Archive for November, 2021

The Great Stink:
A Conversation with Colleen Paeff and Nancy Carpenter

h1 Tuesday, November 9th, 2021

In the art-filled chat I bring you today with author Colleen Paeff and illustrator Nancy Carpenter, Colleen says of Nancy’s illustrations for The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London’s Poop Pollution Problem (Margaret K. McElderry Books, August 2021): “The way she combines humor and historical detail with a dash of irreverence just feels so right for this story.” That comment stands out to me, because it’s how I’d describe this book as whole, one whose humor, historical detail, and dashes of irreverence — in both art and text — work together to tell an informative and entertaining story of just what the title tells you, what history calls “the Great Stink.”

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #768: Featuring Kevin Cornell

h1 Sunday, November 7th, 2021

” … Everyone was happy to donate! Except the traveling clock repairman.”
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I had the pleasure of writing about Kevin Cornell’s New in Town (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, September 2021) over at the Horn Book.

You can read that here, and below are some spreads from the book.

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I Am Smoke

h1 Thursday, November 4th, 2021

“I am smoke.
I twirl in dark dance from every campfire.”

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Henry Herz’s I Am Smoke (Tilbury, September 2021), illustrated by Mercè López, is a picture book you may have already heard a lot about this year. It has received a handful of good reviews — and even made Travis Jonker’s list of The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Books of 2021.

And why did it make Travis’s list? Here’s what he wrote:

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Picture Book-Reading in 2021

h1 Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021

What has your year looked like in terms of picture book-reading? This is the question we’re asking over at the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott today. Given the pandemic, which has meant more picture books as PDFs (for reviewers anyway) and delays in shipping, have you had trouble getting your hands on the picture books you want to see? Or have you been able to hold picture books in your hands and appreciate them in all their physical glory (as pictured above)?

Come join the conversation here!