Archive for April, 2021

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #738: Featuring Jon Klassen

h1 Sunday, April 11th, 2021

“SHHH, it will hear you.”
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A turtle. An armadillo. A snake. An alien creature. And some hats, of course.

It’s my review of Jon Klassen’s newest (and very funny) book, The Rock from the Sky (Candlewick, April 2021), over at the Horn Book.

That review is here, and below are some spreads.


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Have You Ever Seen a Flower?

h1 Thursday, April 8th, 2021

” … seen a flower?”
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Wanna look with me at some spreads from Shawn Harris’s Have You Ever Seen a Flower?, coming to shelves next month from Chronicle Books? It will wake you right up, this book suffused with joy and wonder. The book’s electric colors may even negate your need for coffee this morning.

Let’s take a look. …

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Code Breaker, Spy Hunter

h1 Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

If, like me, you hadn’t heard of Elizebeth Friedman, author Laurie Wallmark and illustrator Brooke Smart have got you covered in Code Breaker, Spy Hunter: How Elizebeth Friedman Changed the Course of Two World Wars (Abrams, March 2021).

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #737: Featuring María Elena Valdez

h1 Sunday, April 4th, 2021

“Paola: She saw an insect for the first time. / She was so happy that for the entire morning / her heart didn’t stop buzzing.”
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María José Ferrada’s Niños: Poems for the Lost Children of Chile (Eerdmans, March 2021), illustrated by María Elena Valdez and originally published in Spanish in 2019, is an experience — the kind of book you want to mark out some time for and take in slowly and reverently. It is a tribute to the thirty-four children under the age of fourteen who died or disappeared during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorial 17-year regime in Chile.

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My Chapter 16 Q&A with Meg Medina

h1 Thursday, April 1st, 2021


I may write about picture books and illustration here at 7-Imp, but if I’m asked if I’d like to interview author Meg Medina about her new novel Merci Suárez Can’t Dance, which Tennessee’s Chapter 16 did ask me, I say yes!

That Q&A is here.