What I’m Up to at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Poly Bernatene

h1 December 21st, 2012 by jules

“Cursing loudly, Bradley struggled free of the thorny stems. He had barely caught his breath when six sleek, stripy shapes came bounding toward him out of the snow. …”
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This week at the Kirkus Book Blog Network, I didn’t write about a picture book, as I usually do. I still have last week’s events in Connecticut on my mind, as many of us do, and wrote a bit about that. That link is here today.

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Last week, I wrote about Jonathan Emmett’s The Santa Trap, originally published in Great Britain in 2009 but released this year here in the U.S. by Peachtree. It’s illustrated by Poly Bernatene, who lives in Argentina and teaches at the Buenos Aires School of Fine Art. If you’d like to read about it, that link was here last Friday, and today I share some art from it.


“‘A trap,’ said Mr. Bartleby. ‘A trap for what?’
‘For Santa Claus,’ snarled Bradley. …”

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“…By Christmas Eve their home was so dangerous that Mr. and Mrs. Bartleby
had moved out into a hotel, leaving Bradley alone in the house.”

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THE SANTA TRAP. Copyright © 2009 by Jonathan Emmett. Illustrations copyright © 2009 by Poly Bernatene. First U.S. edition published in 2012 by Peachtree Publishers, Atlanta. Spreads from the book reproduced with permission of the publisher.

4 comments to “What I’m Up to at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Poly Bernatene”

  1. Wow – love the lighting! Might have to get my hands on this one. 🙂

  2. I love your wise words over at Kirkus. And I can never get enough pictures by Poly Bernatene.

  3. Ass-kicking art! Would love to see more of this.

  4. That’s a really good post over at Kirkus, Jules.

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