Archive for April, 2016

Bedtime Bliss: Jane Smiley’s
and Lauren Castillo’s Twenty Yawns

h1 Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Sketch and final art: “She spread her blankie over them and kissed them good night. Now they looked sleepy and happy.”

Hello, Imps. I was out of town, and I missed blogging. But I’m back.

And today I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley’s debut picture book, Twenty Yawns (Two Lions, April 2016), illustrated by Lauren Castillo. Such a good one. Here’s the review if you want to read about it, and Lauren shares here today some process images and final art.


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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #477 and 478:
Featuring James Marshall (and a Tiny Blog Break)

h1 Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

Hi, dear kickers! I’m getting on a plane this morning to head to Connecticut. Last year, I was fortunate enough to receive the James Marshall Fellowship from the University of Connecticut. That means I have the opportunity to look through the papers of author-illustrator James Marshall. (Big fan here of his work. I’m excited!) I was going to do that back in October, but it was the week my father passed away. So, I had to re-schedule. And now it’s here — the week I’m finally going!

I’m really looking forward to looking through the Marshall Papers all this week, which means I’ll see lots of sketches and art. I’ll also have the opportunity to meet people up there in Connecticut who knew and love Marshall (who passed away in 1992).

That takes care of all seven of my kicks this week.

I’ll be able to read your kicks later today, BUT I won’t fly back till next Sunday, so this means that a) 7-Imp will be quiet this week and b) this post will still be here Sunday, April 10th, and I’m sorry I won’t have new art for you then. If you want to leave your kicks for next Sunday, too, at this same post, that’d make me happy. But no pressure.

And then after all that, I’ll be back on schedule.

See you on the other side of next week!

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

h1 Friday, April 1st, 2016

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Today over at Kirkus, I take a look at the newest U.S. release from Japanese author-illustrator Akiko Miyakoshi. That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Jo Ellen Bogart’s The White Cat and the Monk, illustrated by Sydney Smith. Today, I follow up with some art from it.


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