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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #457: Featuring Jane Manning

h1 Sunday, November 8th, 2015

” … only / Miss Augusta / and I / are here /
in a room / filled with magic / story / rhyme. …”

(Click image to see in detail and read the poem in its entirety)

I’m keeping things very brief today here at 7-Imp, though I do hope you leave your kicks from the week, because I’m traveling now. I’m in D.C. to moderate the third annual picture book panel at Politics & Prose. This will be tonight and is all about picture books for older readers with Jason Chin, Jacqueline Woodson, Christopher Myers, John Parra, and Chris Soentpiet. I’m looking forward to the discussion.

I’m sharing today my very favorite spread from Jumping Off Library Shelves: A Book of Poems (WordSong, September 2015), selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Jane Manning. These are poems about libraries, blessed libraries, and I love this spread so much, as it pays tribute to the one and only Augusta Baker.

Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.

I do hope you leave your kicks, and it may take me a while to respond this week — but I will.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Lizi Boyd and Barbara Lehman

h1 Friday, November 6th, 2015

Pictured top: One of Barbara Lehman’s early sketches from Alison Paul’s The Plan;
Bottom: Illustration from Lizi Boyd’s Big Bear Little Chair

Today over at Kirkus, I’ve got two new November’y picture books. That link is here.

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Last week I wrote here about Lizi Boyd’s Big Bear Little Chair (Chronicle, October 2015), as well as Alison Paul’s The Plan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, November 2015), illustrated by Barbara Lehman. (Did you know Alison is an illustrator too? Here’s her site.)

I’ve got art from each book today, and Barbara also shares some early sketches from The Plan.


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What Friends Do Before Breakfast

h1 Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

“‘He doesn’t stink,’ the girl adds. ‘No, he doesn’t,’ I agree.
What if we start our own club?'”

I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Lisa Mantchev’s Strictly No Elephants (Paula Wiseman Books, October 2015), illustrated by Taeeun Yoo.

That review is here, and today Taeeun is sharing some art (linoleum block prints, pencil, and a bit of Photoshop) and early sketches from the book. I thank her for sharing.

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This, That, and the Other

h1 Monday, November 2nd, 2015


I’ve got three quick 7-Imp announcements, and I’m going to use rock-and-roll hands, instead of bullet points, because rock-and-roll hands are infinitely more exciting.

I’ve got a guest post today over at Calling Caldecott about Mordicai Gerstein’s The Night World.

I already reviewed this beautiful book back in June for BookPage, but writing about it in even more detail for Calling Caldecott made me love it all the more. (Here’s art from the book.)

This Sunday, I’ll moderate the third annual picture book panel at Politics & Prose in D.C. This panel will be all about picture books for older readers with Jason Chin, Jacqueline Woodson, Christopher Myers, John Parra, and Chris Soentpiet.

Here are the details. (Nancy Paulsen is listed at that link, but she’ll be unable to attend.)

Spam and so-called spam bots have been making things difficult lately here at 7-Imp. But the webmaster (my personal tech support, my husband) has installed the WordPress plug-in reCAPTCHA, which we are testing in order to address this spam aggression. Should you have trouble posting a comment, which will now require you to type in a word to prove you’re not spam (sorry), please contact me.

There’s a lot more I need to do here at 7-Imp (the archive pages are woefully out-of-date), but at least the spam problem is solved. Maybe. Fingers crossed.

Until tomorrow …

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #456: Featuring
Up-and-Coming Illustrator, Amanda Moeckel

h1 Sunday, November 1st, 2015

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It’s the first Sunday of the month (happy November!), so I’m featuring the artwork of a recent grad today. Her name is Amanda Moeckel, and she tells us all about herself below and shares more art, so let’s get right to it.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring
Emma Chichester Clark, Yann Kebbi,
Sangmi Ko, Rebecca Malone, Øyvind Torseter,
and Anton Van Hertbruggen

h1 Friday, October 30th, 2015

— From The Dog That Nino Didn’t Have
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“Noah gently stroked his dog’s tummy. ‘Good boy,’ he whispered. …”
— From
Why Dogs Have Wet Noses
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— “Soon Mini’s dog had attracted quite a crowd. …”
A Dog Wearing Shoes
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— From Goodnight, Good Dog


— From Americanine: A Haute Dog in New York
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“‘PLUM!’ shouted Emma. ‘VERY BAD GIRL!’ she said.”
— From
Love Is My Favorite Thing
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This morning over at Kirkus, I’ve got two brand-new picture books, one which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2015 on Wednesday.

