Following Up on a Q&A from Last Week,
Featuring Illustrations from:
John Parra, Jim Burke, Sophie Blackall, Michael Slack, Jeffrey Stewart Timmins, & Kelly Murphy (whew)

h1 April 10th, 2012 by jules


“I was a typist, nothing more. / I loved my life, I hated war. /
But it was war that stole from me / my job, my life, serenity…”
— From “The Captive,” Pat’s poem about Mitsuye Endo, illustrated by John Parra

(Click to see spread in its entirety and to read the poem)

Hi, dear Imps. (It was decided in this past Sunday’s kicks post that my readers shall be called “Imps,” per the special one and only Little Willow, and I like this name for my readers. A lot.)

I’ll be heading to Massachusetts this week for work, so I’ve got just a couple of follow-up posts this week here at 7-Imp. This is better than an announcement saying, I’ll be away all week and so I got nothin’ for ya, which I had initially planned. A couple of follow-up posts is about all my busy week of travel will allow, though I have a growing list of breakfast interviewees to have over for coffee. I’ll get to those soon. Promise.

Last week, I conducted a short Q & A over at Kirkus with Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis, pictured left at a school visit. The brief interview is here, if you’re so inclined to read it.

Today, I’ve got some art from some of the books he mentioned in that interview—some books already released and some not yet on shelves—because I simply can’t NOT post art. (You’re welcome for that annoying sentence construction. It’s late as I type this. What can I say?)

Pictured above, as noted in the caption under the image, is an illustration by John Parra for “The Captive,” Pat’s poem about Mitsuye Endo, who was a Japanese-American interned during World War II. That comes from When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders (Chronicle), to be released this Fall and with illustrations from John, Jim Burke, R. Gregory Christie, Tonya Engel, and Meilo So. Another illustration from that is below, as well as spreads from several other books.

Enjoy.


“…He said, once they had turned the jail house key /
No man will rob me of my dignity.”
— From “The Statesman,” Pat’s poem about Nelson Mandela, illustrated by Jim Burke
(Click to see spread in its entirety and to read the poem)


(Click to enlarge cover image)


 

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Some illustrations and the cover from Pat’s and Jane Yolen’s Take Two!
A Celebration of Twins
(Candlewick, March 2012), illustrated by Sophie Blackall:


 


“Twins Before Birth”: “Long after they / burst into bloom, / They share a dark, / rich living room…”; “…And After”: “Four hands, four knees, / Two doctors, if you please…”


“Tree-House Treat”: “Up in our tree house, / Spring’s on parade. / We’ve got two cool leafy / Seats in the shade. / If you eat an apple, / I’ll eat one, too — / We’ll sit in the tree house / Admiring the view. / Now you go down first. / If Dad calls my name, / We’ll trick him again — / Twin Switcheroo game. / Then we’ll count how long / It takes him to see / That I am not you / And you are not me.”


 

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Some illustrations and the cover from Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems (Harcourt, April 2012), illustrated by Michael Slack:


 


“Whose underwear? I wish I knew / Who left these for me, all brand-new /
Five dollars, ninety cents a pair. / They’re not my size. I’m forty-two…”

(Click to enlarge and read poem)


“Wherever I am, there’s always Boo, / Boo in the flowers with me…”
(Click to enlarge and read poem)


“The thing about a shark is—teeth, / Said shark expert my brother Keith. /
To study sharks, he happily / Set sail to greet them out at sea…”

(Click to enlarge and read poem)


 

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Some illustrations and the cover from Pat’s and Jane Yolen’s forthcoming
Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs (Charlesbridge, July 2012),
illustrated by Jeffrey Stewart Timmins:


 



(Click each image above to see in more detail —
and to see the full spread from which they come)






 

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A work-in-progress spread from Kelly Murphy for Pat’s upcoming Wordsong/Boyds Mill press title, Face Bug; these will be Pat’s insect-face poems, featuring insect photographer, Fred Siskind, along with Kelly’s illustrations:


 


(Click to enlarge)


 

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Thanks again to Pat, pictured below, for Q & A’ing with me.



 

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The illustrations from WHEN THUNDER COMES are © 2012 and used with permission of Chronicle Books.

TAKE TWO! A CELEBRATION OF TWINS. Collection copyright © 2012 by J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen. Illustrations copyright © 2012 by Sophie Blackall. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S PIE: MATH PUZZLERS IN CLASSIC POEMS. Copyright © 2012 by J. Patrick Lewis. Illustrations copyright © 2012 by Michael Slack. Published by Harcourt Children’s Books, New York. Images reproduced with permission of publisher.

LAST LAUGHS: ANIMAL EPITAPHS. Copyright © 2012 by J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen. Illustrations copyright © 2012 by Jeffrey Stewart Timmins. Published by Charlesbridge, Watertown, MA. Images reproduced with permission of publisher.

Sketch from FACE BUG copyright © 2012 by Kelly Murphy (poem © 2012 by J. Patrick Lewis) and reproduced with permission of Ms. Murphy.

PhotoS of J. Patrick Lewis used with his permission.

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7 comments to “Following Up on a Q&A from Last Week,
Featuring Illustrations from:
John Parra, Jim Burke, Sophie Blackall, Michael Slack, Jeffrey Stewart Timmins, & Kelly Murphy (whew)”

  1. Oh, these are rich – especially Animal Epitaphs and Edgar Allen Poe’s Pie! What a twisty, creative mind that man has.


  2. And SUCH fun to work with. A true professional with a laugh-out-loud personality and a huge heart,

    Jane


  3. Wow- so much excellent stuff here! Robert Frost’s Boxer Shorts made me laugh. Thanks for more beautiful artwork to start the day!


  4. How lucky are we all to have Patrick Lewis using his creative genius to hook so many on poetry of all kinds, His list is grand and I cannot wait to get my hands on ever more over the coming months.
    Thanks so much for sharing all the news, Jules!


  5. LAST LAUGHS reminds me of a poem I wrote 15+ years ago about Marie’s Poor Black Lamb…I’ll have to dig it out or up or something! hehehe.


  6. Good grief, so much great stuff–illustrations and poems, both! Thanks, Julie. And I am proud to be an Imp. 🙂


  7. […] Animal Epitaphs (Charlesbridge, July 2012),illustrated by Jeffrey Stewart Timmins(Featured on April 10, 2012)(Click image to see entire spread from which it […]


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