What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Morning,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Klaas Verplancke

h1 September 28th, 2012 by jules



Early sketch and final spread from Klaas Verplancke’s Applesauce
(Click to enlarge second image)


 

This morning over at Kirkus, I write about Esmé Raji Codell’s Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John “Appleseed” Chapman, illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins. That link will be here.

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Last week, I wrote about Klaas Verplancke’s Applesauce, a 2010 Belgian import published here in the States by Groundwood Books this past July. That link is here.

This morning, I’ve got some spreads from the book, and Klaas also generously shares some early ballpoint-pen sketches. The first three images are character studies based on a self-portrait drawn by Klaas’s son Pieterjan, pictured here, whose questions were the inspiration for the book.



 

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Final art: Click on second image to spread in its entirety


Final art: “A thunder daddy is no fun. Stupid Daddy, I think.”
(Click to enlarge spread)


Final art: “But then suddenly it’s quiet. I smell applesauce.”
(Click to enlarge spread)


 

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Early sketches:














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APPLESAUCE. English translation copyright © 2012 by Helen Mixter. Published in 2012 by Groundwood Books, Toronto. Final spreads reproduced by permission of the publisher. Sketches reproduced by permission of Klaas Verplancke.

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7 comments to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Morning,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Klaas Verplancke”

  1. More Applesauce news and a very cute animated book trailer here: http://www.klaas.be/Blog/Bericht.aspx?id=479


  2. I LOVE that he admits that he sometimes thinks Daddy is stupid. In the world of eternal sweetness of picture books – or at least that’s what some people think of them – that’s a nice bracing piece of REAL.


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  4. Love the forest, the darkness/transformation of Daddy, and the magic of the applesauce. Beautiful snuggle picture at the end. It’s amazing to see the transformation of the sketches to the final works, too.


  5. Great art. Love the sketches and the finals.


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