What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Chris Gall,
Carter Goodrich, Christian Robinson, & Marc Rosenthal

h1 June 27th, 2014 by jules


– From Carter Goodrich’s Mister Bud Wears the Cone


 


– Early art from Kelly DiPucchio’s Gaston,
illustrated by Christian Robinson


 


– From Kathi Appelt’s Mogie: The Heart of the House,
illustrated by Marc Rosenthal


 


– From Chris Gall’s Dog vs. Cat


 

This morning over at Kirkus, I’m doing things very by the book. This involves Bob Staake’s My Pet Book, Rilla Alexander’s The Best Book in the World, and Jen Bryant’s The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus, illustrated by Melissa Sweet. That link is here.

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Last week (here) was all about the dogs of summer. I’m following up with art today.

Enjoy.

 

Christian Robinson’s Early Exploration Art
from Kelly DiPucchio’s Gaston (Atheneum, June 2014)



 





Cover tests


 




Laying out the story
(Click each to enlarge)


 








Gaston sketches and design work; Final painting is how it appears in the book:
“Mrs. Poodle thought so too. The puppies grew (as puppies do). Three were no bigger than teacups. The fourth, however, continued to grow. And grow.
Until he was the size of a
teapot.”


 


Another final image: “And they were taught to walk with grace. Never race!
Tip. Toe. Tippy-toe. WHOA!”


 






Mrs. Poodle and pups — color tests, sketches, and design work


 


Final painting for title page spread


 


Another final illustration: “‘Oui, Oui,‘ Mrs. Poodle agreed sadly. ‘Whatever shall we do?’ Mrs. Bulldog could not come up with an answer. ‘I guess we’ll let them decide,’
she replied at last.”


 



Gaston in Christian’s studio


Early Sketches and Final Art from Marc Rosenthal
from Kathi Appelt’s Mogie: The Heart of the House (Atheneum, June 2014)



 



Early sketches
(Click each to enlarge)


“Three puppies signed up for Search-and-Rescue.”


 


“Four puppies were groomed for the show ring.”


 


“When he walked through the doors of the very special house, he did not notice the high-to-the-sky ceilings and large, cushy sofas. He could care less about the well-stocked library and the big, big kitchen. He barely sniffed the indoor tree house and the enormous fireplace. He completely ignored the rules. Instead Mogie
made a beeline for … Gage. ‘Arf!’ he barked.”

(Click to enlarge)


 



 

Art from Carter Goodrich’s
Mister Bud Wears the Cone
(Simon & Schuster, June 2014)



 



(Click either image to see spread in its entirety)


 



(Click either image to see spread in its entirety)


 


(Click to see entire spread)


 



 

Art from Chris Gall’s Dog vs. Cat
(Little, Brown, May 2014)



 



“But neither Dog nor Cat was satisfied. One of them had to go!”
(Click to enlarge)


 





 

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DOG VS. CAT. Copyright © 2014 by Chris Gall. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Little, Brown, New York.

GASTON. Copyright © 2014 by Kelly DiPucchio. Illustrations © 2014 by Christian Robinson. All images reproduced by permission of Christian Robinson.

MISTER BUD WEARS THE CONE. Copyright © 2014 by Carter Goodrich. All images reproduced by permission of the publisher, Simon & Schuster, New York.

MOGIE: THE HEART OF THE HOUSE. Copyright © 2014 by Kathi Appelt. Illustrations © 2014 by Marc Rosenthal. All images reproduced by permission of Marc Rosenthal.

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4 comments to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Chris Gall,
Carter Goodrich, Christian Robinson, & Marc Rosenthal”

  1. I love seeing all of the sketch and development work. Love me some funny looking dogs!!!


  2. SUCH a fun post! I see I have books to look for. And I reallyreally want that Roget book, even though it’s not officially in this here post.


  3. Having just spent $800 at the emergency vet (for what turned out to be a tick), I can tell you a cone does not work on a dog with short legs. Every time Paco tried to sniff the ground he got stuck. LOVE Mr. Bud. Poor Mr. Bud. Say Hello to Zorro is one of my all time favorite dog PBs.


  4. Great post! Love all the details re: Gaston & Mogie!


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