What I Did at Kirkus Last Week,
Featuring Jeffrey Ebbeler and Chris Raschka

h1 April 11th, 2013 by jules

I admit: Sometimes I wish I were the type of blogger who just posted art from books and then stepped away. Didn’t say a word. I always like to let the art speak for itself anyway.

But I figure that would make me a Lazy Pants; I at least gotta say something about the books I’m featuring. I owe people at least a word or two and my thoughts on the books.

Today, though … well, I’m featuring some illustrations from two books I wrote about at Kirkus last week. So, my thoughts about the books—Chris Raschka’s Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle (Schwartz & Wade, April 2013) and Kashmira Sheth’s Tiger In My Soup (Peachtree, April 2013), illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler—are already there (here for Raschka’s book and here for Tiger in My Soup). Today, I really am letting the art speak for itself.



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“Today, my big sister is in charge of the house, the lunch, and me.”
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“I hold up my book. ‘Will you read to me?’ I ask. ‘Not now,’ she says.”
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“I look at the pictures by myself … downside up and upside down, front to back and back to front, with my eyes open and with my eyes closed.
But it’s no fun doing it by myself.”

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“I stir my soup. Something steamy puffs up. A tiger! There’s a tiger in my soup!”
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“I drop my spoon. I glance over at my sister. ‘Help!’ “Grrrrr,’ my sister grumbles. She hands me a clean spoon. The tiger looks really mad.”
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“‘Hide!’ I yell. ‘It’s a big, hungry tiger!’
‘Okay,’ my sister sighs. ‘Where’s your book?”

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EVERYONE CAN LEARN TO RIDE A BICYCLE. Copyright © 2013 by Chris Raschka. Published by Schwartz & Wade Books, New York. Illustrations reproduced with permission of the publisher.

TIGER IN MY SOUP. Copyright © 2013 by Kashmira Sheth. Illustrations © 2013 by Jeffrey Ebbeler. Published by Peachtree, Atlanta. Illustrations reproduced with permission of the publisher.

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