Archive for July, 2018

Grandad Mandela

h1 Thursday, July 12th, 2018

“‘So apartheid was over?’ asked Ziwelene. ‘That’s right. And do you know how he did it?
He got his enemies to sit with him around a table.'”

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I’ve some spreads today from Ambassador Zindzi Mandela’s and illustrator Sean Qualls’ Grandad Mandela, which Mandela wrote with her grandchildren Zazi and Ziwelene. This is a follow-up to a Q&A I did last week at Kirkus with Ambassador Mandela and Sean.


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The Year in Pictures at the Horn Book

h1 Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Travis Jonker and I wrote about the year in picture book art (2017, that is) for the Horn Book’s current issue (the July/August 2018 awards issue).

That is online here now, if you’re so inclined to read it.

Until tomorrow …

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #594: Featuring Susan L. Roth

h1 Sunday, July 8th, 2018

From “First Footing: Hogmanay (Scotland)” —
“Midnight! And the bells are ringing! …”

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Here’s a new poetry collection, dear Imps, all about various holidays around the world that celebrate the mark of a new year — Every Month Is a New Year: Celebrations Around the World (Lee & Low Books, May 2018). Though in the U.S. we celebrate in January, many other countries don’t. Here, the acclaimed poet Marilyn Singer shares sixteen new year celebrations all over the globe, both religious and secular, and they are accompanied by Susan L. Roth’s eye-popping mixed-media collage illustrations.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Jason Chin

h1 Friday, July 6th, 2018

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Over at Kirkus today, I’ve three new picture books that will have you seeing things in new ways.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Stephanie Parsley Ledyard’s Pie Is for Sharing, illustrated by Jason Chin. I’m following up with some art here today.


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My Kirkus Q&A with
Ambassador Zindzi Mandela and Sean Qualls

h1 Thursday, July 5th, 2018


When our publisher first approached us about doing a children’s picture book, we immediately knew we wanted it to be a family endeavor. Madiba’s legacy is something that is a part of the lifeblood of our family, and it was beautiful to be able to share this story together.”

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Over at Kirkus today, I talk with Ambassador Zindzi Mandela (quoted above and pictured left) and illustrator Sean Qualls, pictured right, about their new picture book, Grandad Mandela. Ambassador Mandela, the youngest child of President Nelson Mandela, wrote this book with her grandchildren, Zazi and Ziwelene Mandela (ages 8 and 6, respectively).

That is here.

Next week, I’ll follow up here at 7-Imp with some of Sean’s art from the book.

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Photo of Ambassador Mandela taken by Julio E. Torres.

How to Be a Lion

h1 Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Move over, Ferdinand.

I’ve a review over here at BookPage of Ed Vere’s How to Be a Lion (Doubleday, June 2018).

And here at 7-Imp, I’ve got a bit of art from the book.


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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #593: Featuring Jamie Hogan

h1 Sunday, July 1st, 2018

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I got a neat surprise from illustrator Jamie Hogan recently, and I’m sharing it here today. (Fun Fact: Jamie first visited 7-Imp back here, over a decade ago, when the kicks tradition was only 17 weeks old. Whoa. And Eisha was blogging with me. AND images were tragically tiny and so poorly aligned that it makes my heart cry a little. Jamie also visited here in 2013.)

Anywhoozles. Jamie has created an illustration for a Portland (Maine) Public Library exhibit of panel art, and her illustration is inspired by 7-Imp. I mean, right?! The image is above, and in this post, you can read more about it (she references seven things happening at this library, which she describes as a “hub of activity”). You can also read more about the library art show at that link.

Thank you, Jamie! This is specialness.

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