What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Edwin Fotheringham,
Juana Medina, and Stephen Savage

h1 January 30th, 2015 by jules


— From Doreen Cronin’s Smick!, illustrated by Juana Medina


 


“Monkey screeched and turned to Duck,
‘Buddy, ol’ pal, are we in luck!'”
— Spread (without text) from Jennifer Hamburg’s
Monkey and Duck Quack Up!,
illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

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— From Stephen Savage’s Supertruck
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Today over at Kirkus, I write about the newest picture book from Michael Hall, called Red: A Crayon’s Story (Greenwillow Books, February 2015). That link is here.

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Last week I wrote about three new picture books, geared at very young children — Jennifer Hamburg’s Monkey and Duck Quack Up!, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham (Scholastic, February 2015); Doreen Cronin’s Smick!, illustrated by Juana Medina (Viking, February 2015); and Stephen Savage’s Supertruck (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, January 2015).

I’ve got art and preliminary images from these books below.

Enjoy.



 

Spreads from Doreen Cronin’s Smick!,
illustrated by Juana Medina
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Early Roughs from
Stephen Savage’s Supertruck:


 






Eight images above: Failed covers


 

Final Art from Supertruck:


 


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Older iterations of the title pages in
Jennifer Hamburg’s
Monkey and Duck Quack Up!,
illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham
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Progression of a Spread
from Monkey and Duck Quack Up!
(click each to enlarge):


 

Edwin: The only spread…that was changed fairly dramatically is Monkey on the boat doing activities. This began as a boat elevation cut-away that turned into spots of individual activities. There are four iterations: 1) cut-away view; 2) activities in color blocks (notice water slide and pool in right panels); 3) activities in color blocks, version two (pool becomes food buffet); and 4) final art with activities in bouncy bubbles (water slide becomes disco). In the final version, other characters (in silhouette) were added to make the cruise less like a ghost ship.

 






 

A Bit of Final Art (Without Text) and Cover from
Monkey and Duck Quack Up!:


 


“Up onstage, when it was time,
they wowed the crowd with one great rhyme …”

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Illustrations from Monkey and Duck Quack Up! by Jennifer Hamburg. Illustrations © 2015 by Edwin Fotheringham. Used with permission from Scholastic Press.

SMICK! Copyright © 2015 by Doreen Cronin. Illustrations © 2015 by Juana Medina. Published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group, New York. Illustrations reproduced by permission of Juana Medina and the publisher.

SUPERTRUCK. Copyright © 2015 by Stephen Savage. Published by Neal Porter Books, Roaring Brook Press, New York. All images reproduced by permission of Stephen Savage, pictured below.


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