Archive for April, 2019

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #633: Featuring Farshid Mesghali

h1 Sunday, April 7th, 2019

“‘Little Black Fish, are you still breathing?’ she asked.”
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Today I’m showcasing some artwork from Samad Behrangi’s The Little Black Fish, illustrated by Hans Christian Andersen Award winner Farshid Mesghali and first published in Persian in Iran in 1968. An English version was translated last year in the UK by Azita Rassi, and in mid-April a version will be on shelves here in the States (Tiny Owl Publishing).

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

h1 Friday, April 5th, 2019

“She’s slowing down.”
— From Miranda Paul’s
Nine Months, illustrated by Jason Chin
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“One … two … three … blow. Happy birthday, baby!”
— From Jane Godwin and Davina Bell’s
Baby Day, illustrated by Freya Blackwood
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Over at Kirkus today, I’ve got some comics for you.

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Last week, I wrote here about Miranda Paul’s Nine Months: Before a Baby Is Born (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House, April 2019), illustrated by Jason Chin, as well as Jane Godwin and Davina Bell’s Baby Day (Atheneum, March 2019), illustrated by Freya Blackwood.

Today, I’ve some art from each book, and Jason also shares some preliminary images from Nine Months. About the illustrations for the book, Jason writes: “The family is my brother, Michael and his wife, Mariana. The baby is Olivia (who the book is dedicated to), who was born when I was painting the book. The older sister is actually based on my daughter, as Olivia was Mike and Mariana’s first child. Mariana is from Morelia, Mexico, which is why there is a Morelia, Michoacán poster, a Spanish language book, etc.”

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Sophie Gilmore’s Little Doctor and the Fearless Beast

h1 Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

Sophie Gilmore’s picture book debut, Little Doctor and the Fearless Beast (Owlkids, March 2019), is the story of a “child the crocodiles called Little Doctor.” Carefully, tenderly, and kindly she treats the reptiles who come to her, looking for healing. After she has administered care, she hears the creatures’ adventure tales and listens in wonder to the “fearless beasts they described.”

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