What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Matt Phelan

h1 July 18th, 2014 by jules


Anyone else remember Loretta Mason Potts, written by Mary Chase and originally published in 1958? That’s (mostly) the subject of my Kirkus column today, as the book was just reissued by The New York Review Children’s Collection. That link is here.

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Last week, I chatted (here) with author-illustrator Matt Phelan about his 2014 projects, Burleigh Mutén’s Miss Emily (Candlewick), released back in March, and his own picture book, Druthers (also from Candlewick), coming in September. (Pictured above is an early sketch from Druthers.)

Today, we’ll look at a bit of art from each book, as well as some sketches from Matt. I thank him for sharing.

Enjoy.



 

Early sketches from Burleigh Mutén’s Miss Emily


 










 

Final art from Burleigh Mutén’s Miss Emily


 


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“Till the ribbon made her into a Maypole.”
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Early sketches from Matt’s Druthers


 





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Final art from Druthers


 


“If I had my druthers …”
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“I would be a pirate captain.”
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DRUTHERS. Copyright © 2014 by Matt Phelan. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

MISS EMILY. Text copyright © 2014 by Burleigh Muten. Illustrations copyright © 2014 by Matt Phelan. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

All sketches posted with permission of Matt Phelan.

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

  1. […] “I signed on to illustrate Marilyn’s Monster in 2012 but still had to complete Bluffton, Miss Emily, and Druthers before officially working on the book. The lead time was spent filling this sketch […]


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