What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Dahlov Ipcar,
Ronni Solbert, and Leonard Weisgard

h1 January 16th, 2015 by jules


“The Snowshoe Rabbit, white as white,
Runs over the snow in the bright moonlight …”
— Spread from Margaret Wise Brown’s
The Golden Bunny,
illustrated by Leonard Weisgard

(Click to enlarge)


“On his dream-sea tall ships sail,
And a great black whale meets a great white whale.”
— Spread from Dahlov Ipcar’s
Black and White
(Click to enlarge)

This morning over at Kirkus, I’ve got two good, brand-new nonfiction picture books — Hester Bass’ Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama, illustrated by E. B. Lewis, and Kathleen Benson’s Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews, which includes the paintings of Andrews. That link is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about some picture book reissues, including Dahlov Ipcar’s Black and White, originally published in 1963 with a new edition coming from Flying Eye Books this April; Margaret Wise Brown’s The Golden Bunny, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard and originally released in 1953 (out on shelves again this month, thanks to Golden Books); Jean Merrill’s The Elephant Who Liked to Smash Small Cars (pictured left), illustrated by Ronni Solbert, originally released in 1964, and coming to shelves in March from The New York Children’s Collection; Peter Spier’s The Book of Jonah, originally published in 1985 and coming to shelves again at the end of this month from Doubleday; and Chris Van Allsburg’s Just a Dream, which turns 25 this year. An anniversary edition will be released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in March.

I’ve got art today from three of these books.

Enjoy!


 

From Jean Merrill’s The Elephant Who
Liked to Smash Small Cars
,
illustrated by Ronni Solbert:


 



(Click either image to see spread in its entirety)


 



(Click either image to see spread in its entirety)


 


“One day, a car salesman opened a car store on the road where the elephant lived.
The man had a lot of small cars to sell.”

(Click to enlarge)


 



 

From Margaret Wise Brown’s The Golden Bunny,
illustrated by Leonard Weisgard:


 


Illustration from the story “The Golden Bunny”;
click to enlarge and read text


 



Illustration from the story “Here Comes a Baby”;
click first image to see spread enlarged and in its entirety (and to read the text)


 



 

From Dahlov Ipcar’s Black and White:


 


“The little black dog and the little white dog
Went in their houses and said good night.
They climbed in their beds and they curled up tight.
The night outside grew dark and deep,
And each dreamed a dream when he fell asleep.”

(Click to enlarge)


 


“The little black dog / all curled up tight
Dreamed a dream / of a jungle night.
In the dark jungle / of his dream
Big black elephants / ford a stream.”

(Click to enlarge)


 


“Black-and-white zebras and antelopes graze
Through the long, hot jungle days.”

(Click to enlarge)


 



 

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BLACK AND WHITE. Copyright © 1963 by Dahlov Ipar. First Flying Eye Books edition © 2015 Flying Eye Books. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher.

THE ELEPHANT WHO LIKED TO SMASH SMALL CARS. Copyright © 1964 by Jean Merrill. Illustrations © 1964 by Ronni Solbert. 2015 edition published by the New York Review Children’s Collection, New York. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher.

THE GOLDEN BUNNY. Copyright © 1953 by Random House LLC. 2015 edition published by Golden Books, New York. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher.

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Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Dahlov Ipcar,
Ronni Solbert, and Leonard Weisgard”

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