The first Sunday of the month is upon us once again (the last 2012 one, at that — GASP), which means I normally feature the work of a student or debut illustrator. I had the latter lined up for today, but it didn’t quite work out in time. This author/illustrator will, most likely, visit next week instead, which is all good and a-okay and all that. I’m easy like Sunday morning (as I told her — and you’re welcome for that Commodores song now on your brain radio).
Know what I have for you today? I’ll be ever-so brief:
Remember when Susan Sorrell Hill visited back in September? Soon after that visit, she created a Mad Tea Party image, which I’ll be posting some time soon in one of the headers of a 7-Imp page. (It’s here at her Etsy shop, if anyone is interested, by chance.)
And look, Little Willow, it’s another brunette Alice!
And that’s it. See? I can actually be pithy sometimes.
Image here reproduced with permission of Susan Sorrell Hill.
Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.
2) As I’m typing, I’m listening to this, which includes Chris Thile’s wonderful voice and Andrew Bird and The Shins and Rufus and Paul McCartney and a really gorgeous rendition of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” by The Civil Wars and much, much more. Between this CD and this little guy, which I ordered from Alkelda Dolls …
…I’m warming up to the holidays.
3) The girls and I just now—between kicks 2 and 3—had to stop and dance around to “Sleigh Ride.” The seven-year-old seems to come naturally to jazz hands. It’s slightly alarming her abundant use of them. Also, I just did a somersault and re-discovered the fact that I’m 40. The girls found this HYSTERICAL.
4) I haven’t yet watched all of this interview by Ann Patchett with J.K. Rowling, but I did catch the moment right around minute 5:15, where Ann gets a bit verklempt and thanks Rowling for what her series has done for children and books and reading and bookstores and such.
5) Really good food and drinks and actual Nashville honky tonk in the company of good friends on Friday night.
6) Thoughtful surprises in the mail from my thoughtful friends.
Did you all see the New York Times’ Notable Children’s Books of 2012? (There’s a certain book about dragons and tacos on that list, which makes me happy to see. Hear! Hear! to funny books getting such, er, notable attention!)
It’s time this year for Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s Joe and Shirl Scholarships, which “connects kids in unique familial situations and with limited means to art education at the Worcester Art Museum” in Massachusetts. Here’s all the info you need, if you’re interested in bidding.
What are YOUR kicks this week? Are you still in shock that this post is so short (for me)?