That is here.

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Last week I wrote here about the dog days of … well, Autumn. Here today at 7-Imp I have some illustrations from each book. There’s lots more art below.


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“I have seen this … perhaps thirty times
and am still not anywhere near the bottom of it …”

h1 Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

“The old woman fed them steaming bowls of soup and creamy pudding. Once they had eaten their fill, she led her two young guests into a cozy room and tucked them into clean, warm beds. ‘Can you believe how lucky we are?’ Gretel asked drowsily.
‘It is hard to believe,’ said Hansel.”

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In the spirit of Halloween this week, I’m sharing a conversation I started via email about a month ago with bloggers Betsy Bird, Travis Jonker, and Minh Lê about picture books that we find either delightfully unsettling or hard to nail down in some way or those that flat-out scare us. It’s hard to land on one good description for the books we ended up discussing, which is why I have the post title I do up there (it’s a quote that Travis mentions below). It’s not a very exciting title, and it’s not going to grab anyone’s attention, but I’ve never been good at that anyway. I didn’t want to use the word “scary” or “horror” in the title, ’cause that doesn’t quite fit as a description for all of these books. Something that gives you chills, after all, you can also find beautiful.

Let’s just get to it. Enough already, Jules. (Now I’m talking to myself.)

Oh, up above is a spread from Holly Hobbie’s newest book about Hansel and Gretel. I mean, LOOK AT THAT WITCH’S FACE. There’s another spread below, and it’s even scarier.

There’s also art in this post from Matt Myers, Erin Stead, Liniers, Eric Rohmann, and more.

Oh, and happy Halloween to all. May you get lots of treats.

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Robo-Sauce for Breakfast:
A Visit with Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri

h1 Monday, October 26th, 2015

” … If only there were some sort of magical ‘Robo-Sauce’
that turned you into a giant awesome robot …”


Author Adam Rubin and illustrator Daniel Salmieri are visiting this morning to talk about their newest book, Robo-Sauce, just released by Dial last week. It’s the story of a boy who drinks a sauce that turns him into a robot, and after he concocts a robo-laser of sorts, he turns everything around him into a robot — including the very book he’s in. That’s right: The book has a one-of-a-kind moment—a sort of hybrid fold-out and dustjacket all in one with clear instructions for readers—that transforms the book into a robo-book. If you’re confused right about now, you can either a) read below, where Adam discusses this moment in the book; b) look at the images below of the fold-out moment itself; or c) watch Betsy Bird’s video about it. Better yet, find a copy of the book and experience it for yourself. It’s pretty great, and the story is very fun.

Our chat today is rather Robo-Sauce-centric, but maybe I can have these two back to 7-Imp another day to talk about the mighty funny Dragons Love Tacos (2012), not to mention this year’s Meet The Dullards, written by Sara Pennypacker (with art by Daniel here at 7-Imp). I also failed to ask them what their fascination with sauces is (salsa, robo-power-inducing sauce), so I’ll ask them that next time too.

I thank them for visiting.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #455: Featuring
Up-and-Coming Illustrator, Ellen Shi

h1 Sunday, October 25th, 2015

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It’s not the first Sunday of the month, which is when I tend to do my student-illustrator features here at 7-Imp, but I’ve been rather unorganized lately and haven’t done one in a while. So, why not today?

This morning I’ve got some artwork from Ellen Shi, who graduated in the Spring from RISD. Ellen has been an SCBWI scholarship recipient and has had work chosen for shows at the Society of Illustrators. I love the image above. Beautiful, yes? Just watch out for those wolves. Always.

Ellen tells us about herself and her work below, so let’s get to it. And I thank her for visiting.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring
Kate Greenaway, Edward Lear, & Beatrix Potter

h1 Friday, October 23rd, 2015

— From Edward Lear’s The Book of Nonsense

Today over at Kirkus, I’ve got a picture book round-up, and that is here. Woof woof. And, because I have some picture book imports in there: Woef woef. Ouaf ouaf. And voff voff. Next week here at 7-Imp, I’ll have art from each book.

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Today here at 7-Imp is a bit of art from Classic Children’s Tales: 150 Years of Frederick Warne, published in early October. I wrote about that here last week. I don’t have art here today from Randolph Caldecott, but I do have some Kate Greenaway, Edward Lear, and Beatrix Potter.

Enjoy. …

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