What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Chris Raschka

h1 May 16th, 2014 by jules

This morning over at Kirkus, I write about two picture books that caught my eye — LeUyen Pham’s A Piece of Cake (Balzer + Bray, May 2014) and Phyllis Rowand’s It Is Night (Greenwillow Books, April 2014), illustrated by Laura Dronzek.

That link is here.

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Last week, I wrote about Chris Raschka’s new picture book biography, The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra: The Sound of Joy Is Enlightening (Candlewick, May 2014). That link is here, and I’m following up with a bit of art today.


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“Sun Ra drew other musicians to him. They played in small groups, medium-size groups, and big groups, with singers or without singers — all kinds of ways. They were like sailors on a boat bound for a new world, a new world of sound. And like all good sailors, they played and danced and sang while their captain, Sun Ra, steered the ship. They called themselves the Arkestra.”
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THE COSMOBIOGRAPHY OF SUN RA: THE SOUND OF JOY IS ENLIGHTENING. Copyright © 2014 by Chris Raschka. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

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One comment to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Chris Raschka”

  1. You had me at Sun Ra!! Beautiful work for a beautiful non-earthling. Lanquidity!

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