What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week
April 8th, 2011 by jules
(Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Nancy Doniger, Julie Paschkis, Chris Raschka, and Eugene Yelchin)
My Kirkus column for this week, which is at this link this morning, is all about the chapter book series Anna Hibiscus, published by Kane Miller Books. There are four titles thus far in the series, the latter two having been released just last month, and it wasn’t till these last two were released that I discovered the series as a whole. And I have to say: I can’t yawp about them loudly enough. They are entirely, without skipping a beat, enchanting. So, head on over there this morning if you’d like to read more about them. Next week, I’ll have some interior art from the series to share with you (as they are illustrated chapter books).
And, speaking of illustrations to share, at last week’s column I shared 3.1 new children’s poetry titles. (The “.1” is all on account of how I only have 600-800 words to express myself over there, which I think is, ultimately, a good thing for me to learn. Economy of expression, that is.) This was all in celebration of the launch of National Poetry Month. If you’d like to read that column (and weigh in with any recommended poetry titles), it’s here. As promised, here are some illustrations from each of those titles (the one opening this post is from Bob Raczka’s Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word, illustrated by Nancy Doniger, but more on that below), as a discussion of them without a sneak-peek at the art is downright TRAGICAL.
First up, Julie Paschkis’s illustrations (without the text) for Monica Brown’s stirring picture book biography, Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People (Henry Holt, March 2011). Sweet heavenly Chilean poets, I love me some Julie Paschkis art (as evidenced by the number of times she appears on this page of 7-Imp):
Next up, a spread from poet Marvin Bell’s first children’s book, A Primer About the Flag (Candlewick, March 2011), illustrated by Chris Raschka. (Again, to read more about the books, head to last week’s column.)
(Click to enlarge this beautiful spread.)
Cats purrr. / I say: No contest.”
Won Ton? How can I / be soup? Some day, I’ll tell you / my real name. Maybe.”
My Boy? / Your tummy, soft as / warm dough. I knead and knead, then /
bake it with a nap.”
Finally, I’m happy to be sharing these poems from Bob Raczka’s Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word (Roaring Brook, March 2011), illustrated by Nancy Doniger, ’cause a) I love Raczka’s wordplay here, and b) it is possible—even before breakfast—to describe these poems (as I attempted over at Kirkus last week) but much easier to just show them. Enjoy.
Today’s Poetry Friday round-up is at Madigan Reads.
LEMONADE: AND OTHER POEMS SQUEEZED FROM A SINGLE WORD. Text copyright © 2011 by Bob Raczka. Illustrations copyright © 2011 by Nancy Doniger. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Roaring Brook, New York.
PABLO NERUDA: POET OF THE PEOPLE. Text copyright © 2011 by Monica Brown. Illustrations copyright © 2011 by Julie Paschkis. Published by Henry Holt, New York. Images reproduced by permission of the illustrator.
A PRIMER ABOUT THE FLAG. Text copyright © 2011 by Marvin Bell. Illustrations copyright © 2011 by Chris Raschka. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.
WON TON: A CAT TALE TOLD IN HAIKU. Text copyright © 2011 by Lee Wardlaw. Illustrations copyright © 2011 by Eugene Yelchin. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Henry Holt, New York.