Archive for the 'Picture Books' Category

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #608,
the 2018 Southern Festivals of Books Edition

h1 Sunday, October 14th, 2018

That’s a post title with a handful of numbers, now isn’t it.

Here’s what I’m doing this weekend, and it’s a little bit different. I’m typing this on Friday, because tomorrow (Saturday, which will be yesterday when you read this) I will be at the wonderful Southern Festival of Books alllll day. I will not only be able to kick back and hear a lot of talented authors and illustrators speak (here’s the line-up), but I will also interview Justice Sonia Sotomayor about her two new children’s books. I’m excited to meet her, to say the least.

For Tennessee’s own fabulous and informative Chapter 16, I did an online Q&A with Madame Justice, which you can read here. I also interviewed British author and illustrator Cressida Cowell (whom I hope to hear speak on Saturday) about her newest fantasy novel for children. That is here. (Pictured here is Justice Sotomayor’s adaptation for middle-grade readers of her bestselling memoir.)

I will share seven separate kicks next week. Today (Sunday, the day you’re reading this — confused yet?), all seven kicks (plus some) are that it’s my youngest daughter’s birthday! She is officially a teenager today. We shall party down all day.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring
Liz Anelli, Marianne Dubuc, and Oge Mora

h1 Friday, October 12th, 2018


— From Ross Watkins’s Dad’s Camera, illustrated by Liz Anelli


 

— From Marianne Dubuc’s Up the Mountain Path


 

“… And so Omu spooned out some thick red stew from the big fat pot
for her nice evening meal.”
— From Oge Mora’s
Thank You, Omu!
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Over at Kirkus today, I’ve a chat with author-illustrator Carin Berger about the Pen and Ink Brigade and their new initiative, the Blue Wave Project.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Marianne Dubuc’s Up the Mountain Path (Princeton Architectural Press, October 2018); Oge Mora’s Thank You, Omu! (Little, Brown, October 2018); and Ross Watkins’s Dad’s Camera (Candlewick, October 2018), illustrated by Liz Anelli.

I’m following up with art from each book today.

Enjoy!

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Matthew Cordell’s King Alice

h1 Tuesday, October 9th, 2018



 
I’ve a review over at BookPage of Caldecott Medalist Matt Cordell’s newest picture book, King Alice (Feiwel & Friends, October 2018). That is here.

Today, Matt shares some sketches, studies, and final pieces from the book. I thank him for sharing.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #607: Featuring
Up-and-Coming Illustrator Sally Gardner

h1 Sunday, October 7th, 2018


St. Basil’s Cathedral


 
The first Sunday of each month is usually reserved for student illustrators or those just entering the world of children’s book illustration. Today’s artist, Sally Gardner, isn’t quite brand-new, but I’m showcasing her art this morning anyway. She is a working freelance illustrator and graphic designer, and she both illustrated and co-created the Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys series — a hybrid graphic novel and early chapter book series, published by Penguin Books for Young Readers.

Sally was once a student of author-illustrator Sergio Ruzzier’s. (Years ago, she took one of his continuing education classes at the School of Visual Arts.) She lives in New York. She not only shares some art today but also tells us a bit more about her work. I thank her for sharing.

Let’s get to it. …

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring
Mehrdokht Amini, Vera Brosgol, and LeUyen Pham

h1 Friday, October 5th, 2018


— From Caron Levis’ Stop That Yawn!,
illustrated by LeUyen Pham


 

— From Jacob Sager Weinstein’s Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian,
illustrated by Vera Brosgol


 

“Finally their mothers decided to take a break and brought each boy to the park.
The boys were surprised to see each other. ‘Race you to the playgrounf!’ yelled Moe.
‘On your mark! Get set, go!’ Mo yelled back.
They climbed, swung, and played hide-and-seek.”
— From Jane Breskin Zalben’s
A Moon for Moe and Mo,
illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini

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Over at Kirkus today, I’ve got three picture books that are lovely intergenerational tales.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Jacob Sager Weinstein’s Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian (Clarion, September 2018), illustrated by Vera Brosgol; Jane Breskin Zalben’s A Moon for Moe and Mo (Charlesbridge, August 2018), illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini; and Caron Levis’ Stop That Yawn!, illustrated by LeUyen Pham and coming to shelves (Atheneum) mid-October.

