What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Douglas Florian and Diane Goode

h1 March 21st, 2014 by jules



“The boogie man is coming. / I can hear him in the night. /
He has chains he likes to rattle / when my mom turns out the light. …”

(Click to enlarge spread)

Above: A poem and drawing from Douglas Florian’s Poem Depot,
followed by a spread from Karma Wilson’s
Outside the Box,
illustrated by Diane Goode

This week at Kirkus, I’ve got two picture books all about moving — Liz Garton Scanlon’s The Good-Pie Party, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton, and Rosemary Wells’s Stella’s Starliner. This is something my family needs to do—move into a slightly bigger space, that is—but it’s so stressful to think about, this ginormous task of schlepping all your stuff from one place to the next, that the subject quickly gets changed every time it comes up.

That’s to say: Moving is not for the faint of heart. In many ways, as these stories tell us.

Also, we don’t often see families who live in trailer homes in picture books, but we do in one of these.

That column is here this morning.

And since my column from last week, a tribute to Uncle Shelby himself, included mention of Douglas Florian’s Poem Depot: Aisles of Smiles (Dial, February 2014), as well as Karma Wilson’s Outside the Box: A Book of Poems (Margaret K. McElderry Books, March 2014), illustrated by Diane Goode, I’ve got some art from each today. (First up is one more spread from Outside the Box, followed by some more poems and drawings from Florian’s book.)

Enjoy.


“I built a robot, / just for me / a friend to keep / me company …”
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POEM DEPOT: AISLES OF SMILES. Copyright © 2014 by Douglas Florian. Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, New York. Images reproduced by permission of Douglas Florian and Dial.

OUTSIDE THE BOX: A BOOK OF POEMS. Copyright © 2014 by Karma Wilson. Illustrations copyright © 2014 by Diane Goode. Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, New York. Images 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 Douglas Florian and Diane Goode”

  1. These all look great.


  2. Love the cover page of POEM DEPOT: AISLES OF SMILES!!


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