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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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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 �

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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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #509: Featuring Beth Krommes

h1 Sunday, November 13th, 2016

“… as we slumber unknowing …”
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I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Joyce Sidman’s Before Morning (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2016), illustrated by Beth Krommes. That review is here, and today I’ve got some spreads from the book, as well as some preliminary images from Beth. I thank her for sharing.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #508: Featuring
Up-and-Coming Illustrator Aram Kim

h1 Sunday, November 6th, 2016

It’s the first Sunday of the month, dear Imps, which means featuring the work of a student or debut illustrator. Today Aram Kim visits, and it’s great to see her here, especially since she has come kickin’ with us before on previous occasions.

Aram’s new book is out (from Holiday House), but I’ll let her tell you about it below — and why she loves doing what she does. I thank her for visiting.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #507: Featuring Harriet Muncaster

h1 Sunday, October 30th, 2016

In the spirit of Halloween, British author-illustrator Harriet Muncaster visits 7-Imp today to tell us all about her series, Isadora Moon, which features a girl who is half-vampire and half-fairy.

Let’s get right to it, and I thank her for visiting.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #506: Featuring Christoph Niemann

h1 Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

7-Imp may be, for all intents and purposes, an art site, but today I’ve got some words for you. (Okay, some art too.) More specifically, Christoph Niemann’s Words, released this month from Greenwillow Books.

I love this one, which makes a great book for emerging readers to browse (if I could, I’d leave copies in every Kindergarten classroom in the country), as well as a great book for those learning English as a second language. To be sure, though, it’s a smart and fun book for everyone. In it, Niemann has illustrated more than 300 words in bold, black lines he drew in Adobe Photoshop. Each page features one word, and Niemann doesn’t desert any parts of speech. (Be sure to look for his illustrations of parts of speech at the book’s close.) How would you draw “there” and “those”? “Did” and “real”? “Almost”? “Will” (the verb, that is)? Tough ones, huh? Niemann’s got you covered here with clever, thoughtful renderings of words in the English language, sometimes pairing homonymns on one spread (“duck” showing the creature and then “duck” showing a duck ducking!).

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #505: Featuring a Dragon with a Taco

h1 Sunday, October 16th, 2016

I’m doing something different today. No illustrations for you—I’ll be back early this week with some, as always—but you all remember Adam Rubin’s Dragons Love Tacos, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri, which came out in 2012, yes? I posted about it here (and here).

Well, evidently, there’s a new edition of the book that comes with a dragon/taco toy. And I don’t normally get this excited about plush, but boy, do I love that book. So, I was pretty happy to see this and wanted to share a photo of it today.

TACO PARTY, anyone?

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #504: Featuring Juana Medina

h1 Sunday, October 9th, 2016

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Here’s a quick post to tell you about Juana Medina’s newest book, Juana & Lucas, on shelves now from Candlewick Press. I read this one at the tail end of this summer—and I read it out loud to my girls—and we enjoyed every moment of it. It’s the story, divided into 11 illustrated and entertaining chapters, of young Juana, who lives in Bogotá, Colombia. She likes drawing; her Mami, her Tía Cris (her “favorite aunt. OF. ALL. AUNTS.”), and her Abue; her friend, Juli; a superhero character named Astroman; Brussels sprouts; the city where she lives, where “everyone speaks ESPAÑOL!”; reading; and her “furry amigo, Lucas.” He is “the smartest and most amazing perro every born,” Juana tells readers. “I can’t think of a better friend than Lucas.” Juana doesn’t like her school uniform and Felipe and Santiago, who laugh at her on the bus. But most of all, she doesn’t like learning English: “I’m certain I don’t either need or want to learn the English,” she says. “I’ve got trouble enough already with learning math.” The worst part of it all? The “TH” sound tickles her tongue and she is “positively terrible” at pronouncing it.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #503: Featuring
Up-and-Coming Illustrator Billy Renkl

h1 Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

When I feature the work of student illustrators or those otherwise new to children’s literature on the first Sunday of each month here at 7-Imp, I tend to use the title you see above, which involves the phrase “up-and-coming illustrator.” Somehow that doesn’t seem enough for the work of artist Billy Renkl, who is actually a local artist to me. (He lives and teaches in Clarksville, Tennessee.) He’s been making art and teaching art since the late ’80s. Given that he has a newfound interest, however, in illustrating children’s books—he talks a bit about that below—I’m going to run with the whole “up-and-coming illustrator” moniker, even if he’s been making beautiful art for decades now.

Renkl, who teaches art, drawing, and illustration at Austin Peay State University, works in collage. “The old, retired, images and documents that I use,” he writes at his site, “many from antique didactic texts, allow for the possibility of meaning and metaphor in their peculiar beauty and often accidental æsthetic.” His work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions, and he has also done editorial illustrations for many clients over the years. He’s had work in Creative Quarterly (the current issue, in fact), American Illustration, Society of Illustrator’s Annual, and 3×3.

Not only is Billy sharing some of his captivating artwork today, but he also shares his thoughts on his influences, why he loves collage, how teaching informs his work, and more. I thank him for visiting. Let’s get right to it.

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