7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #365: Featuring Bob Shea

h1 January 12th, 2014 by jules

Early sketch

Final spread: “Each bunny had one cupcake. Buddy had five. There were four cupcakes left. Buddy ate them. ‘Ugh, I’m so full. Would you bunnies mind if
I ate you tomorrow?’ ‘Nice meeting you, Buddy!’ said the bunnies.”

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I know, I know. Bob Shea visited 7-Imp back in June and shared some art from the very wonderful Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great, and he even gave me and my Imp readers a sneak peek at the book I’m talking about today, which is called Buddy and the Bunnies In: Don’t Play With Your Food! But since I like Buddy and the Bunnies a lot, since it’s finally out, and since I like Bob’s smart books, I’m posting some more. Oh, and I wrote a review of it for BookPage and have to follow that up with some art or it just won’t be the same.

So, here’s the BookPage review, for those who are inclined to read it.

And below are some sketches and final art from Bob. I thank him for sharing. I love seeing these sketches (in particular): It’s the evolution of a monster!



Early Sketches


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Some Final Spreads from the Book
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“‘What kind of monster do you think I am?’ said Buddy. ‘Cupcakes first. Bunnies for dessert.’ They played hide-and-seek while the cupcakes baked in the oven. DING!
‘Be careful, Buddy. The pan is very hot.'”

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“‘This is way more fun than a cramp!’ said Buddy. ‘If you bunnies are half as delicious as you are nice, I am in for a treat.’ Buddy and the bunnies laughed
and splashed all afternoon.”

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“Swimming under the hot sun tuckered everyone out. Buddy and the bunnies took a nap in the tall, cool grass. When Buddy woke up, he thought, I really should eat them, but I hate to wake them. They look so cute when they’re napping. Buddy patted the bunnies’ heads and whispered, ‘I promise to eat you tomorrow.’
Then he tiptoed away.”

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“They played all the games and rode all the rides. The bunnies liked the spinny, whippy rides the best. Not Buddy. ‘Bad news, bunnies. I don’t feel so good.
I don’t think I’ll be able to eat you today. …’ ‘We know, Buddy. See you tomorrow!'”

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Final endpages
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BUDDY AND THE BUNNIES IN: DON’T PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD! Copyright © 2014 by Bob Shea. Published by Disney-Hyperion, New York. All images reproduced by permission of Bob Shea.

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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.

* * * Jules’ Kicks * * *

1) This has made the rounds a lot this week, but for those of you who haven’t yet seen it, feast your eyes upon children’s book authors reading bad reviews of their books, for which we have Marc Tyler Nobleman to thank. Funny stuff.

2) As I was typing kicks just now, my nine-year-old inadvertently knocked out a very stubborn loose tooth from the 8-year-old’s mouth. This thing was causing much drama and was just taunting everyone, but one swift pretend ninja kick—yes, they were playing ninjas—and it’s out. No tears. BAM.

3) This article really made me think.

4) Go here and scroll down to the bathroom image. My birthday’s in May. It’s JUST enough time for someone to save up and renovate my tub in this manner.

5) I saw Her yesterday. I liked it. I’m still thinking about it, and I like crunchy movies like that.

6) Hey, looky! Our upcoming book made a BookPage most-anticipated list!

7) I mentioned recently that I’m looking forward to new CDs from Nick Waterhouse and Lost in the Trees. People are leaking songs! See?

I don’t know if those links will work. They’re being fickle.

Anyway, I love that tune (especially the guitar) from Lost in the Trees. They’ve ditched (at least for now?) their strings and are experimenting with a new sound.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

16 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #365: Featuring Bob Shea”

  1. Good morning, Imps! How goes the New Year thus far? who are you rooting for at the Golden Globes tonight? Tatiana Maslany from Orphan Black is nominated for Best Actress for her work in Orphan Black. Here’s my gentle nudge for y’all to watch that show, if you haven’t yet. 🙂

    Hello to Bob & Buddy & the bunnies! They look very happy.

    🙂 Jules’ ninjas: Hiya! Also, hi-YAH! Wowza to the literal kick.

    Jules: I like the sound of HER, and I’d like to see it. Congrats on the BookPage listing! Yay! Get someone on HGTV to tend to your tub.

