Archive for December, 2017

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #564: Featuring Christine Roussey

h1 Sunday, December 10th, 2017


“We wander over to the pond and listen to the drip, drip of the water, the bloop, bloop
of the fish, and the
ribbit, ribbit of the frogs.”
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I’ve a review over at BookPage of Christine Rousssey’s My Lazy Cat (Abrams, November 2017). This one is a French import, originally published in 2016.

The review is here, and I’m following up today with two spreads from the book.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week, Plus What I Did
Last Week, Featuring Mordicai Gerstein and Sean Rubin

h1 Friday, December 8th, 2017


— From Sean Rubin’s Bolivar


 

“When I looked again into the whale’s eye, all I saw was my own reflection.
Don’t die, Whale! I’m doing my best!”
— From Mordicai Gerstein’s
The Boy and the Whale
(Click to enlarge spread)


 
Today over at Kirkus, I’ve got two new holiday picture books. That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Mordicai Gerstein’s The Boy and the Whale (Roaring Brook, November 2017) and Sean Rubin’s Bolivar (Archaia, November 2017). I’m following up today with some art from each book.

Enjoy!

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Matt Tavares on Red & Lulu

h1 Thursday, December 7th, 2017

When my kids were little, it turned into sort of a game, where we’d notice the bright red male cardinal out at the bird feeder [in our yard], and we’d try to find the female cardinal. And sure enough, she was usually nearby. It made me wonder what would happen if they ever became separated, and how far one might go to find the other. I felt like there was a story there.”

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Over at Kirkus today, I talk with author-illustrator Matt Tavares, pictured here, about his newest picture book, Red & Lulu (Candlewick, September 2017).

The Q&A is here.

Until tomorrow …

 

A Visit with Aaron Zenz

h1 Tuesday, December 5th, 2017



 
It’s a pleasure to have a visit today from author-illustrator Aaron Zenz, who is here to talk about his winsome new picture book for very young readers, Little Iffy Learns to Fly (Two Lions, October 2017). You can see the intrepid Little Iffy above.

Filled with warm, eye-catching colors and simple sentences (with various font colors emphasizing particular words for emerging readers, such as the repeated “up”s and “down”s in the tale), it’s the story of a baby griffin, who is afraid to fly. “What if he goes up and never comes down?” writes Zenz. Little Iffy’s friends work together to help their friend, making this a sweet story of friendship (and courage — lots of it).

Aaron is here to talk about the story behind the book, and he shares lots of art. I thank him for visiting.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #563:
Featuring Up-and-Coming Illustrator, Yinfan Huang

h1 Sunday, December 3rd, 2017



 
It’s a pleasure to have illustrator Yinfan Huang visiting today on the first Sunday of the month, when I tend to feature debut illustrators or those who have just graduated from illustration programs. Yinfan was born and raised in China but now lives and works in the U.S.

I am going to hand 7-Imp over to her briefly, because she talks below about her inspirations, work, and much more. Best of all, she shares some art.

I thank her for visiting.

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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.

Enjoy!

 
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