This morning at Kirkus, I take a look at a handful of new picture book titles that are wordless or Mostly Wordless. If you’re so inclined, you can head over there for the low-down. Here’s the link. Next Friday here at 7-Imp, I’ll have art to show from all of those titles.
If you missed last week’s column, I discussed the wonderful-in-many-directions Anna Hibiscus chapter book series from Kane Miller, written by Nigerian storyteller Atinuke and illustrated by British artist Lauren Tobia. Here is that link. Below, I have some of the interior illustrations from the titles to share here at 7-Imp. The color illustration opening this post is from the upcoming Anna Hibiscus’ Song, which is going to be the first picture book about the unforgettable Anna. A little web sleuthing on my part also revealed to me this gorgeous illustration (at Lauren’s site).
Evidently, Kane Miller will also be launching another series by Atinuke next season, No. 1 Car Spotter, featuring Oluwalase Babatunde Benson, a slightly older child than Anna Hibiscus (and a boy), living in a contemporary African village. (Here’s a bit more info, since they were released by Walker Books in the UK last year.)
More of Lauren’s artwork (from the Anna Hibiscus chapter book series) is below. Enjoy.
‘Comfort is coming! Auntie Comfort is coming!’”
From Book 1, Anna Hibiscus (2010).
From Book 2, Hooray for Anna Hibiscus! (2010).
From Book 3, Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus! (March 2011).
From Book 4, Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus! (March 2011).
All books published by Kane Miller Press (First American Editions). Text © Atinuke and illustrations © Lauren Tobia 2010 and 2011. (First published by Walker Books Ltd., London.) Images used with permission of Kane Miller.