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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #489: Featuring
Up-and-Coming Illustrator Sara Kendall

h1 Sunday, June 26th, 2016

“‘Why prince,’ she said, ‘you don’t look well!'”
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It’s not the first Sunday of the month, which is when I normally feature the work of student or newly-graduated illustrators, but Sara Kendall’s work, which I’m featuring today, is too good to follow any rules. So I’m posting it now.

Sara is getting her BFA in illustration from the College for Creative Studies in Michigan and will graduate next Spring. I’m not only featuring her paintings today, but she is also here to talk a bit about her work and future plans. She recently had work in the Society of Illustrators’ Student Scholarship Show 2016 and discusses that a bit below. I thank her for taking the time to visit and share art.

P.S. Sara is putting the finishing touches on a brand-new painting right now, and when it’s done I’ll add it to this post.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #488: Featuring Culpeo S. Fox

h1 Sunday, June 19th, 2016

“When the moon slithers into the open skies,
surely some trickery is afoot.”

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Sometimes this happens: You see a beautiful picture book and, without thinking things through, you assume it was just released. Then you find out it’s a couple years old.

I was just about to tell you about Manasi Subramaniam’s The Fox and the Crow (Karadi Tales), illustrated by Culpeo S. Fox, when I just now realized (when looking for an image of the book’s cover) that Betsy Bird wrote a lovely, detailed review of it here:

Gorgeous to eye and ear alike, the story’s possibilities are mined beautifully and the reader is left reeling in the wake. If you’d like a folktale that’s bound to wake you up, this beauty has your number.

Then I realized she wrote it in 2014. And that the book was actually released then. Long story why, but I thought this one was newly-released here in the U.S. Even though I tend to focus on new picture books here at 7-Imp, just to keep things easier, I can still tell you about this one, though. Read the rest of this entry �

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #487: Featuring Lynn Rae Perkins

h1 Sunday, June 12th, 2016

Good morning, dear Imps!

I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Lynne Rae Perkins’s Frank and Lucky Get Schooled (Greenwillow, June 2016), which is such an excellent picture book. Normally, I like to link to these reviews from here at 7-Imp so that I can also show you some art from the book. But today, I don’t have art; I’m going to just link you to the review. And that’s because BookPage chose the book as a Children’s Top Pick for this month. This means they included two spreads from the book in their review, to which I enthusiastically say (because I’ve already had my coffee this morning and am capable of enthusiasm by this point), YAY!

So, you can head over here to read all about it and see that bit of art, which I highly recommend, because—as I’ve already noted and as I say in the review—it’s such a well-crafted book. And, if you love picture books as much as I do, you don’t want to miss it.

[Fun Fact, speaking of Ms. Perkins: Home Lovely is one of my favorite picture books of all time.]

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #486: Featuring Lisa Brown

h1 Sunday, June 5th, 2016

“Inside the airport you stand in lines.
You stand in lines to get your ticket. You stand in lines to check your bags.
There are lines for the restrooms. There are lines to go through security.”

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Arriving just last month (is it already June?) on bookshelves was Lisa Brown’s newest picture book, The Airport Book (A Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press). Have you seen it, dear Imps? It follows a family of four on a trip, who make their way through an airport. And it is, as the title tells you, all about the airport experience itself.

This makes me happy, because have I ever said that I love to people-watch in airports? I do. (The tearful goodbyes! The happy hellos! The relieved goodbyes! The resentful hellos!) And if you follow Lisa’s work, you know she does daily sketches, which are often of people. And I like her daily sketches very much. So, this book combines two very good things — that is, an airport with lots of Lisa Brown-rendered people in it.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #485: Featuring Alexis Deacon

h1 Sunday, May 29th, 2016

I’ve got some art today from author-illustrator Alexis Deacon’s first graphic novel, Geis: A Matter of Life & Death. (“Geis,” a Gaelic word for a taboo or curse, is pronounced gesh.) It will be on bookshelves in July from Nobrow Press. [Edited to Add, 5/30/16: Alexis has illustrated this graphic novel, though Geis is still the first he’s both written and illustrated.]

