What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Christiane Krömer

h1 January 10th, 2014 by jules

“Basant is the most exciting day of the year! With feasts and music and parties,
people celebrate the arrival of spring. And many will make their way to the rooftops of Lahore to test their skills in kite-flying battles.”

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Poetry. Poetry. Poetry. That’s my focus (along with picture books, as always) over at Kirkus this morning. That link is here.

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Last week, I wrote about Rukhsana Khan’s King for a Day (Lee & Low, 2013), illustrated by Christiane Krömer. That link is here, and today I follow up with some of the beautiful collages from the book (one above and a couple more below).

Enjoy. (Did I mention they’re beautiful? You gotta click-to-embiggen these spreads and take in the details. I’m countin’ on you.)

“I’m up early. My brother and sister arrive, still rubbing sleep from their eyes.
My brother asks, ‘Malik, is that all you made?’ My sister says, ‘How can you be
king of Basant with only one kite?’ ‘It’s called Falcon.
Insha Allah,
it will be fast enough.’ I send my brother many blocks downwind
so he can catch the kites I will set free.”

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“There’s the bully next door. Ha! It’s time to make him pay for hitting me and throwing stones at my sister. I’ll get back at him with Falcon. The bully shouts at us,
calling my sister a bad name. My sister yells right back, but when she turns around,
I can see she is hurt inside.”

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KING FOR A DAY. Copyright © 2013 by Rukhsana Khan. Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Christiane Krömer. Published by Lee & Low Books, New York. Spreads reproduced by permission of the publisher.

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