What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring
Amy June Bates, Gary Clement,
Todd Stewart, and Peter Sís

h1 June 19th, 2015 by jules


— From Peter Sís’s Ice Cream Summer


 


“Every year we stay at the same place. I call it our cottage.
But it’s not really a cottage. It’s a motel.”
— From Andrew Larsen’s
See You Next Year, illustrated by Todd Stewart
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“A long, long drive. It’s been a year of dreaming, waiting. Summer’s here.”
— From Deanna Caswell’s
Beach House, illustrated by Amy June Bates
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— From Gary Clement’s Swimming, Swimming
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This morning over at Kirkus, I’ve got two new picture books, especially perfect for preschoolers. That link is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about some very summer’y picture books — Andrew Larsen’s See You Next Year, illustrated by Todd Stewart (Owlkids, March 2015); Peter Sís’ Ice Cream Summer (Scholastic, May 2015); Gary Clement’s Swimming, Swimming (Groundwood, May 2015); and Deanna Caswell’s Beach House, illustrated by Amy June Bates (Chronicle, May 2015).

Here’s some art from each book. Enjoy!



 

Art from Andrew Larsen’s
See You Next Year,
illustrated by Todd Stewart:


 


“Every year we take the same roads. We pass through the same towns.
We arrive at the same beach.”

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“We always come on a Saturday. We always stay for a week.
We’ve been coming to the same place every summer since I was little.
Nothing changes. That’s why I like it.”

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“It’s not long before the beach is a sea of umbrellas.
You can hardly see the swirls or the sand.”

(Click to see spread in its entirety)


 



 

Art from Gary Clement’s
Swimming, Swimming:


 


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Art from Deanna Caswell’s
Beach House,
illustrated by Amy June Bates:


 


“Breathe salt air. Squint at the sun.
Hot-foot hopping. Squeal and run.”

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“Marco Polo. Dives and dunks. Body surfing. Floating trunks.
Castles rise. Moats are filled. Stacking, smoothing. Smash, rebuild.”

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“Hungry tummies. Sun-kissed knees.
Salty skin. Chilly breeze.”

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Art from Peter Sís’
Ice Cream Summer:


 


“You can be sure my brain is still working.
I am reading the encyclopedias you gave me.
I am diving into world history!”

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BEACH HOUSE. Copyright © 2015 by Deanna Caswell. Illustrations © 2015 by Amy June Bates. Published by Chronicle Books, San Francisco. Spreads reproduced by permission of the publisher.

Illustrations from Ice Cream Summer: Written and illustrated by Peter Sís. Illustrations © 2015 by Peter Sís. Used with permission from Scholastic Press.

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR. Copyright © 2015 by Andrew Larsen. Illustrations © 2015 by Todd Stewart. Published by Owlkids Books, Toronto. Spreads reproduced by permission of the publisher.

SWIMMING, SWIMMING. Copyright © 2015 by Gary Clement. Published by Groundwood Books, Toronto. Spreads reproduced by permission of the publisher.

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One comment to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring
Amy June Bates, Gary Clement,
Todd Stewart, and Peter Sís”

  1. Oh, all of those bring up just such a sense of nostalgia! I love the idea of all of them, and the artwork of SWIMMING makes me long for the neighborhood pool. These are great!


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