What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Adam J.B. Lane and Judith Rossell

h1 May 4th, 2012 by jules


“One evening after dinner, Randall McCoy stood up on his chair and announced as loud as he could: ‘I AM A BIG BOY NOW!’ This was news to his mother and father.”

This morning at Kirkus, I take a look at two new 2012 offerings from Tara Books, as well as run down some of their titles from recent years that I think are must-sees. If you’re interested in international picture books (particularly from South Asia), you might find it a post worth visiting. The link is here this morning.

Also, yesterday morning over at Kirkus, I chatted briefly with author/illustrator Tad Hills about his upcoming picture book, Rocket Writes a Story. That link is here, and next week here at 7-Imp I’ll have some more spreads from that sequel.

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Last week at Kirkus, I discussed two new little-boy picture book protagonists who make me laugh. First up was Adam J.B. Lane’s Stop Thief!, to be released later this month by Neal Porter/Roaring Brook. (An illustration from that book opens this post.) And Judith Rossell’s Oliver (HarperCollins, May 2012)—or What Happens When You Build Your Own Cardboard Submarine and Head Down the Bathtub Drain—is very funny and a winner all-around. That link is here, and today I follow up with some art from each book.

Enjoy.


“Oliver found out everything he could about wings.”


“Oliver climbed out of the bathtub and got a banana from the kitchen.
‘I’m going to poke it down the drain,’ he said. ‘No, you’re not,’ said Mom firmly.
‘You never let me do anything,’ said Oliver.”

{Note on the Oliver art: The digital images appear brighter here—particularly that green—than they do in the book.}

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“‘STOP THIEF!’ he cried. But the robber ran away instead.”


“A steady breeze carried the balloon high over the city.
Randall could see for miles all around.”

(Click to enlarge)

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OLIVER. Copyright © 2012 by Judith Rossell. Published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, New York. Images reproduced here with permission of the publisher.

STOP THIEF! Copyright © 2012 by Adam J.B. Lane. Published by Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, New York. Images reproduced here with permission of the publisher.

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One comment to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Adam J.B. Lane and Judith Rossell”

  1. Thanks for the focus on some international picture books, Jules! There are some good things there for the library.


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