Archive for the 'Picture Books' Category

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #574: Featuring David A. Carter

h1 Sunday, February 18th, 2018

“You are a burst of joy and … I love you.”
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Here’s something a bit different today.

It’s not often that I feature novelty books here at the blog, including pop-up books. For one, you all know I love to show you the art inside of a book, and it’s challenging, for a couple of reasons, to show you pop-up art. But I’m going to do my best today. The book is from David A. CarterI Love You: A Pop-Up Book (Abrams), which was actually released at the tail end of last year.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Marianna Coppo and John Himmelman

h1 Friday, February 16th, 2018

“I don’t go anywhere.
Everyone comes to me.”
— From Marianna Coppo’s


— From John Himmelman’s Floaty

Valentine’s Day might be over, but I’m extending the celebration this week with some books, old and new, over at Kirkus today.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about John Himmelman’s Floaty (Henry Holt, January 2018) and an Italian import, Marianna Coppo’s Petra (Tundra, February 2018). I’m following up today with art from each book.


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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #573: Featuring Sonia Sánchez

h1 Sunday, February 11th, 2018

“And she did.”
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“Ruby’s mind was always full of ideas,” opens Brenda Maier’s The Little Red Fort (Scholastic), illustrated by Sonia Sánchez. In a story whose framework follows that of the classic folk tale The Little Red Hen, we read as Ruby asks for her brothers’ help to build a fort in their backyard. But when she’s met with a series of repeated rejections, she forges ahead, building it all by herself. She learns how to do it; she draws up her own plans; she gathers her supplies; she cuts the boards for the fort; and she hammers and builds. (She gets some help from her mother, who knows her own way around a set of tools, as well as her grandmother.) The result is a pretty rad fort.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week

h1 Friday, February 9th, 2018


Feel like a laugh? Over at Kirkus today, I’ve got two new picture books for the funny bone. You can click on the image above to read about them.

Next week here at 7-Imp, I’ll follow up with some art from each one.

Until Sunday …

Seeing Into Tomorrow

h1 Thursday, February 8th, 2018

“Empty railroad tracks: / A train sounds in the spring hills
And the rails leap with life.”

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Last week, I talked over at Kirkus with author-illustrator Nina Crews about her newest picture book, Seeing Into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright (Millbrook Press, February 2018). I really enjoyed that chat, which is here.

Today, I’ve a few spreads from the book. If you haven’t already read the Q&A and know the answer, you get seven points for identifying the talented man in the spread above.

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If I Had a Horse

h1 Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

“If I had a horse, we would be brave together.”
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I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Gianna Marino’s If I Had a Horse (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, January 2018).

That is here (and I’ve got a certain song from this classic album of my childhood in my head today).

Here at 7-Imp, I’ve got a few spreads from the book.


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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #572: Featuring Shreya Gupta

h1 Sunday, February 4th, 2018

City Hidden Behind Clouds — Baucis
— From Italo Calvino’s
Invisible Cities
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It’s a pleasure to have a visit today from New York-based illustrator Shreya Gupta. As you will read below, she is has done a great deal of editorial illustration but is also currently working on her first children’s book.

I’m going to hand 7-Imp over to her so that she can share more of her art and tell us more about herself.

I thank her for visiting. . . .

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Art from Galia Bernstein, Judy Horacek,
and Philippa Leathers (Meow, Quack, Roar)

h1 Friday, February 2nd, 2018

“‘Hello, my name is Simon.
I am a cat. Just like you!'”– From Galia Bernstein’s
I Am a Cat


” … and he tumbled into the river as well!”
— From Mem Fox’s
Ducks Away!, illustrated by Judy Horacek


“‘Hello, Little Tiger,’ said Elephant. ‘Did I scare you?’ asked Little Tiger.
‘Oh, no. You’re much too small.’ ‘Drat!’ said Little Tiger,
and he set off again to find someone else to scare.”
— From Philippa Leathers’
The Tiptoeing Tiger
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Last week at Kirkus, I wrote here about three new picture books perfect for the toddler and preschool set — Mem Fox’s Ducks Away! (Scholastic, January 2018), illustrated by Judy Horacek; Galia Bernstein’s I am a Cat (Abrams, February 2018), and Philippa Leathers’ The Tiptoeing Tiger (Candlewick, February 2018).

Today, I’ve got a bit of art from each book.


(Note: See an interview with Galia Bernstein here at Mel Schuit’s wonderful blog.)

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My Kirkus Q&A with Nina Crews

h1 Thursday, February 1st, 2018

I started thinking about illustrating [Richard Wright’s] haiku back in 2006 after I came across a few of them in a poetry anthology. I had read Native Son and The Outsider in my twenties and had more or less dismissed his work as too polemical for my tastes. I was surprised and delighted by the poems. A quick search online led me to a posthumously published collection of over 800 of his haiku, Haiku: This Other World.

In addition to hundreds of wonderful poems, this book included a terrific introduction that gave me a new perspective on Wright and backmatter that gave me a deeper understanding of this poetic form. Creating this book was an opportunity for me to reconsider my feelings about Wright’s work. I am now a fan.”

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Over at Kirkus today, I talk with author-illustrator Nina Crews, pictured here, about her new picture book, Seeing into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright (Millbrook Press, February 2018), which features her photo-collage illustrations.

The Q&A is here. Next week, I’ll follow up here at 7-Imp with some art from the book.

Until tomorrow …

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Photo of Nina Crews taken by Matthew Septimus.

I’m Not Crying. YOU’RE Crying.

h1 Tuesday, January 30th, 2018


I’ve a post over at the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott about Dave Eggers’ Her Right Foot, illustrated by Shawn Harris.

That is here.

Until Thursday …