My 7-impish plans for today were to post an interview with the talented James E. Ransome, but that will have to be put off till perhaps next week. I look forward to this. I enjoy seeing his illustration work, and—speaking of picture book biographies, which I do below—have you seen Before There Was Mozart: The Story of Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George this year? It was written by Lesa Cline-Ransome, who happens to be James’s wife, and was illustrated by James. So, next week I shall bring you an interview with Mr. Ransome, whose colorful artwork will wake you right. up.
Instead, I’m now here today to say that this week at Kirkus I’ll cover three new engaging picture book biographies. The link will be here tomorrow (Friday) morning. And next week at 7-Imp, I’ll showcase some spreads from each picture book. Plus maybe a bit more. We’ll see. I’ve got ideas brewin’ in my head anyway.
Also over at Kirkus tomorrow will be the Qrank quiz I wrote on “Strong Females in Kidlit.” Now, that was fun to write. You can take that quiz, if you’re so inclined, tomorrow at this link.
Last week, I covered DK Publishing’s children’s title on world religions, What Do You Believe? That link is here, if you missed it. Below are some spreads from the book. You can click each to super-size and see up close. (You really have to in order to read the text.)