Archive for the 'Interviews' Category

My BookPage Q&A with Allen Say

h1 Tuesday, November 21st, 2017



 

I’ve got a short chat with Allen Say over at BookPage, where he answers some questions about his picture book Silent Days, Silent Dreams. (And I have art from the book and a link to my review of it here at this recent 7-Imp post.)

The BookPage Q&A is here. Happy reading. I love this book.

Zack Rock’s Good Story

h1 Tuesday, November 14th, 2017



 

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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My Kirkus Q&A with Sharee Miller

h1 Thursday, November 9th, 2017

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.

My Chapter 16 Q&A with Rebecca Green

h1 Wednesday, November 1st, 2017


 
I’ve got a post over at Tennessee’s Chapter 16 with local (to me) illustrator Rebecca Green, pictured here.

Her debut picture book, How to Make Friends with a Ghost, was released earlier this year. In fact, I featured some of her artwork here at 7-Imp in August, but her picture book is a particularly good Halloween read.

And, hey, it’s still Halloween week.

The Q&A is here.

Enjoy!

 


 

My Kirkus Q&A with Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James

h1 Thursday, October 26th, 2017

It feels good when I receive messages from mothers, teachers, librarians, and grandmothers, who have said that Crown has moved them and their children. It has filled them with pride and speaks directly to their soul.
That’s exactly why we do what we do. I want to create a body of work
that will stay with readers for a long time.”


 

Today over at Kirkus, I talk to author Derrick Barnes, pictured above left and quoted above, and illustrator Gordon C. James, pictured right, about their debut picture book, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books/Bolden/Agate Publishing, October 2017).

That is here.

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Photo of Derrick Barnes by Victoria Blackshear. Photo of Gordon C. James is courtesy of the illustrator.

Snooping Out Stories with Jack

h1 Friday, October 20th, 2017

All of us should assume that young writers know the particulars of their world better than we know their world.”


 

Today over at Kirkus, I’ve a chat with award-winning author Jack Gantos about his wonderful new book for upper elementary and middle-grade students, Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, August 2017).

That is here.

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Photo above of Jack at the 2017 Eric Carle Honors was taken by Johnny Wolf Photography.

For the Love of Sister Rosetta Tharpe!

h1 Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Love the Lumberjanes as much as I do? Then you may be interested in my Q&A over at Kirkus today with Mariko Tamaki, pictured above, who has adapted the award-winning comic books series to a novel for middle-grade readers, complete with spot illustrations by Brooke Allen. Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! is on shelves now from Amulet Books.

That Q&A is here.

Enjoy!

My Kirkus Q&A with Charly Palmer

h1 Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Art affords me the freedom to express what I love, and what I love is black people and the various aspects of black culture. Much of our youth are drastically underexposed to their history, and that saddens me. Continuing to take on black children’s book projects allows me to bring to life the stories of our people.”

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Over at Kirkus today, I talk to illustrator, fine artist, and graphic designer Charly Palmer, pictured here, about his picture book debut, Kathryn Erskine’s Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October 2017). This book tells the story of Grammy Award-winning South African singer Miriam Makeba.

That Q&A is here.

Next week here at 7-Imp, I’ll follow up with some artwork from the book.

Until tomorrow …

A Moment with the Art of Chris Sheban

h1 Thursday, September 21st, 2017


(Click to enlarge sketch)


 
Last week at Kirkus, I chatted here with author Patricia MacLachlan about several things, and one of those things was her newest picture book, Someone Like Me (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook Press, July 2017). Today, I’ve got some art from the book from illustrator Chris Sheban. He also includes some early sketches.

If you like what you see here, I’ll have more soon. I’ve had Chris’s responses for a 7-Imp “Seven Questions Over Breakfast” interview for an embarrassingly long time. It’s taken me longer than I like to get to that interview. The good news is: This is because it will have so much art in it. But the challenge is that those longer, art-filled interviews take longer to format. Anyway, I hope to have that up soon (and I thank Chris for his everlasting patience).

The final art you see here below from Someone Like Me is sans text.

Enjoy! And thanks to Chris for sharing.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Katherine Roy

h1 Friday, September 15th, 2017



 
Today over at Kirkus, I’m reading between the lines, so to speak. That is here.

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Last week, I talked here with author-illustrator Katherine Roy about her newest picture book, How to Be an Elephant: Growing Up in the African Wild (David Macaulay Studio/Roaring Brook Press, September 2017). Today, she follows up with some beautiful sketches from her research trip to Kenya, a bit of a peek into her process, and some final art from the book. (Pictured above is an early sketch.)

Enjoy!

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