What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Floyd Cooper

h1 November 14th, 2014 by jules


“… With every bend, I hope. / With every plié, / every turn, /
every grand jeté, I hope. …”

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This morning over at Kirkus, I write about
Russell Hoban’s Jim’s Lion. It’s been re-imagined as a graphic novel with the illustrations of Alexis Deacon. That link is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Kristy Dempsey’s A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream, illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Today, I’ve got some spreads from the book.

Enjoy.


“Stars hardly shine in the New York City sky, / with the factories spilling out / pillars of smoke / and streetlights spreading / bright halos round their pin-top faces. …”
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“Mama says wishing on stars is a waste anyhow, / says you don’t need
stars in the sky / to make your dreams come true. / Hope can pick your dream up,
she says, / off the floor of your heart, / when you think it can’t happen, / no how,
no way, / though unlike wishing / Mama says / hoping / is hard work. …”

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“In my heart I’m the one leaping / across that stage, / raising myself high on those shoulders, / then falling / slowly / slowly / slowly / to the arms below. …”
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A DANCE LIKE STARLIGHT: ONE BALLERINA’S DREAM. Copyright © 2014 by Kristy Dempsey. Illustrations © 2014 by Floyd Cooper. Published by Philomel, New York. Illustrations used by permission of the publisher.





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

  1. A DANCE LIKE STARLIGHT: ONE BALLERINA’S DREAM looks AWESOME.
    Dream! Dance! Believe! LIVE!


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