What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Morning, Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Peter Brown and Scott Magoon

h1 September 7th, 2012 by jules

“Mike picked them up one by one and put them on the ground. Then he spelled it out for them. ‘Big, tough dogs do not hang around with tiny, fuzzy bunnies, okay?
So beat it. Scram. And don’t come back!’
Mike found excuses not to use his car for the next few days.”

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This morning over at Kirkus, I take a look at A Mary Blair Treasury of Golden Books. That link is here today.

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Last week at Kirkus, I wrote about Aaron Reynolds’ Creepy Carrots! (Simon & Schuster, August 2012), illustrated by Peter Brown, and Michelle Knudsen’s Big Mean Mike (Candlewick, August 2012), illustrated by Scott Magoon. So, to read all about the two picture books, here is last week’s column. Today, I’ve got some art to share.


“Best of all, he had a big, mean car that he liked to drive around the big, mean streets. It made a big, mean sound whenever he revved the engine. ‘Here comes Big Mean Mike!’ the other dogs would say. ‘He’s the biggest, toughest dog in the whole neighborhood!’ Everyone knew how big and tough he was,
and that was just the way Mike liked it.”

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“He first noticed something strange after the big game against the East Valley Hares. Jasper was about to help himself to a victory snack . . . when he heard it.
The soft . . . sinister . . .
tunktunktunk of carrots creeping.”
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“That night, as he was brushing his teeth . . . there they were!
Jasper whipped around . . . but nothing. He laughed at himself,
picked his toothbrush off the floor, and went to bed . . . quickly.”

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“Jasper hatched a plan. First thing on Saturday, he grabbed supplies
and headed to Crackenhopper Field.”

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BIG MEAN MIKE. Text copyright © 2012 by Michelle Knudsen. Illustrations copyright © 2012 by Scott Magoon. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

CREEPY CARROTS! Text copyright © 2012 by Aaron Reynolds. Illustrations copyright © 2012 by Peter Brown. Published by Simon & Schuster, New York. Spreads reproduced by permission of the publisher.

3 comments to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Morning, Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Peter Brown and Scott Magoon”

  1. Fun images from two of my favs. thanks for sharing.

  2. I’m loving the twilight zone lighting of Peter Brown’s illos!

  3. Magoon + Brown + Bunnies = Outstanding!!!

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