What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Rilla Alexander and Bob Staake

h1 July 4th, 2014 by jules


Back cover character sketches from Bob Staake’s My Pet Book


 


“Read along. Read out loud.”
— From Rilla Alexander’s
The Best Book in the World
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This morning over at Kirkus, since women’s rights (given the news this week) are heavy on my mind, I write about Amrita Das’ Hope is a Girl Selling Fruit, an April release from India’s Tara Books. That link is here.

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Last week, I wrote (here) about Rilla Alexander’s The Best Book in the World! (Flying Eye Books, July 2014) and Bob Staake’s My Pet Book (Random House, July 2014). Now, that column also included Jen Bryant’s The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus, illustrated by Melissa Sweet and coming to bookshelves in September from Eerdmans, but I will have some images (preliminary images, final art, and some words from Melissa) next week.

Today, I have some art from Rilla’s and Bob’s books — and Bob shares some early sketches as well.

Enjoy!



 

From Bob Staake’s My Pet Book
(Random House, July 2014):
Early Pencil Work and Some Final Art



 


Alternate cover sketch


 


Alternate cover sketch: Splitting pet traffic
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Another alternate cover sketch


 


Alternate cover sketch,
based on the Eldredge Library in Chatham, Massachusetts


 


The cover sketch Random House ultimately chose


 


Final revised cover sketch


 


Final dustjacket
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Manuscript with syllable cadence notes


 


Pencil studies for the boy and the maid


 


Opening spread pencil sketch with typography notes
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Final spread (though the text is different)
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Black and white ink art for “Loyal Neighborhood Bookopolis” sign


 



Final spread, though the text is different
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Final spread
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Final spread, though the text is slightly different
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Bob: “This is the ‘awesomeness and glory’ sketch. If you look closely, you can see that I erased the boy sawing off the octopus’ tentacle and
instead showed him tying two of them in a bow.”

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Final spread, though the text is slightly different
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Final spread, though the text is slightly different
(Click either image to see spread in its entirety)


 


Abandoned sketch


 


Pencil sketch for endpaper repeat pattern
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Opening endpapers
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From Rilla Alexander’s
The Best Book in the World!
(Flying Eye Books, July 2014)



 


Title page illustration
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“Through pictures and words.”
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“We’ve people to meet …”
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“We’re almost at the end.”
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MY PET BOOK. Copyright © 2014 by Bob Staake. Published by Random House, New York. All images here reproduced by permission of Bob Staake.

THE BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD! Copyright © 2014 by Rilla Alexander. Published by Flying Eye Books, London. All images here reproduced by permission of Rilla Alexander.

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