Archive for the 'Picture Books' Category

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #428: Featuring
Beatrice Alemagna and Sergio García Sánchez

h1 Sunday, April 19th, 2015

– From Nadja Spiegelman’s and Sergio García Sánchez’s
Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure


– From Beatrice Alemagna’s Little Big Boubo
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I’m kickin’ it all international today with Italian author-illustrator Beatrice Alemagna, born in Bologna, and Sergio García Sánchez, who is a cartoonist from Spain.

If I had a dime for every time an illustrator here at 7-Imp has named Beatrice Alemagna as an inspiration, well … I’d be in Italy now. Yep. Why not? Italy sounds good right about now.

Last year she wrote and illustrated Little Big Boubo—on shelves here in the States this month, thanks to Tate Publishing—and I’ve got some spreads from it today. This book had me at its first lines:

Hello! My first name is Boubo.

My last name is Boubo too.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Lauren Castillo

h1 Friday, April 17th, 2015

“I run to my dad. I’m really bawling. ‘I’m not for sale, am I? You wouldn’t sell me, would you?’ My dad drops the garden chair he’s holding. ‘Not for a million, trillion dollars,’ he says. ‘Not ever, ever, ever.’ He wipes my nose.
Suddenly my mom’s there and we are all hugging at once.”
– Sketch, line art, and final art from Eve Bunting’s
Yard Sale,
illustrated by Lauren Castillo

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This morning over at Kirkus, I write about a Belgian import, Jan De Kinder’s Red (Eerdmans, March 2015). That is here.

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Since I wrote last week (here) about Eve Bunting’s Yard Sale (Candlewick, April 2015), illustrated by Lauren Castillo, I’ve got some art from the book, as well as some of Lauren’s early sketches and line art for some of the spreads.


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50 Objects and 50 Books with Paul B. Janeczko

h1 Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Whenever I think about a new anthology project, I always look for two things. First of all, I want the project to be original. I never want an anthology to be seen as ‘just another Janeczko collection.’ Secondly, I always want my readers to reach a little when they read the poems in my collections.”

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Today over at Kirkus I talk to poet Paul B. Janeczko, whose newest collaboration with illustrator Chris Raschka, The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects, marks his 50th book.

That link is here.

Until tomorrow …


Photo of Janeczko used by permission of Candlewick Press.

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #427: Featuring Barney Saltzberg

h1 Sunday, April 12th, 2015

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I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Barney Saltzberg’s Inside This Book (are three books), released by Abrams Appleseed this month. That is over here if you’d like to read about the book, and here at 7-Imp today I share a bit of art from the book.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Marianne Dubuc and Gillian Tyler

h1 Friday, April 10th, 2015

– Spread from Michael Rosen’s The Bus Is for Us!,
illustrated by Gillian Tyler

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“This is the first time I’m taking the bus by myself.”
– Spread from Marianne Dubuc’s
The Bus Ride
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This morning over at Kirkus, I write about Eve Bunting’s Yard Sale, illustrated by Lauren Castillo. That is here.

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Since I wrote here last week about Michael Rosen’s The Bus Is for Us! (Candlewick, April 2014), illustrated by Gillian Tyler, as well as Marianne Dubuc’s The Bus Ride (Kids Can Press, March 2015), I’ve got art from each book today.

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Sketches & Art from Rafael López and Renée Kurilla

h1 Thursday, April 9th, 2015

“… time for a big, floppy / green-leaf umbrella …”
– From Margarita Engle’s
illustrated by Renée Kurilla


“At carnivals, she listened / to the rattling beat / of towering / dancers / on stilts.”
– From Margarita Engle’s
Drum Dream Girl,
illustrated by Rafael López

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Last week over at Kirkus, I talked here with Margarita Engle and Rafael López about Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 2015). Today, I’m following up with some early sketches and final art from Rafael.

And since Margarita also saw the release last month of Orangutanka: A Story in Poems (Henry Holt), illustrated by Renée Kurilla, I’ve got some sketches and art from Renée as well. Tanka is an ancient Japanese poetry, consisting of five lines, and in this entertaining picture book, Margarita tells the story of an orangutan who refuses to nap. A great choice for National Poetry Month (this month) and an excellent writing prompt for children, Kirkus calls it a “playful and instructive introduction to a little-known form of verse,” and School Library Journal describes it as a “sprightly introduction to orangutans through nimble wordplay.” Renée’s spirited illustrations, rendered via pencil and ink and colored digitally, are alive with movement and color.

Enjoy the art!

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Won’t You Come Join the Discussion?

h1 Tuesday, April 7th, 2015


On April 15, Parnassus Books here in Nashville will host a roundtable discussion on early literacy at Ensworth School. As you can see from the image above, I’ll be participating in the discussion with author Rosemary Wells, as well as teacher and Calling Caldecott blogger Robin Smith and librarian Sarah Martin. Executive Director of Book’em, Melissa Spradlin, will moderate the discussion.

Here are all the details you need, if you’re interested in attending!

What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Holly Clifton-Brown and Laura Cornell

h1 Friday, April 3rd, 2015

– From Miriam B. Schiffer’s Stella Brings the Family,
illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown


“Heather also has two mommies: Mama Jane and Mama Kate.”
From Lesléa Newman’s Heather Has Two Mommies,
illustrated by Laura Cornell

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Today over at Kirkus, I’ve got two new and quite wonderful picture books — both about bus rides. They are totally worth the ticket. (I can’t resist that weak pun. Forgive me.)

That link is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about the birthday edition of Lesléa Newman’s Heather Has Two Mommies (Candlewick, March 2015), illustrated by Laura Cornell, as well as Miriam B. Schiffer’s Stella Brings the Family, with art from British illustrator Holly Clifton-Brown and coming in May from Chronicle Books. So, today I have some spreads from each book.


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Margarita Engle and Rafael López on Drum Dream Girl

h1 Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Today over at Kirkus, I talk with award-winning author and illustrator duo, Margarita Engle and Rafael López, pictured above, who have collaborated on a beautiful new picture book biography, called Drum Dream Girl (Houghton Mifflin, March 2015). Oh my, it’s gorgeous.

That Q&A is here, and I will have some art and early sketches from it next week here at 7-Imp.

p.s. My 2011 “breakfast” interview with Rafael is one of my favorites.

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Photos of Ms. Engle and Mr. López used by their permission.

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #425: Featuring
Up-and-Coming Illustrator, Haejin Park

h1 Sunday, March 29th, 2015

On the first Sunday of each month, I like to feature student or debut illustrators, but I’m doing things a bit early right now. I’m taking a tiny bit of a blog break this week, and since this means I will be posting on only a couple of days and also traveling, it would be harder to feature a student next Sunday. So, today it is.

Her name is Haejin Park, and she’s very close to graduating in Illustration at RISD. She talks about her work below, and she shares some art as well. (Most, but not all of it, is in watercolors.)

I thank her for visiting.

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