Archive for August, 2016

A Primer in Perception

h1 Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

“… and the fish saw A CAT …”
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Because I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Brendan Wenzel’s They All Saw a Cat (Chronicle, August 2016), I’m sharing some spreads from it today. Here is the review if you want to read more about the book.

Enjoy the art!

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Mac and Adam on How Your Book Was Made

h1 Monday, August 29th, 2016


I chatted over at Tennessee’s Chapter 16 with Mac Barnett and Adam Rex in advance of their visit next week to Parnassus Books here in Nashville. We talked about their new picture book, How This Book Was Made (Disney-Hyperion, September 2016); Chloe and the Lion, which was published in 2012 (here is where Adam visited 7-Imp back then to talk about that one); honky-tonk; and more. You can click on the image above to head to Chapter 16’s site and read our chat.

Wanna see some art from How This Book Was Made? You can head to this 7-Imp post from earlier this year. Scroll down a bit. Voilà!


7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #498: Featuring Erin E. Stead

h1 Sunday, August 28th, 2016

“The Uncorker’s heart was a glass vessel filled to the brim.”
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Pictured above is a preliminary image from Erin E. Stead’s illustrations for Michelle Cuevas’ The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles (Dial, August 2016), as well as a spread from the book. I have a review of this picture book over at BookPage (here), and Erin visits today to talk a bit about the art and to share some images.

I thank her for sharing. Let’s get right to it.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week, Plus What I Did
Last Week, Featuring Jeffrey Brown, Ben Hatke,
Eric Orchard, Raina Telgemeier, and Øyvind Torseter

h1 Friday, August 26th, 2016

— From Eric Orchard’s Bera the One-Headed Troll


— From Jeffrey Brown’s Lucy & Andy Neanderthal


— From Raina Telgemeier’s
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— From Ben Hatke’s Mighty Jack
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— From Øyvind Torseter’s The Heartless Troll

This morning over at Kirkus, I’ve got two very funny picture books. That is here. I’ll have art from each book here at 7-Imp next week.

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Last week, I wrote a graphic-novel round-up here. Today, I’ve got a bit of art from each book — Eric Orchard’s Bera the One-Headed Troll (First Second, August 2016); Raina Telgemeier’s Ghosts (Scholastic, September 2016); Jeffrey Brown’s Lucy & Andy Neanderthal (Crown, August 2016); Øyvind Torseter’s The Heartless Troll (Enchanted Lion, September 2016); and Ben Hatke’s Mighty Jack (First Second, September 2016);


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The Wind of the Book

h1 Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

“So the little giant asks the rain, What color is the wind?
The rain knows nothing.”

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Well, it occurred to me this morning that I’ve been blogging for ten years now. No better way to celebrate than to share some beautiful art, just like every other day in 7-Imp Land.

Here’s what I have for you today: Some art from Anne Herbauts’ What Color Is the Wind? (coming from Enchanted Lion in early October). This is a book originally published in France in 2011, which went on to win the Prix Sorcières, an annual children’s lit award in France. Incidentally, Herbauts is my age-ish (I think she’s four years younger), and she’s evidently published over 30 picture books and graphic novels and has been nominated three times for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. I’m feelin’ kind of lazy today. She’s prolific, huh?

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #497: Featuring B. B. Cronin

h1 Sunday, August 21st, 2016

“In his green living room are seats, saucers, statues, and two socks.
Where are Grandad’s socks?”

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This morning here at 7-Imp, I’m highlighting some spreads from Brian Cronin’s The Lost House: A Seek and Find Book, coming to shelves at the end of September from Viking. The book was just given the Gold Medal by the Society of Illustrator’s Original Art 2016 jury. (Read here for more information.)

In this story, readers enter a world of electric, saturated hues, meeting two grandchildren who are ready to head to the playground with their grandfather, but they can’t quite get out of the house. Grandad is forgetful and keeps asking them to help him find what he needs — his socks, his teeth, his umbrella, his bow tie, his cloth tote bag, etc. (though I like how the Publishers Weekly review notes: “To call this a seek-and-find book doesn’t come close to conveying the eccentricity of newcomer Cronin’s creation”).

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week

h1 Friday, August 19th, 2016


I’ve got a graphic-novel round-up here at Kirkus today.

Until Sunday …

My Q&A with Renée Watson: I, Too, Arts Collective

h1 Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Langston’s poetry was an early mirror for me. As a child, I didn’t read many novels where the characters looked like me, talked like me, were concerned with the same issues I was worried about. Poetry was where I found my people. In the lines and stanzas of Langston’s poems, my grandmother called out to me, my dark skin and crinkly hair was beautiful, and the stories of my ancestors were honored. There was strength, anger, grace, and ambition all there for the taking. I needed that as a child, and I believe our young people need that now. “

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Over at Kirkus today, I talk to children’s book and YA author Renée Watson, pictured above, about I, Too, Arts Collective, her initiative to turn the brownstone in Harlem where legendary poet Langston Hughes once lived into “a space for poets, a space to honor his legacy.”

That is here this morning.

Until tomorrow …

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Photo of Renée taken by NAACP and used by her permission.

The Moon Inside

h1 Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

“Every night, when the dark entered the house, traveling slowly down the walls
and over the floors, Ella grew afraid.”

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Coming to shelves next month from Groundwood is Sandra V. Feder’s The Moon Inside, illustrated by Aimée Sicuro. I like this book so much I want to show you all some spreads from it today.

This is the gently-paced story of a young girl, named Ella, afraid of the dark. There’s no shortage of picture books on this topic, but Feder and Sicuro handle this with such care and thoughtfulness; it really stands out. Note, for one, in the spread featured above, the book’s opening spread, how evocatively and accurate Feder describes how the dark appears to a child (or, more precisely, how it moves). Ella turns on the lights in each room she enters in order “to make the dark go away.” The sun makes Ella happy, and yellow—which dominates the book’s paelette—is her favorite color. For this reason, she avoids dusk.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #496:
Featuring Jean Jullien and Mathieu Lavoie

h1 Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Pictured above: Illustration from Mathieu Lavoie’s Toto’s Apple
and Jean Jullien’s
This Is Not a Book

I’ve got a bit of an international spin here at 7-Imp today with art from French graphic designer and illustrator Jean Jullien, as well as author and illustrator Mathieu Lavoie, who lives in Montreal.

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