    My kicks for the past week include:
    1) Rehearsals
    2) Consideration
    3) Mentoring
    4) Auditions
    5) Reunions
    6) Soup, glorious soup!
    7) Revising

  2. Late greeting: Happy New Year, everyone!

    Kicks: I spent three weeks in the countryside with my family and now I’m back in the city with my friends. Life is good. 🙂

  3. P.S. I love bunnies!!!

  4. Hi kickers! Love the bunnies and Buddy. They made me smile.
    Jules, I want to see Her. It seems quirky and I love quirky movies. Love those Ninja girls.
    LW, I plan to watch the Golden Globes. And yes to soup.
    Hi Tarie!
    My kicks:
    1. Stormy weather complete w/ winds!
    2. Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and Mr. Tiger Goes wild arrived for the library.
    3. A Saturday night Facebook conversation about library cataloging w/ a friend.
    4. Library nerdiness.
    5. Being back at school.
    6. Four sixth graders stopped by on Friday to see us.
    7. Routines.
    Have a great week.

  5. Little Willow: I may miss the awards, due to a book club meeting, but I’ll catch what I can, ’cause … well, TINA AND AMY! … what kind of soup did you have?

    Hi, Tarie!

    Jone, I send you wishes for a good semester, and it sounds like it’s starting off well, especially if former students come to visit you. Love Mr. Tiger. Will be surprised if it doesn’t get a Caldecott nod of some sort at the end of this month.

  6. Hi Tarie!

    Jone: Enjoy school & books & visits.

    Jules: I had vegetable soup last week. I’m having mushroom soup today. Both vegetarian.

  7. Little Willow: I had this at some friends’ house last year, and it was deliciable (as my oldest used to say when she was younger): http://www.grouprecipes.com/133110/curried-eggplant-sweet-potato-curry-soup-stew.html. I haven’t made it myself yet, though I want to try to soon.

  8. Hello Imps!

    Jules – Don’t every worry about too much Bob Shea. Too much is never enough.
    Lost in Trees – yes!
    LW – I am rooting for Tina and Amy. Girls also premiers tonight so, we might be watching that and Downton.
    tarie – Happy New Year to you. I hope all is well with you and yours.
    Jone – #4 Y E S ! all the time

    I didn’t have a word in mind for this new year last week but the one that has bubbled to the surface is “community”.


    1. Basketball and Ballet, two things I wasn’t graceful enough to do well as a kid, but somehow my kids are naturals.
    2. The New England Patriots!
    3. The Everly Brothers
    4. Adventures planned for 2014
    5. Out to dinner with real, human grown-ups.
    6. Temps in the 40s.
    7. Finished, The Goldfinch. Loved it. Here’s a link to a drawing that I made inspired by the book and the painting. http://moiraswiatkowski.com/2014/01/06/freebird/

    Happy Week all! I’m glad you’re a part of my community.

  9. Ooh, Tartt’s book sounds intriguing, Moira. And thanks, as always, for sharing your drawing.

    Will any of your 2014 adventures bring you to Tennessee?!

  10. Good idea, Jules. It might take me a while to come up with a good excuse to go to Nashville. I have only been to Tennessee once, Memphis.

  11. Jules, that soup sounds yummy. Moira, hear, hear to my number 4 kick.

  12. Moira: That is lovely! Thanks for sharing.

    Jules: Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’m having some more vegetable soup now.

  13. I am tickled by this art and book, but can’t see it too well as I’m checking in on my iPhone.
    Loved the kicks, etc. good to know all are well. Will enjoy all the links later this week.
    My kicks are a beautiful burial and later memorial service for my very loved uncle who passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly last Sunday.
    I am reading When the Butterflies Came by Kimberly Griffiths Little, a ya novel. Intrigued, a little annoyed by the present tense narration. Would love to know if anyone else has read it and what you thought.
    Happy week all.

  14. Allison, again, my condolences to you and your family.

    I, for one, haven’t read that book.

  15. We have this book right now from the library, and it’s become a nightly read. So clever!

  16. […] years back, but I don’t really count that as really meeting the guy. I think every single one of Bob Shea’s tweets have managed to make me laugh. His books feel like books I would write if/when I eventually […]

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