“And everyone remembered Shiraz, too — the girl with a brave heart,
who had listened and had understood that when people are sad,
they do not always know how to ask for what they need.”
– One of Vali Mintzi’s illustrations from
Rita Jahanforuz’s The Girl With a Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran
(Barefoot Books, March 2013)
“Mama Nsoso spread her wings around her children. ‘Don’t worry, my babies,’
she said. ‘When morning comes, we will build an ilombe, a new house. It will have a
grass roof, mud walls, and a cozy nest inside. The wind will not blow in.
The rain will not drip in, and the dark night will not bother us.’”
– One of Brian Pinkney’s illustrations from
Janice N. Harrington’s Busy-Busy Little Chick
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, February 2013)
(Click to enlarge image)
If you follow picture books closely, you know there’s been a lot of talk lately about this book, pictured left, by Lemony Snicket
and illustrated by Jon Klassen
. The Dark
will be released by Little, Brown next week, and I read an early copy a while ago.
And I really like it.
I wanted to write about it for Kirkus this week, yet I wanted to do something different. There have been already a handful of reviews of the book, and I wasn’t in the mood to hear myself yap about it.
I started thinking about what it must have been like to work as the editor on this story, so I contacted Susan Rich, the Little, Brown editor who worked on this one. My column this week is a Q&A with her, and it is here today.
I thank Susan for taking the time to chat with me about it, and next week I’ll have a bit more art from the book here at 7-Imp.
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Last Thursday at Kirkus, I chatted with illustrator Brian Pinkney and author Janice N. Harrington, pictured below, about Busy-Busy Little Chick, their new collaboration from Farrar, Straus and Giroux, released in February. If you missed that Q&A, it’s here. Below are some illustrations from the book.
And last Friday, I wrote here about Rita Jahanforuz’s The Girl With a Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran (Barefoot Books, March 2013), illustrated by Vali Mintzi. Below is one more illustration from the book. (And for those who want to see even more, I noticed that, if you click on the book’s cover here at the Barefoot site, you’ll see a slideshow of a few more spreads.)
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