What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Will Hillenbrand

h1 August 9th, 2012 by jules


“This particular morning, the bear saw something on the flat rock in the clearing outside his cave. ‘What is that?’ the bear said. It was orange and long and pointy
and had green bushy leaves at one end.”

(Click to enlarge and see full spread)

This morning at Kirkus, I have a brief conversation with Brian McMullen, who created the McMullens children’s book imprint over at McSweeney’s, now in its second year. Brian serves as Art Director and imprint editor and is, as you may have guessed, the namesake for the imprint. That link is here.

Tomorrow at Kirkus, I’ll have some thoughts on Fall 2012 picture book titles I’m extra-eager to see. Actually, they’re titles I’ve already seen—books for which I got a sneak peek at some F&Gs—and whose releases I anticipate with downright glee. (I had fun writing this. I got crazy-inspired and wrote it a while back, but Kirkus wanted to post it now-ish, closer to Fall release dates.) That link will be here on Friday morning.

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Last week, I wrote about the utterly charming Bear in Love (to be released by Candlewick in mid-August), written by Daniel Pinkwater and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand. That is here, if you missed it last week and are so inclined to read more about it.

Here’s one more spread from the book. Enjoy.



(Click either image to enlarge and see spread in its entirety)

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BEAR IN LOVE. Text copyright © 2012 by Daniel Pinkwater. Illustrations copyright © 2012 by Will Hillenbrand. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

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6 comments to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Will Hillenbrand”

  1. I think I’m in love with a Bear in Love…
    Can’t wait to hold and read this one.


  2. This one really looks sweet! Can’t wait to see it…


  3. I love Will Hillenbrand’s work (and Will himself!) and this book looks wonderful. I’ll look for it!


  4. I read this today and am also completely in love with it. It’s the first time at my new job that I’ve been running around the staff area exclaiming and insisting that people look at a picture book.


  5. Adrienne: Yay!


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