Archive for May, 2010

A Visit with Thacher Hurd,
Elisa Kleven, and the Weaver

h1 Thursday, May 13th, 2010

“. . . children laughing, / a kiss given with love, / a heart that is full.”
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I’m having some cyber-coffee this morning with author/illustrator Thacher Hurd and author/illustrator Elisa Kleven. I’m ridiculously happy about this. I mean, you know, that’s just some good company there. Think some of their collective talent will rub off on me this morning? No? Well, I try. I always try.

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A Quick Art Stop, Featuring Emma Chichester Clark

h1 Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

“Once upon a time, there was a family of bears: Mommy Bear, Daddy Bear, and Baby Bear. One morning, Mommy Bear said ‘Bother! This porridge is much too hot!'”
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Observant 7-Imp readers may remember that one day, back in November of 2009, I mentioned this great book (pictured below), buried deep in my kicks for that Sunday: Read the rest of this entry �

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #166 (Mother’s Day 2010 Edition):
Featuring Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise

h1 Sunday, May 9th, 2010

“‘Are you brave enough to witness the Meanest Mother on Earth?’ asked Little Rabbit. ‘She has two heads. And green teeth!’ ‘She sounds terrifying,’ said the owl. ‘She is terrifying,’ said Little Rabbit. ‘And ferocious, too. Why, if you just look at her the wrong way, she’ll chop off your tail and eat it—in one bite.’
‘Oh, I have to see that!’ said the skunk.
‘One ticket, please!'”

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I love Kate Klise’s and M. Sarah Klise’s Little Rabbit books. How about you? Today, in honor of Mother’s Day, I’m featuring some art from Little Rabbit and the Meanest Mother on Earth, released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April.

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h1 Thursday, May 6th, 2010


BWAH-HA-HA-HAH!!!! You didn’t think I’d do it this year, did you? Seeing as I’m all retired from 7-Imp. Well, you thought wrong, birthday girl. Check it:


Seven Cheers (Make That Fist Pumps) for Miss Brooks

h1 Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Since I both speak and write in hyperbole sometimes, you may not believe me when I say the book featured in this morning’s post is one of my favorite picture books from 2010. But have mercy, dear readers, and believe me, because here’s the thing: I can’t cover every picture book released in this world, now can I? So, I cover my very favorites from the year (hence, the rampant approbation and high regard for titles here at the ‘ol blawg, all hyperbole aside), and this is one. This right here is such a winning picture book on every level that I’ll be flat-out impressed with myself, something I rarely am, if my words can do it justice this morning.

Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t), written by Barbara Bottner and illustrated by Michael Emberley, tells the story of one passionate librarian and one very stubborn young reader:

Miss Brooks is our librarian. She loves books. A lot…I ask Miss Brooks why she dresses up for reading circle. “I want you to get as excited about books as I am,” she says. I think Miss Brooks get a little too excited. And I bet her costumes itch.

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Scoring a Picture Book Goal
with Author Mina Javaherbin

h1 Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

“Magubani has the ball. He passes to Hassan. Hassan runs. I steal from Hassan and whoosh like the wind, glued to the ball. I dribble past him and—Goooooooal!
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Author (and architect) Mina Javaherbin is here this morning to talk a bit about her debut picture book title, Goal! (Candlewick, April 2010), illustrated by A.G. Ford. Goal! tells the story of a group of friends in a poor South African township who revel in a game of football. (That’s soccer to those of us on this side of the big pond.) Ajani has earned a new federation-sized football for being the best reader in his class, and he presents it to his friends with great pride as they set up goals and begin to play. “The streets are not safe, but I have a plan,” Ajani tells his friends: They will take turns, guarding for the bullies in the neighborhood. Then, the game commences, and the game’s tension and excitement—as well as the boys’ passion for the game—leaps off the page in these sprawling oil spreads from Ford. Even when they are “trapped” after the bullies arrive, Ajani quickly devises a plan to keep their new ball from getting stolen. (But I won’t give that away here, in case you want to read for yourself.)

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #165: Featuring Up-and-Coming Illustrator, Liz Chernov

h1 Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Today, on this first Sunday of the month when I tend to shine the spotlight on those illustrators new to the field, I welcome up-and-coming freelance illustrator, Liz Chernov, who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. I like the image above. Don’t you? I want to know more about that dynamic dog-and-girl duo. Let’s get right to it, since Liz is here to share some art, as well as tell us all about herself and her plans:

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