Let me back up a bit and say that I love to see Alexis’s work, and I was happy to see he’d done a graphic novel. (I just read this 2014 Guardian piece about him and very much enjoyed it, if anyone wants to learn a bit more about him.) This is what the publisher calls a supernatural historical fantasy and is the first in a trilogy. Readers are promised at the book’s close that “soon” we will be able to read Book Two, A Game Without Rules.

The book opens with the death of the great chief, Matarka. Her will declares that “there would be a contest. Fate would choose the one fit to take her place.” Calling upon the Gods, fifty souls are summoned at night — to the confusion of everyone. Thus begins the contest to see who will become the ruler of the island.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #484: Featuring Tarō Gomi

h1 Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

“Is someone standing looking over the ocean … just like I am doing now?”
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I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Tarō Gomi’s Over the Ocean, originally published in 1979. If you’d like to read about the book, I send you there. And if you want to see some art from it, I’ve got that here at 7-Imp today.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #481: Featuring David Litchfield

h1 Sunday, May 1st, 2016

It’s the first Sunday of the month, which means that here in 7-Imp Land I take a look at the work of an up-and-coming illustrator. Today, instead of a student, I’ve got a debut author-illustrator. David Litchfield’s new book, The Bear and the Piano (Clarion), was evidently inspired (in part) by the White Stripes’ song “Little Room.” It was published in the U.K. last year but arrived on U.S. shelves at the beginning of this month.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #480: Featuring Kaori Takahashi

h1 Sunday, April 24th, 2016

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I’ve got a tiny peek today inside Kaori Takahashi’s Knock! Knock!, published by Tara Books this month and with text from Gita Wolf. Tiny, as in just two little illustrations, but if you want more information, you can head over to my BookPage review of the book. As you’ll read there, this is a story that quite literally unfolds (clear some space when you read it) to tell the story of a young girl in search of her toy bear.

That review is here.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #479: Featuring Akiko Miyakoshi

h1 Sunday, April 17th, 2016

“I wonder how fast the wind blows. I wish I had a ship with big propellers that would spin stronger winds to drive the storm away. The ship sails into the black clouds.
I keep watch.”

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Hi, dear kickers! I’m back from my research trip and happy to be kickin’ again.

I write weekly columns for Kirkus, and when I write about picture books over there, I always like to follow up later, here at 7-Imp, with art from the books I write about. That’s on account of being a big illustration fan. I don’t normally do that on Sundays, but I’m a bit behind from being out of town.

All that’s to say that a couple of weeks ago, I wrote here about Akiko Miyakoshi’s The Storm (Kids Can Press, April 2016), and so today I’m sharing some art from the book.


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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #477 and 478:
Featuring James Marshall (and a Tiny Blog Break)

h1 Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

Hi, dear kickers! I’m getting on a plane this morning to head to Connecticut. Last year, I was fortunate enough to receive the James Marshall Fellowship from the University of Connecticut. That means I have the opportunity to look through the papers of author-illustrator James Marshall. (Big fan here of his work. I’m excited!) I was going to do that back in October, but it was the week my father passed away. So, I had to re-schedule. And now it’s here — the week I’m finally going!

I’m really looking forward to looking through the Marshall Papers all this week, which means I’ll see lots of sketches and art. I’ll also have the opportunity to meet people up there in Connecticut who knew and love Marshall (who passed away in 1992).

That takes care of all seven of my kicks this week.

I’ll be able to read your kicks later today, BUT I won’t fly back till next Sunday, so this means that a) 7-Imp will be quiet this week and b) this post will still be here Sunday, April 10th, and I’m sorry I won’t have new art for you then. If you want to leave your kicks for next Sunday, too, at this same post, that’d make me happy. But no pressure.

And then after all that, I’ll be back on schedule.

See you on the other side of next week!