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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #639:
Featuring John Hare and Tom Sullivan

h1 Sunday, May 19th, 2019

— From John Hare’s Field Trip to the Moon


— From Tom Sullivan’s Out There

Want to head into inky-black outer space with me today? I have a BookPage feature about John Hare’s entertaining Field Trip to the Moon (Margaret Ferguson Books/Holiday House, May 2019) and Tom Sullivan’s trippy and thought-provoking Out There (Balzer + Bray, May 2019).

That’s here, if you’d like to head to BookPage and read about both books. Today here at 7-Imp are some illustrations from each book.


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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #638: Featuring Melissa Sweet —
and Celebrating Naomi Shihab Nye

h1 Sunday, May 12th, 2019

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Today, I’m celebrating two things — the fact that the Poetry Foundation named poet Naomi Shihab Nye the 2019–2021 Young People’s Poet Laureate and the art of Melissa Sweet.

When Melissa heard the news about Naomi this week, she was inspired and created this collage above. (I saw it on Melissa’s Instagram feed, squealed, and secured her permission to share it here today.) This is an excerpt from Naomi’s poem, “Famous.” You can read the poem in its entirety here, which I highly recommend. It’s always been one of my favorite poems by her (and, really, simply one of my favorite poems). Naomi’s work has meant so much to me over the years — as a reader, as a librarian, as a writer, and as a parent. I’m thrilled she’s the next Young People’s Poet Laureate. She will do good work.

I thank Melissa for sharing. She says she’d like to be a buttonhole (or a button!). Yes. Me too.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #636: Featuring Caroline Magerl

h1 Sunday, April 28th, 2019

“Maya placed a new can of fish in her pocket and set out to find Cat’s home.
Cat followed politely behind.”

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There are a lot — truly, a LOT — of picture books in the world about lost animals finding a new home, often with the protagonist of the story, ready and waiting for a new furry friend. That’s what we have (sort of) in Caroline Magerl’s newest picture book, Maya and the Lost Cat (Candlewick) — originally published in Australia in 2018 and on shelves here in the U.S. in early May. This one stands out for the strong writing and Magerl’s distinctive watercolor illustrations.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #635: Featuring
Carl and the Meaning of Life

h1 Sunday, April 21st, 2019

I’m sending you to the Horn Book’s site this morning for a review I wrote of Deborah Freedman’s Carl and the Meaning of Life (Viking, April 2019). How about that wonderful title?

The review is here, if you’re so inclined to read it.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #634: Featuring Juana Martinez-Neal

h1 Sunday, April 14th, 2019

“Drowsy contentment. Cool night air. We’re cuddled in the rocking chair.
Familiar lullabies to croon. This gentle time, our babymoon.”

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I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Hayley Barrett’s Babymoon, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Juana Martinez-Neal. That is here if you’d like to read about the book.

I’ve got a few spreads from the book here today, and BONUS! Juana shares different versions of sketches for one spread. I’m tellin’ ya … I could look at her beautiful sketches all day. Here’s what she said about it: Read the rest of this entry �

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #633: Featuring Farshid Mesghali

h1 Sunday, April 7th, 2019

“‘Little Black Fish, are you still breathing?’ she asked.”
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Today I’m showcasing some artwork from Samad Behrangi’s The Little Black Fish, illustrated by Hans Christian Andersen Award winner Farshid Mesghali and first published in Persian in Iran in 1968. An English version was translated last year in the UK by Azita Rassi, and in mid-April a version will be on shelves here in the States (Tiny Owl Publishing).

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #632: Featuring Hey, Water!

h1 Sunday, March 31st, 2019

The Horn Book has posted at their site a review I wrote of Antoinette Portis’s Hey, Water! (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House, March 2019). Such a good book, this one. So, I’m sending you over to the Horn Book to read the review here, if you’re so inclined.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #631: Featuring Tadgh Bentley

h1 Sunday, March 24th, 2019

Today, author-illustrator Tadgh Bentley visits to talk about his new picture book, written by Jon Stahl, and to talk us through a bit of the process of having created the illustrations for it. The book, Dragons Eat Noodles on Tuesdays (Scholastic, March 2019), is the engaging story of a blue monster, his little yellow friend, and their attempts to tell a story. These attempts involve a dragon, a cowardly knight, and a brave damsel. As Tadgh explains below, this is the first book written by someone else that he’s illustrated. I thank him for visiting to tell us more about it. Let’s get right to it.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #630: Featuring Andrea Zuill

h1 Sunday, March 17th, 2019

Did any of you see last year’s Business Pig by author-illustrator Andrea Zuill? I didn’t end up writing about it anywhere, but it is a 2018 picture book I enjoyed. Jasper the Business Pig (who prefers flows charts over foraging or mud baths) made me laugh — just to look at him did. Zuill has a distinctive style, and her expressive line work and understated humor bring to life endearing oddball characters. She’s back this year with another awkward and eccentric, yet lovable, character — Sweety.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #629: Featuring Aaron Becker

h1 Sunday, March 10th, 2019

At Kirkus several weeks ago, I wrote about a small handful of new board books I love, and one of them was Aaron Becker’s You Are Light (Candlewick). It will be on shelves at the end of this month. Here is that Kirkus column, if you’d like to read more about the book.

Today, Aaron visits to talk a bit about creating this book and to share some process images (as well as a bit of final art). I thank him for sharing.

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