What I’m Up To at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Meilo So

h1 June 28th, 2013 by jules


“In the Inner Hall, Daozi painted five dragons whose scaly armor moved in flight.
In temples throughout the city, waterfalls spilled from his imagined mountainsides.
‘Aaaaaah,’ someone cried. ‘This man is no ordinary painter.
He holds the brush of the gods!'”

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This morning over at Kirkus, I feature a French picture book import from Enchanted Lion Books, Charlotte Moundlic’s The Bathing Costume, illustrated by Olivier Tallec. That link is here today.

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Last week, I wrote here about the beautiful Brush of the Gods, written by Lenore Look and illustrated by Meilo So. Today I have some spreads from the book. Enjoy.


“‘I can chirp along with his crickets,’ marveled another. ‘Chirp chirp!‘ The children followed Daozi everywhere. Tattered and shoeless, they formed a hedge around their friend. As long as he painted, they forgot their hunger.”
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“At last, the royal unveiling ceremony began.
An orchestra of seven hundred instruments played.”

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“When the drapery was pulled away, mountains pierced holes into the sky.
Bamboo swayed. Birds flew. Horses galloped in the distance. There were nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine things to behold. The painting was as brilliant as fresh-fallen snow. The crowd fell silent. The emperor bowed. The moon wept. Drenched in the moon’s silver tears, the master painter added a shimmering archway and cried out in a loud voice, ‘It is Paradise! Follow me!'”

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BRUSH OF THE GODS. Copyright © 2013 by Lenore Look. Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Meilo So. Published by Schwartz & Wade Books, New York. Spreads used with permission of the publisher.

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2 comments to “What I’m Up To at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Meilo So”

  1. beautiful – thanks for putting these up while you are at the ALA.


  2. Love waking up to all those strong colors and sinuous lines! Thanks for sharing them.


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