(To read more about Zalben’s book, head here.)

Today I’ve art from each book to share.

Enjoy!

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #606: Featuring Night Out

h1 Sunday, September 30th, 2018



 
I am sharing a picture book review today, if you’re so inclined to read it. Over at the Horn Book, they’ve posted my review of Daniel Miyares’ Night Out (Schwartz & Wade, May 2018). That is here.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring
Jan Bajtlik, Lou Fancher, Steve Johnson,
Steve Light, and Grady McFerrin

h1 Friday, September 28th, 2018


— From Steve Lights’s Builders & Breakers


 

“The wind tickles us as we ride.”
— From J.M. Brum’s Our Car, illustrated by Jan Bajtlik
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“A tugboat lugs big ships.”
— From Jeanne Walker Harvey’s Boats on the Bay,
illustrated by Grady McFerrin

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“Good night, playground turning white. Good night, snowplow? Not tonight!
Start the engine. Try the lights. Check both signals — left, then right.”

— From Deborah Bruss’s Good Morning, Snowplow!,
illustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson

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Over at Kirkus today, I write about three new picture books that are nothing less than bursts of joy. (This is what happens when your Kirkus deadline is yesterday, yet you spend most of the day watching the DEPRESSING Kavanaugh hearings. Afterwards, you turn to picture books to cheer you.)

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about J.M. Brum’s My Car, illustrated by Jan Bajtlik (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, August 2018); Jeanne Walker Harvey’s Boats on the Bay (Cameron + Company, August 2018), illustrated by Grady McFerrin; Deborah Bruss’s Good Morning, Snowplow! (Levine/Scholastic, October 2018), illustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson; and Steve Light’s Builders & Breakers (Candlewick, October 2018).

I’m following up with art from each book today. By the way, I noted in last week’s column that I was unsure of the medium Grady McFerrin used in the beautiful Boats on the Bay. A little bird told me that it’s pen, brush, and ink, scanned and pieced together in Photoshop. Evidently, there are also a few spots in the book where old found woodcuts have been repurposed and used in the digital collages.

Enjoy!

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Illustrator Rafael López on The Day You Begin

h1 Wednesday, September 26th, 2018



 
Illustrator Rafael López visits 7-Imp today for an art-filled discussion about his illustrations for Jacqueline Woodson’s The Day You Begin (Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2018). I mentioned this book in a recent Kirkus column as being a wonderful back-to-school title, but it’s a book to share with children any day of the year, this story of how our differences make us special. Centered in a school room, readers meet Angelina. “There will be times when you walk into a room,” the book opens, “and no one there is quite like you.” It’s a story of making connections and finding one’s voice, but it’s more, as Rafael explains below. It’s about accepting people as they are.

Let’s get right to it, since Rafael shares so generously below. I thank him for sharing today. (If you want more of Rafael’s art, his 2011 breakfast interview here at 7-Imp is one of my favorites.)

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #605: Featuring Ethan Aldridge

h1 Sunday, September 23rd, 2018


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I don’t want to tell you too much about the plot of Ethan Aldridge’s graphic novel Estranged (Harper, August 2018), because should you find a copy to read yourself, I don’t want to have ruined the plot for you. Regular 7-Imp readers may remember that Ethan’s artwork was featured here at 7-Imp when he was but a student. (EXCITING! to see his debut book be released.)

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

h1 Friday, September 21st, 2018


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You know those toddlers who are ob-sessssed with cars, trucks, and all things that go? The world is populated with many such children. Over at Kirkus today, I’ve got four new picture books all about Things That Go Zoom.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about a new picture book import, coming to shelves next month, Raúl Nieto Guridi’s The King of Nothing (New York Review, October 2018), which was originally published in Spanish in 2013 as El rey de nada and has been translated by Saul Endor. I’m following up with some art today.

Enjoy!

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