Last week at Kirkus, I chatted here with author Judith Viorst about her very funny new chapter book for children, Lulu Walks the Dogs, the follow-up to Lulu and the Brontosaurus (the illustration above comes from the latter), both released by Atheneum/Simon & Schuster. We also discussed the enduring popularity of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and and her upcoming visit to Nashville’s Southern Festival of Books in October. In a few weeks, I’ll have the opportunity to meet Judith and introduce her at the Festival, so I’m looking forward to that.
This morning, I follow up here at 7-Imp with some art and sketches from the great Lane Smith, who illustrated both Lulu books. At the Q&A, here’s what Judith had to say about Lane:
I would like to talk worshipfully about Lane Smith, whose illustrations for the two Lulu books are beyond perfect. The girl leaps off the page in all her peevishness and outrageousness; the dinosaur is a model of elegant dignity; and the impossibly goody-good Fleischman and the three dogs in the second Lulu just crack me up.
Children’s book writers sometimes wish that they knew how to draw, so the pictures on the page could look exactly, exactly, how they wished they would look. Lane’s glorious drawings are beyond anything I was even capable of wishing for, and I am awash with gratitude.
opened the door, and introduced herself?)”
He pulled harder, making Lulu bang into a tree.”
she would try her very best to be nicer to him.”
that she was back home in her house, until …”
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And Lulu continued tromping through the forest.”
LULU WALKS THE DOGS. Copyright © 2012 by Judith Viorst. Illustrations copyright © 2012 by Lane Smith. LULU AND THE BRONTOSAURUS. Copyright © 2010 by Judith Viorst. Illustrations copyright © 2010 by Lane Smith. Both books published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, New York. All artwork and sketches used with permission of Lane Smith.