Archive for December, 2018

7Imp’s 7 Kicks #616: Featuring Taeeun Yoo

h1 Sunday, December 9th, 2018


“Every hour he makes his rounds, alone.”
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I have a review over at BookPage of one of my very favorite picture books this year, one that is especially perfect for preschool-aged readers. It’s John Sullivan’s Kitten and the Night Watchman (Paula Wiseman Books / Simon & Schuster, September 2018), illustrated by Taeeun Yoo.

The review is here, if you’d like to read more about it. Today here at 7Imp, I have some art from the book, and Taeeun also shares some early studies, thumbnails, etc. (Pictured above is an early character study, as well as a final spread from the book.) I thank her for sharing.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Larry Day and Stephen Michael King

h1 Friday, December 7th, 2018

— From Jeff Newman’s Found, illustrated by Larry Day
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— From Glenda Millard’s Pea Pod Lullaby, illustrated by Stephen Michael King
Over at Kirkus today, I write about my favorite holiday picture book this year.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Jeff Newman’s Found (Simon & Schuster, November 2018), illustrated by Larry Day, as well as Glenda Millard’s Pea Pod Lullaby (Candlewick, December 2018), illustrated by Stephen Michael King.

I’m following up with art from these two books today. Larry also visits to share early thumbnail images, sketches, etc. from Found.


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Daniel Salmieri’s Bear and Wolf

h1 Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

“When Bear got closer, she could see it was a young wolf. …”
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Here’s a book I had wanted to write about earlier this year but didn’t get around to. Daniel Salmieri’s Bear and Wolf was released in February (Enchanted Lion), back when it was snowy. But now things have come full-circle, as they do, and it’s snowy again, so what better time than now to take a peek at the beautiful art? You will also see below in this post a video in which Daniel talks about the creation of the book — I am always a sucker for listening to artists talk about their craft — and I love what he says about how, to him, the story is about “being present and experiencing life fully. It’s about a shared understanding with your friend where not a lot needs to be said.” You can hear and see more in the video below, including Salmieri’s snow talk.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #615: Featuring
Up-and-Coming Illustrator, Susan Haejin Lee

h1 Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Lazy Activism
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It is the first Sunday of the month (in the last month of the year — WHUT), and so that means today I welcome a student or newly-graduated illustrator. I’m happy to have Susan Haejin Lee visiting. She graduated last year and tells me more about her work below and shares more images, so let’s get right to it.

I thank her for sharing. Be sure to visit her site for more art.

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