What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Maira Kalman

h1 February 23rd, 2012 by jules


“One day, while walking through the park on my way to breakfast I saw a very tall man. He reminded me of someone, but I could not think who.”
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Hi, dear 7-Imp’ers. I’m starin’ down some manuscript edits this week. How are you all? Once this round of manuscript edits is done, I hope to post a bit more on a weekly basis here in the land of 7-Imp.

But for now …

Tomorrow morning over at Kirkus, I give a brief run-down of the BolognaRagazzi Awards, since the 2012 winners were announced just this week. But I also step back to describe what in the hubba-what the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is all about (as well as the four categories in the Ragazzi Awards), since I realize that to even the most hard-core children’s lit aficionado in this country, it might be a bit of a mystery.

For those interested in seeing the 2012 winners, they are as follows (note three American titles make Mentions this year in two different categories!) —

That Kirkus column will be here tomorrow.

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For last week’s column, which is here, I wrote about Maira Kalman’s Looking for Lincoln. You can read about it at that link, and today I share some art from it. Enjoy.



(Click each to enlarge and see entire spread from which they come)



(Click each to enlarge and see entire spread from which they come)

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LOOKING AT LINCOLN. Copyright 2012 by Maira Kalman. Images reproduced by permission of the publisher, Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin, New York.

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8 comments to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Maira Kalman”

  1. It would take a lot to become personally invested in a history we all know. We chanted part of it as children, “Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent…” – by its very familiarity, Lincoln’s story renders itself into fact and leaves us emotionally indifferent. It would take much to engage us again, into tearing up.

    But.
    The image of the hat. Empty. On the floor. By the rocking chair…

    Did.

    I really adore Maira Kalman.


  2. Right! That’s my favorite spread, Tanita. So powerful. So moving.


  3. p.s. The one and only Jama has more art here: http://jamarattigan.com/2012/02/12/honest-abe-is-a-babe-maira-kalman-looks-at-lincoln/.


  4. Oh, is there anyone anywhere as wonderful as Maira Kalman? Methinks not. I love this. Thanks, Jules.


  5. Maira Kalman captures what is real and important in an illustration, and she always brings in perfect quirky details and swooningly beautiful colors that make that reality her own. Her paintings are smart and moving; thanks for featuring them.


  6. Fly by kicking. . . I am on the way to Macau and Hong Kong! See you guys next week. =D


  7. Whoops! Let me move that comment to the kicks post.


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