Archive for July, 2019

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #647: Featuring Daniel Minter

h1 Sunday, July 21st, 2019


“They caught the babies, / and catch them still, /
welcome them into the world, / for loving.”

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“Midwives have been in the world probably as long as there have been human babies on earth.” Thus opens The Women Who Caught the Babies, a picture book by the legendary Eloise Greenfield, coming to shelves in September (Alazar Press) and illustrated by Daniel Minter. A five-page introduction kicks things off and is followed by a series of poems that follows African American midwives from slavery to the early 2000s. The book closes with a poem about the midwife who caught Greenfield herself, as well as some family photos.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Carlos Aponte

h1 Friday, July 19th, 2019



 
Over at Kirkus today, I’ve got some new picture books about things that go vroom, zoom, beep — and bark.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Carlos Aponte’s Across the Bay (Penguin Random House), coming to shelves in September. Today, I’ve got some spreads from the book.

Enjoy!

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Ultrabot’s First Playdate

h1 Thursday, July 18th, 2019


“That night, Ultrabot had trouble sleeping.”
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Over at BookPage, I’ve a review of Josh Schneider’s Ultrabot’s First Playdate (Clarion, July 2019). Or: Even robots can feel insecure. (Also, as you can see above, they also need nightlights.)

That is here, and today here at 7-Imp are some spreads from the book.

Enjoy!

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #646: Featuring Elizabeth Haidle

h1 Sunday, July 14th, 2019



 
Today, I’ve some illustrations from The Girl Who Named Pluto: The Story of Venetia Burney (Schwartz & Wade, May 2019), written by Alice B. McGinty and illustrated by Elizabeth Haidle (who is also the creative director of Illustoria magazine).

This is the story, set in 1930 in Oxford, England, of (as the book’s sub-title tells you) Venetia Burney, the only child to have named a planet. In the book’s opening spreads, we are invited into her world, as we walk with her and her schoolmates outside in a classroom lesson about the solar system. Venetia and her mother live with her grandfather, a former Oxford library head, and the inquisitive girl loves to tell him all about her lessons. Venetia is fascinated by not only outer space, but also Greek and Roman mythology; she’s intrigued by the links between science and literature. So, when a new planet is discovered . . . Read the rest of this entry �

What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Andrea D’Aquino

h1 Friday, July 12th, 2019



 
Over at Kirkus today, I’ve got an upcoming picture book from author-illustrator Carlos Aponte.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Andrea D’Aquino’s A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa (Princeton Architectural Press, September 2019). I’m following up with some art from the book.

Enjoy!

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David Soman’s How to Two

h1 Wednesday, July 10th, 2019



 

Back in March, the Horn Book posted about new picture books for “embracing friendship and community.” David Soman’s How to Two (Dial, March 2019), which I reviewed for the Horn Book, is included in that post, as well as three more excellent picture books. That is here.

If you missed Soman’s book earlier this year, be sure to find a copy. It’s a keeper.

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #645: Featuring Raúl the Third

h1 Sunday, July 7th, 2019



 
In case you missed it earlier this year, by chance, I’m spotlighting the engaging ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market from Mexican American artist and illustrator Raúl The Third. This was released in April from Kwame Alexander’s new imprint, Versify. Read the rest of this entry �

What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Joowon Oh

h1 Friday, July 5th, 2019



 
Over at Kirkus, I’ve got Andrea D’Aquino’s upcoming biography of artist Ruth Asawa, A Life Made by Hand.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Joowon Oh’s Our Favorite Day (Candlewick, September 2019). Today, I’ve some illustrations from the book.

Enjoy!

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How to Read a Book

h1 Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019


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I’ve a review over at BookPage of Kwame Alexander’s How to Read a Book (Harper, June 2019), illustrated by Melissa Sweet. That review is here, and today at 7-Imp I’ve some art from the book. Melissa also shares some process images, for which I thank her.

Enjoy!

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