What I’m Up to at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Pamela Zagarenski

h1 November 9th, 2012 by jules

“‘Bears are mighty sleepers. They make a cozy den under the snow and sleep through the winter.’ ‘All winter! That’s too long!’ she said.”
— Detail from
Sleep Like a Tiger

This morning over at the Kirkus Book Blog Network, I write about the newest picture book from Amy Hest, The Reader, illustrated by Lauren Castillo. That link is here.

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Last week, I wrote about Mary Logue’s Sleep Like a Tiger, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, and that link is here.

Today, I’ve got more art from the book from Ms. Zagarenski. I’ll start with a set of sketches that she sent, as well as some final spreads from the book, but Pamela also sent details from her elaborate spreads, what she told me are “some understudies from the book … the back-up crew… I love them just as much.” Pamela added:

I chose to send you mostly enlarged details from the paintings inside — subtle things one might not see, like the four-leaf clover, just for the viewer who finds it, in the paws of the tiger, “gaining his strength” …

Note: Pamela’s website is here, and here is another one of her artistic adventures.

Enjoy the art today.

Early Sketches:

(Click to enlarge)

Some Final Spreads From the Book:

“Once there was a little girl who didn’t want to go to sleep
even though the sun had gone away.”

(Click to enlarge)

“‘Most animals just sleep through the night,’ her parents said, tucking her in. ‘I know an animal that sleeps a lot,’ the little girl told them.
‘What animal is that?’ her parents asked.”

(Click to enlarge)

“‘The tiger in the jungle. When he’s not hunting, he finds some shade, closes his eyes, and sleeps. That way he stays strong.'”
(Click to enlarge)

(Click either image to see spread in its entirety)

Some Details from Final Spreads:

“She told her father, ‘I’m just not sleepy.'”
(Click to enlarge second image)

“‘Tiny snails?’ she asked. ‘They curl up like a cinnamon roll inside their shell.'”

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SLEEP LIKE A TIGER. Copyright © 2012 by Mary Logue. Illustrations copyright © 2012 by Pamela Zagarenski. Published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston. Final spreads here reproduced by permission of the publisher and Pamela Zagarenski. All other images reproduced with permission of Ms. Zagarenski.

14 comments to “What I’m Up to at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Pamela Zagarenski”

  1. amazing…I gotta see this one up close and personal.

  2. Gorgeous!!! Thanks so much for sharing this book today- I love it!!

  3. Dear Bear and Tiger:

    What is this mysterious “sleep” of which you speak, and how may I acquire some? I haven’t any this weekend, so if you could just hibernate FOR me, that would be swell. Win-win situation for all involved.


  4. P.S. Kickin’ Imps, Imps who Kick, I’ll have to catch up on your kicklists on Monday, ’cause I’ll be filming while y’all are posting on Sunday. Hugs to Jules & the usuals. 🙂

  5. Fantastic Artwork! I love to pick this one up so our family can all enjoy!

  6. Oh, I love her work. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. With two sneaky couch-lounging pooches in the house, I particularly love the dog on the couch scene, and the text that goes with it. Thanks, Jules!

  7. Those are some gorgeous spreads! The detail is absolutely amazing. I’ve been interning at an imprint that does picture books and since then I’ve been starting to really appreciate really great illustrations. It’s so inspiring.

  8. Speechless…

  9. Timeless! Destined to be one of those forever books. The rich texture and color make it ageless, yet the style is fresh and contemporary. And very French!

  10. Congratulations Pamela! This is just stunning! You are such an outstanding artist with unending creativity! Whenver I need to smile or feel warm inside all I have to do is look at one of your illustrations!

  11. Love Pamela’s artwork. Thank you, especially, for giving us the ability to see them BIG. Perhaps my favorite part of many of your posts is the look at the studies, sketches, and details, which allow me to share with my first grade students AND with the high school students with whom I also work. Nice! Keep showing the process!

  12. Amazing! Think I’ll have to pick this one up.

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