7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #387: Featuring Kazuno Kohara

h1 June 22nd, 2014 by jules

Have any of you seen Kazuno Kohara’s newest picture book, The Midnight Library (Roaring Brook, June 2014)?

I’m taken with it, and I love to see her linocut illustrations.

I reviewed The Midnight Library here for BookPage. So, if you’d like to read more about the book, you can head over there.

Today I’m following up with some illustrations from the book. The one pictured here to the left is toward the end of the book when the little librarian and her owls head upstairs to read one last book before bedtime.

And below is a bit more art.

Enjoy …


“Once there was a library that opened only at night.
A little librarian worked there with her three assistant owls.”

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“A book of bedtime stories for three sleepy owls. Sleep tight!”
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THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY. Copyright © 2014 by Kazuno Kohara. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Roaring Brook, New York.

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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 * * *

You’ll have to forgive me for not listing seven, separate kicks here, but I’ve got a stack of great books I’m reading (and I’m eager to start this new one from Gregory Maguire), so my one big kick is: Good books. And that, just like the little librarian, I’m going to go get comfy and read.

But do tell me: What are YOUR kicks this week?

11 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #387: Featuring Kazuno Kohara”

  1. Must.have.The.Midnight.Library….owls and libraries? I am in!
    Jules, I love your kick! Great books…that could be me every week.
    My kicks:
    1. My 40th year college reunion.
    2. Completing 40 years of teaching, 35 in my district.
    3. Dancing with abandon.
    4. Listening to a great blues band Friday night.
    5. Accepted into the Darcy Pattison Revision Retreat in January.
    6. Kinders bringing me cards.
    7. Receiving my first poem in the summer poetry swap (posted at Check It Out).
    Have a great week.

  2. Jone, wouldn’t you believe … well, I typed my kicks last night, and then discovered I had left all THREE books I’m reading at the pool yesterday. DOH. I was seriously bummed and just went to sleep. (But sleep, especially these days, is a kick too!)

    40 YEARS OF TEACHING! CONGRATS! Congrats on the revision retreat, too.

  3. Midnight library? Count me in too!

    Jules – hooray for great books! And having the time to read them. That new Gregory Maguire looks so fun!

    Jone – CONGRATS!! I am in awe. What lucky kids!

    My kicks this week:
    1) Last official week at work done, now I’m on vacation all summer til the next gig starts. Have not had a summer off since before law school, not sure I’ll be able to cope. (Just kidding.)
    2) Two fun career milestones happened in last 2 weeks – also fun.
    3) Joint goodby party 2 weeks ago with another coworker. Fun to talk to everyone and celebrate where I got my start, while looking forward to the future.
    4) Kittens I rescued got adopted by a neighbor – hooray!
    5) Work trip to Bend this past weekend. Always a good time, plus Bend is so sunny and beautiful, got to hike with a good friend, & go wine tasting with another good friend.
    6) Finished Season 3 of Game of Thrones. I have a love/hate relationship with that show. Grrr.
    7) My garden. Came home to first zucchini & tomoatoes. This summer I plan on reading in the garden….
    7.5) USA World Cup game today! Go team USA!

    Wishing everyone a sun-kissed happy week!

  4. This book is going on my new order. It looks simply charming, Jules.
    I couldn’t agree more with your wonderful kick. Stacks of books is my heaven on earth.
    Jone: Dancing with abandon is simply the best. Congratulations on your 40 years with children.
    Rachel: How amazing that you have veggies from your garden already. I have a single blossom on a tomato plant.

    My kicks:
    1. Much needed rain
    2. Blooming perennial flowers
    3. Scent of peonies
    4. Good friends
    5. Beautiful wedding yesterday
    6. Watching the sunlight and shadows play across Xena’s sleeping form
    7. Walks with Xena

    Have a wonderful week everyone.

  5. Good afternoon, Imps!

    Here are some great books I enjoyed recently:
    Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
    We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt
    and I’m currently reading We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

    Jules: Thank you again for bringing our attention to THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY. I want a library. I don’t have enough bookshelves for all of my books.

    Jone: Happy teacher-versary and reunion, and yay for dacing with abandon! (Without spoiling the Orphan Black finale, I’ll just say some people totally dance with abandon…!)

    Rachel: Thanks for rescuing the kittens, and thank you for finding the kittens a good home! Enjoy your summer and your summer salads.

    Margie: You have such a love for the outdoors and for loved ones in your kicks!

    My kicks from the past week:
    1) Push
    2) Pulling through
    3) Shows
    4) Showing up
    5) Books
    6) Bookings
    7) What’s next

  6. Rachel, enjoy summer.
    Margie, watching the sunlight and shadows play across Xena is simply wonderful.
    LW, hooray for books and pulling through.

  7. Rachel, whoa, things sound occupationally-exciting in your life. Congrats on a new gig, and it sounds mighty adventurous. So glad you get some time off. … So glad those adorable kittens have a home now. Thanks again for the video.

    Margie: A stack of books is, indeed, one of the best things, and fortunately I got my stack of books back from the Y today! Glad you had a good week.

    Little Willow: Getting ready to watch the Orphan Black finale now. … Congrats on bookings, and I loved We Were Liars.

  8. Oh boy am I glad I had a little time to stop by this week. I LOVE this book. Can’t wait to get a copy.
    Marvelous! Cool! Fun! Did I mention I love it!
    Good to do a quick scan and enjoy a few postings. Glad Everyone is thriving!
    Love the summer reading plans!

    My Kicks:
    1. went to the awesome annual gospel workshop this weekend culminating in a wonderful concert today.
    2. Our Tiny, who is now 16 months, started walking on Friday – she is now officially a toddler!
    3. Our little is over pinkeye!

    Happy Week!
    Hope to see you all soon!

  9. Happy birthday to Your Tiny, Allison!

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