Archive for the 'Intermediate' Category

What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Lane Smith

h1 Friday, December 1st, 2017

— From “The Cyclops Just Got Glasses”

I’ve got two brand-new picture books over at Kirkus today. That is here.

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Last week, I chatted here with author Chris Harris about I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups (Little, Brown, September 2017), illustrated by Lane Smith.

I’m following up today with some art — and poetry — from the book.


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My Kirkus Q&A with Chris Harris

h1 Friday, November 24th, 2017

Have you seen Chris Harris’s I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups, illustrated by Lane Smith? You may have already read about this book, as it’s received a whole host of starred reviews.

Over at Kirkus today, I talk with Chris, pictured here, about this book, what it’s been like to enter the world of children’s lit (he comes from the world of television — writing and producing, that is), and what it was like to work with Lane.

He also lobs some fruit at me.

Next week here at 7-Imp, I’ll follow up with some more art and verses from the book.

The Q&A is here.


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Photo of Chris taken by Cliff Lipson.

What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring
Nidhi Chanani, Molly Knox Ostertag, and Jackie Roche

h1 Friday, November 3rd, 2017

— From Nidhi Chanani’s Pashmina


— From Samya Kullab’s Escape from Syria,
illustrated by Jackie Roche and colored by Mike Freiheit


— From Molly Knox Ostertag’s The Witch Boy

At Kirkus this morning, I’ve got Lesa Cline-Ransome’s and James E. Ransome’s Before She Was Harriet (Holiday House, November 2017).

That is here.

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Last week at Kirkus, I had a graphic novel round-up (here), so today I’m following up with some art from each book — Molly Knox Ostertag’s The Witch Boy (Graphix/Scholastic, October 2017); Nidhi Chanani’s Pashmina (First Second, October 2017); and Samya Kullab’s Escape from Syria (Firefly Books, October 2017), illustrated by Jackie Roche and colored by Mike Freiheit.

Please note: The colors in the illustrations from The Witch Boy appear here a bit brighter than they do in the book.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus Today

h1 Friday, October 27th, 2017


I’ve a graphic novel round-up at Kirkus today, which includes the book pictured above.

That is here. I’ll have art from each book here at 7-Imp next week.

Until Sunday . . .

Snooping Out Stories with Jack

h1 Friday, October 20th, 2017

All of us should assume that young writers know the particulars of their world better than we know their world.”


Today over at Kirkus, I’ve a chat with award-winning author Jack Gantos about his wonderful new book for upper elementary and middle-grade students, Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, August 2017).

That is here.

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Photo above of Jack at the 2017 Eric Carle Honors was taken by Johnny Wolf Photography.

A Bit of Lumberjanes Art . . .

h1 Thursday, October 19th, 2017

“Barney was supersmart, with a thick swish of black hair that stuck straight up and out like the brim of a baseball cap. April thought Barney was a dapper dresser, which is not an easy thing to be when you wear a khaki Lumberjanes uniform every day. Barney was one of the only scouts who wore their uniform every day, because they liked the crispness of the uniform shirt, and the buttons and the kerchief.”

Here’s a bit of art from Brooklyn Allen to follow up my Kirkus Q&A last week with Mariko Tamaki about Lumerjanes: Unicorn Power! (Amulet, October 2017).


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For the Love of Sister Rosetta Tharpe!

h1 Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Love the Lumberjanes as much as I do? Then you may be interested in my Q&A over at Kirkus today with Mariko Tamaki, pictured above, who has adapted the award-winning comic books series to a novel for middle-grade readers, complete with spot illustrations by Brooke Allen. Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! is on shelves now from Amulet Books.

That Q&A is here.


My Kirkus Q&A with Patricia MacLachlan

h1 Thursday, September 14th, 2017

I think that my slow process of becoming blind is a great reason for this book. When I now look in the mirror, I look like an impressionist painting — interesting perhaps, but not clear. What I do see is my childhood, sharp and clear. Someone Like Me grew out of my memories, a wonderful world that now serves me.”

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Over at Kirkus today, I talk to Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan, pictured here, about her newest picture book, Someone Like Me (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, July 2017), illustrated by Chris Sheban, and much more.

That Q&A is here.

Next week, I’ll follow up here with some of Chris’s art from the book. (I also have a lovely, art-filled interview with Chris I’m eager to post but which I’m ridiculously behind on. I hope to post that soon!)

Until tomorrow …

My Kirkus Q&A with Katherine Rundell

h1 Thursday, August 31st, 2017

I grew up in part in Zimbabwe, and the wild freedom I had then still, I think, acts as an engine to my days. That raw happiness that is possible in childhood is such a gift. But I also remember being dismayed, when I was between seven and thirteen, when people repeatedly told me childhood was the happiest time in life. There is so much of the world that feels opaque and impenetrable at that age, and you are so dependent on the unruly race of adults. Children are fierce, passionate creatures. I think sometimes we treat children and their lives as far more simple than they could possibly be; I want my books, if possible, to act against that impulse.”

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Over at Kirkus today, I talk to author Katherine Rundell, pictured here, about her newest novel, The Explorer (Simon & Schuster), coming to shelves in mid-September.

That Q&A is here.

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Photo of Katherine Rundell taken by Blair Mowat.

What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Lauren Tobia

h1 Friday, July 14th, 2017

“‘Shh!’ she said. ‘Amazing Anna Hibiscus is busy growing up.'”
— From Atinuke’s
You’re Amazing, Anna Hibiscus!, illustrated by Lauren Tobia
and coming to shelves in September


Bao Phi, photographed by Anna Min

This morning over at Kirkus, I’ve got a Q&A with author Bao Phi, pictured above. We talk about his new picture book, A Different Pond (Capstone, August 2017), illustrated by Thi Bui.

That is here. Next week here at 7-Imp, I’ll have some art from the book.

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Also pictured above is an illustration from the Anna Hibiscus chapter book series. I mentioned in last week’s Kirkus column that new titles are coming out in the Fall (Kane Miller), and so today I have some of Lauren Tobia’s illustrations from those new books. More artwork is below.


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