Author/illustrator Lori Nichols isn’t new to 7-Imp (she visited back in 2010), but at this 2013 visit she’s well on her way with an agent and a picture book scheduled to be released in February of next year by Nancy Paulsen Books. I’ve seen this book, called Maple, which Kirkus has already given a starred review. It’s charming, just like Kirkus says, and I hope to cover it here soon at 7-Imp when it hits bookshelves. So, more on that later (but the cover is pictured below).
Today, I’m sharing images which Lori created last Fall and which I really like. Lori is working on some ideas for Nancy Paulsen using some of these characters, but I secured her permission to share a small handful of them today.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
And here’s the cover of Maple:
All images are copyright © 2013 by Lori Nichols and used with her permission.
Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.
1) I get to see Eisha and her boyfriend today.
2) That is worthy of some repetition: I get to see Eisha today!
3) I discovered the novels of Elena Ferrante.
4) I sat down with trepidation to practice piano after about a week away from it, due to holiday busy-ness, and my brain creaked a little (along with my fingers), but I’m not too bad off.
5) I can now play a version of Brahms’s Lullaby. (RUFUS, HERE I COME.)
6) My best Christmas gift was a home-made pop-up book of cats from my girls.
7) I’m reading grant applications today. I’m wrapping up my second year of a two-year term as a member of the ALSC Grant Administration Committee for the American Library Association. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: It’s inspiring to read about what many innovative and enthusiastic librarians across the country are doing.
What are YOUR kicks this week? Also, Happy New Year to all!