Archive for the 'Picture Books' Category

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #513: Featuring Isabelle Arsenault

h1 Sunday, December 11th, 2016


“The river’s soil nurtured a garden where Louise and her family grew geraniums, peonies, asparagus, and cherry trees; apples and pears, purple tamarisk,
pink hawthorn, and sweet-smelling honeysuckle.
Along its banks, her father planted poplars.”

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I’ve got some spreads today from Amy Novesky’s superb March picture book, Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois (Abrams), illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault. This is an exquisite biography of Bourgeois, the French-American artist known for her sculpture and installation art.

The book opens with Louise as a young girl and places a particular emphasis on her close relationship with her mother, who restored tapestries and actively taught young Louise about the repair of fabrics and about “form and color and the various styles of textiles.” Novesky likens Louise’s mother to a spider, quoting Bourgeois who once said about her mother: “Deliberate … patient, soothing … subtle, indispensable … and as useful as an araignée.” The author also uses the river near Louise’s chilhood home as a theme in the book as well: “The river provided flowers and fruit, a lullaby, and a livelihood.” Read the rest of this entry �

What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week, Plus
What I Did Last Week, Featuring Pirkko-Liisa Surojegin

h1 Friday, December 9th, 2016



 
Today over at Kirkus, I’ve got resistance on the mind. That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Otto and the Secret Light of Christmas (Floris, September 2016), written by Nora Surojegin and illustrated by Pirkko-Liisa Surojegin. Today, I have a few illustrations here from the book.

Enjoy.

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My Kirkus Chat with Donna Jo Napoli

h1 Thursday, December 8th, 2016

The tales come in so many different forms, and they deal with so many different topics. It was exceedingly difficult to choose just a few and still do justice to the sources. I wanted to give the reader a sense of the intricate and decorative nature of the structure of the whole, as well as an appreciation of the breadth of genres. But even more important than that was to select stories by the nature of what they would mean to Shah Rayar and how they could help him and Scheherazade expose their souls to one another.”

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Today over at Kirkus I talk with the one, the only Donna Jo Napoli, where we discuss her new book, Tales From the Arabian Nights (National Geographic, October 2016), illustrated by Christina Balit.

That Q&A is here today. Next week here at 7-Imp, I’ll have some illustrations from the book.

(P.S. One of my favorite parts of this Q&A? “David Wiesner and I have made a graphic novel, a first for both of us, called Fish Girl.”)

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Photo of Donna Jo used by her permission.

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #512: Featuring
Up-and-Coming Illustrator, Sophie Ambrose

h1 Sunday, December 4th, 2016



 
It’s the first Sunday of the month, which means the work of a student or debut illustrator here at 7-Imp. Today, I have some spreads from British illustrator Sophie Ambrose’s debut picture book, The Lonely Giant (Candlewick, December 2016). In fact, the book may not even be out quite yet; I think it publishes in mid-December.

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

h1 Friday, December 2nd, 2016


“The light gets reflected on freshly fallen snow.”
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Today over at Kirkus, I’ve got a holiday Finnish import on the mind. That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Hawksley Workman’s Almost a Full Moon (Tundra, September 2016), illustrated by debut picture book artist Jensine Eckwall. Below are some more spreads from the book.

Enjoy!

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A Visit with Hatem Aly

h1 Tuesday, November 29th, 2016



 
Because my family and I moved to a new house in the middle of this year and since moving is so time-consuming, it left a huge dent in my 2016 novel-reading. I’m trying to get caught up now on what I’ve read are some of the best middle-grade and YA novels of the year. However, one book I did read-aloud to my children, even in the midst of our move, was Adam Gidwitz’s The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog (Dutton, September 2016), illuminated by Hatem Aly. And we all three enjoyed this tale of . . . well, I like best how it’s described at the New York Times, Soman Chainani calling it “equal parts swashbuckling epic, medieval morality play, religious polemic and bawdy burlesque.”

As you read above, the book is illuminated. That’s right. Illuminated, as medieval texts are. These images are from Hatem Aly, who visits 7-Imp today to share sketches and images and talk about this book. As Gidwitz says in the book’s opening: Read the rest of this entry �

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #511: Featuring Tomi Ungerer

h1 Sunday, November 27th, 2016


“With the axe, they smashed the carriage wheels.”
— From
The Three Robbers, originally published in German in 1963
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After it arrived in my mailbox, I may have walked around my living room hugging the book I’m featuring in today’s post. I did. I hugged it hard.

But it’s that good. It is Tomi Ungerer: A Treasury of 8 Books, released last month from Phaidon Press. Included here, as the title tells you, are eight of his previously-released picture books, nestled inside a slipcase, including three well-known titles (The Three Robbers, Moon Man, and Otto); Fog Island, released as recently as 2013 (originally released in 2012 in Germany); and what the publisher calls “lost gems,” which includes some stories being published in this collection for the first time in 50 years — Zeralda’s Ogre, Flix, The Hat, and Emile. All of the stories in this tall collection, which range in publication from 1963 (The Three Robbers) to 2012 (Fog Island), are gloriously reproduced here. Read the rest of this entry �

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

h1 Friday, November 25th, 2016



 
This morning over at Kirkus, I’ve got a picture book about family and friends (and one magic girl) gathering around the table to give thanks — and I bet politics never once comes up. That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Emily Dickinson (MoonDance Press, December 2016), edited by Susan Snively and illustrated by Christine Davenier. Here at 7-Imp today are some illustrations from the book.

Enjoy!

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Bread Head

h1 Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016



 
I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Mo Willems’ Nanette’s Baguette (Hyperion, October 2016). That review is here, and pictured here at 7-Imp today are some illustrations from the book.

I may have, once or twice, reacted over bread this way myself, because … mmm. Bread.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #510: Featuring Leila Rudge

h1 Sunday, November 20th, 2016


“The racing pigeons usually returned just before supper. And they always discussed wind directions and flight paths. Or waypoints. Gary loved hearing about their adventures. He would perch nearby and record everything in his scrapbook.”
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I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Leila Rudge’s Gary (Candlewick, November 2016). That review is here, and below I’ve got another spread from the book.

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