What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Chris Case and Isabelle Malenfant

h1 March 7th, 2014 by jules


“‘Ms. Wilson,’ Jacob said proudly, “I’m the princess.'”
— From
Jacob’s New Dress


— From Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress


 

This morning over at Kirkus, I write about Mac Barnett’s newest picture book, President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen — and why I think it might be great for your Information Literacy 101 lesson with elementary students. (I’m talkin’ to you, school librarians.) That link is here.

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Last week, I wrote about two brand-new picture books that are about so-called gender-nonconforming boys — Christine Baldacchino’s Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant (Groundwood Books, May 2014), and Sarah and Ian Hoffman’s Jacob’s New Dress, illustrated by Chris Case (Albert Whitman & Company, March 2014). That link was here, and today I’ve got a bit of art from each book.

Enjoy.


 

From Morris Micklewhite


 



(Click either image to see spreads in it entirety)


“Sometimes the boys make fun of Morris. Sometimes the girls do, too.
Morris pretends he can’t hear their words over the swish, swish, swish, swishes, crinkle, crinkle, crinkles, and click, click, clicks he makes when he walks.
Morris pretends he can’t hear their words, but he can.”

(Click to enlarge)



 

From Jacob’s New Dress:


 


“The next morning, Jacob stood on the stairs wrapped in a giant bath towel.
‘What are you wearing?’ asked Mom. ‘It’s like a dress, but I can get it dirty,’
Jacob said, pointing to the towel. ‘I made it!’
Dad frowned. ‘You can’t go to school like that.'”

(Click to enlarge and see full spread and text)


“Mom?’ whispered Jacob. ‘Can you help me make a real dress?’ Mom didn’t answer. The longer she didn’t answer, the less Jacob could breathe.”
(Click to enlarge and see full spread and text)

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JACOB’S NEW DRESS. Copyright © 2014 by Sarah and Ian Hoffman. Illustrations © 2014 by Chris Case. Published by Albert Whitman & Company, Illinois. All images here reproduced by permission of the publisher.

MORRIS MICKLEWHITE AND THE TANGERINE DRESS. Copyright © 2014 by Christine Baldacchino. Illustrations © 2014 by Isabelle Malenfant. Published by Groundwood Books, Ontario. All images here reproduced by permission of the publisher.

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2 comments to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Chris Case and Isabelle Malenfant”

  1. Fly-by posting! Filmed all day today, will be filming all day tomorrow, so will not be online. I am bursting with happiness because this week was filled with kicks, and I hope you can all claim the same. Happy March, y’all. We’re making it awesome.


  2. LW: I moved your comment to the kicks post, FYI!


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