What I’m Up To at Kirkus Today,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Nikolai Popov, David Roberts,
Fabricio VandenBroeck,
Ian Wallace, Linda Wolfsgruber,
and a Whole Bunch of Comic Book Artists

h1 October 4th, 2013 by jules

From “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” an English tale; Art by Graham Annable


This morning at Kirkus, I write about an intriguing international import called Laughing Penguins, written by Jesse Goossens and illustrated by Marije Tolman. That link is here.

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Last week, I wrote about a handful of story collections (of one sort or another). That’s here, and this morning I have art from each book. For each one, you’ll see some art, followed by its cover.


“When they got home, the Rat made a bright fire in the parlour, and planted the Mole in an arm-chair in front of it, having fetched down a dressing-gown and slippers for him, and told him river stories till supper-time.”
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“‘There’s Toad Hall,’ said the Rat…”
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“Up and down, the whole length of the hall, strode the four Friends,
whacking with their sticks at every head that showed itself…”

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“And from that day to this the Camel always wears a humph.”

“But the Parsee … packed up his cooking-stove, and went away.”


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“The old camel carried large bundles filled with spices, dates, incense, silk, silver and wool. Before each journey, its owner would make it kneel so he could climb on its back and settle on top of all the bundles. Then the camel would stand and start to walk.”
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“Dreaming there in the cool shade, Halim felt his heart ache with sadness. He saw for the first time how hot and tired the camel was, and he felt, as the camel felt, that they had led a lifetime of pain and loneliness. He lay there and wept in his dream, into his pillow of sand, while the camel cried against the shoulder of the Prophet.”
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From “When Señor Grillo Met Señor Puma,” A Tarahumara tale

From “Mosni’s Search,” a Seri tale

From “Tlacuache’s Tail,” a Huichol tale

From “Ouch!” (a Triqui tale)

From “Pokok Up High,” a Tseltal tale


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From “The Brothers Bacororo and Itubore,” a Bororo myth
(Note: The colors in this illustration are off, brighter than they appear in the book)



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From “Sweet Porridge” from the Brothers Grimm;
Art by Bobby London


From the Brothers Grimm’s “The 12 Dancing Princesses,”
adapted by Emily Carroll

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From the Brothers Grimm’s “Hansel and Gretel” by Gilbert “Beto” Hernández


From Charles Perrault’s “Puss in Boots” by Vanessa Davis


From the Brothers Grimm’s “Little Red Riding Hood” by Gigi D.G.


From “The Prince and the Tortoise,” which is from the 1001 Nights tale, as told by Jean-Charles Mardrus; Art by Ramona Fradon, script by Chris Duffy,
colors by James Campbell, and letters by Jack Morelli


From the Brothers Grimm’s “Snow White” by Xaime


From “The Boy Who Drew Cats,” a Japanese tale, as told by Lafcadio Hearn;
Art by Luke Pearson


From the Brothers Grimm’s “Rumpelstiltskin” by Brett Helquist


From “Rabbit Will Not Help” from the Bre’r Rabbit tale, as told by Dora Lee Newman;
Art by Joseph Lambert

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From the Brothers Grimm’s “Rapunzel” by Raina Telgemeier


From “The Small Tooth Dog,” an English tale, as told by Sidney Oldall Addy;
Art by Charise Mericle Harper

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From “Baby Yaga,” a Russian tale;
Art by Jillian Tamaki

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“Bremen Town” from the Brothers Grimm;
Art by Karl Kerschl


From “Give Me the Shudders” from the Brothers Grimm;
Art by Mazzucchelli

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From “Azzolino’s Story Without End”
from “The King and his Storyteller” by Petrus Alphonsi;
Art by Craig Thompson

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THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. Illustrations copyright © 2012 by David Roberts. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

All other art here is used with permission of the respective publishers.

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