Squeak. Grunt. Stumble. That’s how I feel my words are today, since I took a sort of holiday blog break there, didn’t I? (That is, with the exception of my ginormously nerdy 2012 recap, but I think those are fun.)
But here I am, and fortunately today I don’t have to compose that many words, since this is a follow-up post to last week’s Kirkus column. It was over there last Friday that I wrote about the good thing that happened when author Neil Gaiman and author/illustrator Adam Rex collaborated. I’m talking specifically about Chu’s Day, released by HarperCollins in early January. Chu is pictured right, mid-sneeze. I know what you’re thinking: THE PRECIOUS. Yes, he appears adorable. But no, my dear imps, keep outta the way of that boy’s sneeze, I tell you. (As a reminder, we got a sneak-peek of this book back in July of 2012.)
I also weighed in on debut author (and editor) Jesse Klausmeier’s Open This Little Book, illustrated by Suzy Lee and released by Chronicle. (An illustration from it is pictured at the tippy-top of this post.) That column is here, if you missed it last week and are so inclined to read.
Today, I’m here to share art, since I start to get twitchy if I don’t get to showcase picture book art from the books about which I write.
Also, there are two special treats today: Adam shares early sketches from Chu’s Day, and for Open This Little Book … well, you’ll see the treat below.
“There was a lot of pepper in the air. …
‘Are you going to sneeze?’ asked his father.”
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And some of Adam’s early sketches from the book:
Here are some images from Open This Little Book. First up, I’m very grateful for this image …
… given that in my Kirkus column last week, I sort of struggled to describe how there are books nested within books in this picture book. Voilà. Disregard my rambling, and just check out the image.
Here are some more:
So, here’s the Open This Little Book treat …
These are what you could call the book’s “original” illustrations. Author Jesse Klausmeier made these for the book when she first came up with the idea — at age five. That’s right. I said age five.
Say it with me now: Awwwwww. Freakin’ aw! I love it. Here they are:
CHU’S DAY. Copyright © 2013 by Neil Gaiman. Illustrations © 2013 by Adam Rex. Published by HarperCollins, New York. All images reproduced by permission of both the publisher and Adam Rex.
OPEN THIS LITTLE BOOK. Copyright © 2013 by Jesse Klausmeier. Illustrations © 2013 by Suzy Lee. Published by Chronicle, San Francisco. All images reproduced by permission of the publisher.