What I’m Up To at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Geneviève Côté and David A. Johnson

h1 June 7th, 2013 by jules

“And, today, she is nervous about her first day of school.”

“When everyone’s watching, I hide. I hide like the cat alongside the big chair.
I scrunch myself down and pretend I’m not there. When everyone’s watching, I hide.”

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Today over at Kirkus, I write about why I’m reading a lot of picture books this summer. (Well, more than I normally do.) That link is here.

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Last week, I wrote about two shy children in two new picture books, Heather Hartt-Sussman’s Noni Is Nervous (Tundra Books, to be released in July), illustrated by Geneviève Côté (who visited 7-Imp back in 2011), as well as Eileen Spinelli’s When No One Is Watching (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, February 2013), illustrated by David A. Johnson.

Today, I have art from both books, as well as some sketches from Geneviève. David also shares some images (very bottom of the post) from a recent project, called King John. (I believe it’s from A.A. Milne’s “King John’s Christmas.”)


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Sketches and thumbnails

“When the bus pulls up, Noni is nervous. In the school yard, Noni is nervous.”

“The next day, when she gets on the bus, Noni sits beside a girl from her class. ‘I’m Noni,’ she says nervously. ‘I’m Briar,’ says the girl. Briar is what Mama calls outgoing. And before you know it, she is introducing Noni to
Abigail and Kasey, Xavier and Brooke.”


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“When everyone’s watching, I pass. I pass the b-ball to my classmate Tamar. Tamar makes the basket — she’s always the star. When everyone’s watching, I pass.”
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“When everyone’s watching, I hum. I hum to myself and I drum on my knee. I wish I could buzz off like some bumblebee. When everyone’s watching, I hum.”
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“When no one is watching, I sing. I sing like a bird and I swing to the sky. Who’d think that a tire could take me so high? When no one is watching, I sing.”
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“Together Loretta and I are cozy and comfy. We’re no longer shy. We splash in the summer and read in the fall. Together we don’t care who’s watching at all.”
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NONI IS NERVOUS. Text copyright © 2013 by Heather Hartt-Sussman. Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Geneviève Côté. Published by Tundra Books, Toronto. Art and sketches reproduced by permission of Geneviève Côté.

WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING. Text copyright © 2013 by Eileen Spinelli. Illustrations copyright © 2013 by David A. Johnson. Published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Michigan. Art reproduced by permission of David A. Johnson.

4 comments to “What I’m Up To at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Geneviève Côté and David A. Johnson”

  1. Cool. Interesting books, both of them. Thanks.

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  4. […] friend,at ALA in January, celebrating our book.”   Barbara: “This is my partner David Johnson’s mom when she was a children’s librarian at the New Canaan Public Library in New Canaan, […]

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