7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #652: Featuring
My Chapter 16 Q&A with Derrick Barnes

h1 August 25th, 2019    by jules



 
This past week, Tennessee’s Chapter 16 posted a Q&A I did with author Derrick Barnes, who will be at Nashville’s Southern Festival of Books this October. He talks to me about his newest picture book — The King of Kindergarten (Nancy Paulsen Books, July 2019), illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton — as well as the success of last year’s award-winning Crown. You can click on the image above to head to our chat.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Matt Myers

h1 August 23rd, 2019    by jules


Title page art
(Click to enlarge)


 
Over at Kirkus today, I have a tribute to those kicking off the school year in classrooms and libraries with lots and lots of books.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Matt Myers’s Hum and Swish (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House, June 2019). I’m following up today with some of Matt’s preliminary artwork for the book, as well as some final art. I thank him for sharing.

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Ellen Dubreuil’s Happy Compulsion

h1 August 21st, 2019    by jules



 
I’ve been remarkably erratic lately about featuring the work of student or newly-graduated illustrators, which I try to do the first Sunday of each month. Today — in an earnest attempt to make up for my inconsistency — I’m featuring an illustrator whose work I really like. It’s not a Sunday, I know. It’s a wild-card, mid-week kind of up-and-coming illustrator feature. Livin’ on the edge, right?

Her name is Ellen Dubreuil (don’t forget to visit her website, linked there, to see more of her art), and she recently graduated from the School of Visual Arts. She shares more about herself below and also shares lots of artwork, for which I thank her. Let’s get right to it and hand 7-Imp over to her. …

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #651: Featuring Kaya Doi

h1 August 18th, 2019    by jules


“Dring-dring, dring-dring! They hop aboard a boat and …”


 
Here’s a quick post to share some art from the fourth book in the Chirri & Chirra series from Japanese author-illustrator Kaya Doi. Chirri & Chirra Underground (Enchanted Lion, July 2019), translated from the Japanese by David Boyd, features the same inquisitive twins of the first three books, but in this new addition to the series they journey under the earth.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Carolina Búzio

h1 August 16th, 2019    by jules



 
Over at Kirkus today, I’ve got Matt Myers’s newest picture book.

That is here.

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Last week at Kirkus, I wrote here about Lorie Ann Grover’s I Love All of Me (Cartwheel/Scholastic, September 2019), illustrated by Carolina Búzio. I’m following up here today with some art from the book. Enjoy!

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Curiosity, Frustration, and Patience Before Breakfast

h1 August 14th, 2019    by jules



 
I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s newest picture book, Why? (Neal Porter / Holiday House, August 2019). That is here.

Below, Laura shares some early sketches, as well as some final art, from the book.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #650: Featuring Carson Ellis’s Pin

h1 August 11th, 2019    by jules



 
I’m doing something a little bit different today and sharing this pin that author-illustrator Carson Ellis created. For obvious reasons. I know that merely sharing a post like this does little for my part (compared to a force like the NRA), so I’ll say this: If you’re angry and sad and fed up, as so many of us are, I recommend you contact your elected officials to tell them how you feel.

Carson shared this at Instagram and told me it was fine with her if I posted it here today. If I understand it correctly, she is not producing and selling these pins. In fact, she’d probably encourage you to make your own! DO IT UP.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Weshoyot Alvitre and Duncan Tonatiuh

h1 August 9th, 2019    by jules


“And worrying.”
— From Traci Sorell’s
At the Mountain’s Base, illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre
(Click to enlarge spread)


 

“‘Our hearts should be filled with satisfaction,’ he said, ‘because Mexican Americans risked their own lives to fulfill their duty.’ Debemos sentir orgullo.”
— From Duncan Tonatiuh’s Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War
(Click to enlarge spread and read text in its entirety)


 

Over at Kirkus today, I’ve got the first in a new board book series all about building confidence in young children.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Traci Sorell’s At the Mountain’s Base (Kokila, September 2019), illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre, and Duncan Tonatiuh’s Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War (Abrams, September 2019).

I’m following up today with art from each book. And bonus! Weshoyot also visits to answer some questions about illustrating At the Mountain’s Base, share some process images, and talk about some other current projects. I thank her for sharing. Let’s get to it. …

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Signal Boosting Before Breakfast

h1 August 7th, 2019    by jules



 

Here’s my new favorite piece of art. This was created by author-illustrator Daniel Miyares for a poster, and all the proceeds go to We Need Diverse Books.

More info here.

Until Friday . . .

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #649: Featuring Barbara McClintock

h1 August 4th, 2019    by jules



 
Every now and then I like to check in with author-illustrator Barbara McClintock to see what’s she up to. Lucky me: She answered that question for me with this post, having sent some images (both sketches and final art) from a book she will see published this coming Spring (from Scholastic), The Three Little Kittens. (I’ve seen some Instagram posts from Barbara about this book, and I’m so happy to share some images here today.)

Now, let me say, though, in the name of first-things-first: Barbara has a glorious new picture book out now. It’s called Vroom!, and I reviewed it for the Horn Book. If they happen to post that review online, I’ll certainly link to it later here at 7-Imp. You definitely don’t want to this miss book, one of my very favorites from this year. More on that soon, I hope. Oh, and here’s the cover: Read the rest of this entry »