What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Michael Emberley

h1 August 29th, 2014 by jules


” … which is exasperating boys like YOU.”
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This morning over at Kirkus, I’m doing something entirely different. I’m chatting with author Kekla Magoon about her upcoming YA novel, How It Went Down. Why is someone who always writes about picture books and illustration doing that? Because the events in Ferguson have weighed heavy on my mind, as they have for many. More about this great novel and my chat with Kekla are here.

Last week I wrote about Barbara Bottner’s Miss Brooks’ Story Nook (where tales are told and ogres are welcome!), published by Random House in August and illustrated by Michael Emberley. That link is here.

Today, I’m following up with some sketches from Emberley and art from the book. Michael tells me he typically does hundreds of sketches for each book. These below are just some. You can click on nearly every sketch below to see it larger and in more detail.

Michael has even more about the book, including more sketches, at this page of his site.

Until Sunday …



 

Sketches


 


















 

Some Final Illustrations


 



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MISS BROOKS’ STORY NOOK (WHERE TALES ARE TOLD AND OGRES ARE WELCOME!). Text copyright © 2014 by Barbara Bottner. Illustrations copyright © 2014 by Michael Emberley. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY. All sketches and art here reproduced by permission of Michael Emberley.

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5 comments to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Michael Emberley”

  1. I have always loved Mr. Emberley’s work–seeing his sketches is such a treat–thanks so much for sharing!


  2. I want to live inside these sketches! of comic genius!! There is such a wildness of spirit Michael captures in his work!T hanks Julie for sharing these


  3. Amazing to see the process. Most people think, Ah anyone could do that. No way. Keep going Mel you’ll make the front page anyday.


  4. […] of different early ideas for Miss Brooks’ Story Nook (Knopf, 2014). See even more sketches in this 2014 7-Imp post.   Pictured below: More sketches for Miss Brooks’ Story Nook, followed by a piece of […]


  5. A master of emotion, energy, and spirit! Next time ask to see some of his portraits – dare to get your socks blown off!


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