What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Benji Davies

h1 September 26th, 2014 by jules

This morning over at Kirkus, I write about Bob Shea’s Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads, illustrated by Lane Smith. That link is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Benji Davies’ The Storm Whale, first published in the UK last year but released here this month by Henry Holt. I’m following up with art today, and since I love these illustrations so much, I asked Benji if he’d like to do a 7-Imp “breakfast” interview. He said yes, so I hope to post that in the next couple of months.

Enjoy the art …

“Noi lived with his dad and six cats by the sea.”
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“Noi knew it was the right thing to do, but it was hard to say good-bye.
He was glad his dad was there with him.”

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THE STORM WHALE. Copyright © 2013 by Benji Davies. First American Edition copyright © 2014. Illustration reproduced by permission of the publisher, Henry Holt and Company, New York.

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

  1. What sweet illustrations! Love Noah at the breakfast table. There’s a kitty there :).

  2. Somehow I have seen bits and pieces of this book for a while now. (I think) And it’s always caught my eye. Looks really great. Plus I am a sucker for a picture book about a whale(s), so I think it is time for a purchase!

  3. In a way, this book reminds me of Mole and the Baby Bird that my kids and I adored, which is also about a kid (a little mole) who helps an animal in trouble. And then letting go becomes so hard. But what I really wanted to say was actually said so well by Matthew Cordell.

  4. 🙂 I don’t know Mole and Baby Bird, Yifat. Will have to look it up now!

  5. […] But he said they must take the whale back to the sea, where it belonged.”– From The Storm Whale (Henry Holt, September 2014)(Click to […]

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