work and understated humor bring to life endearing oddball characters. She’s back this year with another awkward and eccentric, yet lovable, character — Sweety.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week, Plus What I Did
Last Week, Featuring Vera Brosgol and Andrea Tsurumi

h1 March 15th, 2019    by jules


— From Gideon Sterer’s Not Your Nest!,
illustrated by Andrea Tsurumi


 

“Yes, there are a lot of us.”
–From Vera Brosgol’s
The Little Guys
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At Kirkus today, I write about a story of deep empathy and elegance, one about sorrow, grief, and how to support a friend suffering it.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Vera Brosgol’s The Little Guys (Roaring Brook, April 2019), as well as Gideon Sterer’s Not Your Nest!, illustrated by Andrea Tsurumi (Dial, March 2019). Today here at 7-Imp, I’ve some art from each book, and both Vera and Andrea also share some early sketches. I thank them for sharing.

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Chris Raschka’s Side by Side

h1 March 13th, 2019    by jules


“Today and tomorrow …”


 
Over at BookPage, I’ve a review of Chris Raschka’s Side by Side (Phaidon, March 2019).

That is here if you’d like to read more about the book, and here at 7-Imp I’ve a few spreads from it.

Enjoy!

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #629: Featuring Aaron Becker

h1 March 10th, 2019    by jules



 
At Kirkus several weeks ago, I wrote about a small handful of new board books I love, and one of them was Aaron Becker’s You Are Light (Candlewick). It will be on shelves at the end of this month. Here is that Kirkus column, if you’d like to read more about the book.

Today, Aaron visits to talk a bit about creating this book and to share some process images (as well as a bit of final art). I thank him for sharing.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Cindy Derby

h1 March 8th, 2019    by jules



 
Over at Kirkus today, I’ve got Sharing 101 (and two brand-new picture books) on the mind.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Cindy Derby’s How to Walk an Ant (Roaring Brook, March 2019). I’m following up here today with some final art from the book, and Cindy has also sent lots of process images — character sketches, book dummy images, etc. I thank her for sharing.

Enjoy!

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Christian Robinson’s Another

h1 March 5th, 2019    by jules



 
Over at BookPage, I’ve a review of Christian Robinson’s Another (Simon & Schuster, March 2019), which is such a superb picture book. That review is here.

Here at 7-Imp today, Christian shares some preliminary images (sketches, character exploration, images of studio work, book design, etc.), as well as some final art from the book. I thank him for sharing.

Enjoy!

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