Archive for January, 2012

Before-Breakfast Dot

h1 Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Here’s another quick post before breakfast about a 2011 title that caught my eye, yet I never quite got around to posting about it last year.

Anyone else out there see Patricia Intriago’s Dot? It was released by Margaret Ferguson Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux in August. This is Intriago’s first picture book; she’s the principal of Intriago Design.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #263:
Featuring Joey Chou and Angela DiTerlizzi

h1 Sunday, January 8th, 2012

“When a bird says TWEET, does he really mean SWEET?”
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Last Fall, I did a small handful of posts in which I highlighted some new picture books for the wee’est of readers, and I never quite finished. One of those books (and more are to come, as I will get to them, even if in 2012), another book geared toward your toddler-sized readers, is Angela DiTerlizzi’s Say What?, illustrated by Joey Chou and released by Beach Lane Books in July of 2011.

The illustrations Joey shares today give you a good sense of the book, which ends with a wee human child, telling his mother how much he loves her. This is always good for toddlers. (In fact, I envision this book as becoming a board book one day. Hey, good idea. Should I call the editor? “Jules WHO?” Seriously, I hope they consider it. It’d work.) This one is also good for, as the Kirkus reviewer noted, preschoolers who enjoy language play. Read the rest of this entry �

What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Vicky White

h1 Friday, January 6th, 2012

“Tigers are big and they’re beautiful and they’re fierce.
And all this makes life difficult for them these days…”

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This week at Kirkus, I take a look at 2012 picture book titles I’m particularly eager to see. The link is here this morning.

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If you missed last week’s column, I wrote about Martin Jenkins’ Can We Save the Tiger? — illustrated by Vicky White and published by Candlewick in February of last year. Beautiful book in every way. That link is here, and above is a spread from the book. Read the rest of this entry �

When Enough is Always as Good as a Feast…

h1 Thursday, January 5th, 2012

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Here’s a quick post in celebration of a 2011 title that I really enjoyed, Michael Morpurgo’s adaptation (Candlewick, October 2011) of the classic Pied Piper of Hamelin, illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, a story which—according to this link anyway—may date back to the Middle Ages. (Now, suddenly, I want to know everything about this fairy tale, but I guess that’ll have to get added to my to-do list. Wonder if anyone anywhere has annotated it?)

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Carin Berger’s Very Possible and
Very Good 3D Art Before Breakfast

h1 Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

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I’m doing something a little different today. Author/illustrator Carin Berger is visiting, which always makes me happy, but the slightly different part here is that she’s sharing art from a book not scheduled to come out till over a year from now. But, hey, why not? Right? I always like to check in to see what Carin’s doing, and as you can read below, she’s having fun with dioramas, her three-dimensional art — and the results are good. Very good. (I’d like to live inside Carin’s brain for at least one day, thanks very much.)

So, let’s get right to it. Carin (who visited me for a cyber-breakfast in 2009) is here to explain what in the hubba-what I’m talking about here: Read the rest of this entry �

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #262: Featuring
Up-and-Coming Illustrator, Lia Marcoux

h1 Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Happy 2012, everyone! Welcome to 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks, a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you.

I hope you rang in the new year just the way you wanted to. It’s the first Sunday of the month, so that means I invite a student illustrator or brand-spankin’-shiny-new illustrator over to share some art and say a few words. Today, I have a new illustrator, whose name is Lia Marcoux and who graduated in 2009. Let’s get right to it. She’s here to introduce herself, and I raise my cup of coffee to her. Read the rest of this entry �