What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week, Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Freya Blackwood, Jean-François Dumont, Wolf Erlbruch, Torben Kuhlmann, Viviane Schwarz, Annemarie van Haeringen, & Rafael Yockteng

h1 October 2nd, 2015 by jules


“‘I am the king,’ said the king. ‘Play for me!'”
— From
The King and the Sea


 


— From I Am Henry Finch


 


“‘Coco! Pay attention! Pull that thread out and follow the pattern, NOW!’ …”
— From
Coco and the Little Black Dress
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“My new blanket grew just as warm and
soft and comfortable as my old blanket.”
— From
My Two Blankets
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— From Moletown
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“When people do notice me, they make a face. I tell myself that I must not smell very good. It’s true that it’s been a long time since I’ve bathed,
but a bear smells like a bear — that’s just how it is. …”
— From
I Am a Bear
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— From Two White Rabbits
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That may be my longest blog post title ever. Er, sorry to your eyes.

But it does mean that I have a lot of art for you today.

First things first: If you’re so inclined to read about the 150th birthday of Lewis Carroll’s Alice, I’ve got some thoughts over at Kirkus today about why The Complete Alice, released by Macmillan last month, is well worth your time. That link is here.

Secondly, last week I wrote here about the following picture book imports (or books created by authors and/or illustrators who live overseas):

Today I’ve got a bit of art from each one. (I don’t have art from Kes Gray’s Frog on a Log?, illustrated by Jim Field and also mentioned in my column, but it’s funny stuff.)

Enjoy all the art. …


 

From I Am Henry Finch:


 


“The finches lived in a great flock. They made such a racket all day long,
they really could not hear themselves think.”

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“He sat still and listened to his thoughts. He had more of them. He liked them. …”
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From Coco and the Little Black Dress:


 


“‘I’ll never wear a corset!’ said Coco. ‘Nor endless skirts with full hips.
I’ll make a dress that you won’t even feel when you’re wearing.
A dress you can dance in and ride a bicycle with. …'”

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“Now everybody has a little black dress. And Coco?
She’s not such a little nothing at all. …”

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From The King and the Sea:


 


— From “The King and the Cat”
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— From “The King and the Ghost”
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From I Am a Bear:


 


“I am a bear. I know, there’s no such thing as a bear who lives on the street,
right in the middle of everyone. It took me a while to admit it too. …”

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“At first, I didn’t know that I was a bear. But when I tried to speak to this little lady
who was passing by, and I saw her reaction, I started to understand.”

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” … a small voice caught my attention:
‘Why do you look so sad?'”

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“I didn’t get a chance to answer. Her father grabbed her by the hand,
and they hurried away. …”

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From My Two Blankets:


 


“But the girl kept smiling.
She took me to the swings. …”

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“At first my new blanket was thin and small.
But every day I added new words to it. …”

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From Moletown:


 


“The story of Moletown began many years ago. …”
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“Many generations later, the moles’ green meadow
had completely disappeared. Almost.”

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From Two White Rabbits:


 


“When we travel, I also sleep
and I dream that I am moving, that I’m not stopping.”

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“‘Where are we going?’ I ask sometimes,
but no one answers.”

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* * * * * * *

COCO AND THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS. Copyright © 2013 by Annemarie van Haeringen. English translation copyright © 2015 by NorthSouth Books, Inc. Illustrations used by their permission.

I AM A BEAR. Text and illustrations © 2010 Jean-François Dumont. English edition © 2015 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. Illustrations used by their permission.

I AM HENRY FINCH. Text copyright © 2015 by Vivane Schwarz. Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Alexis Deacon. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA on behalf of Walker Books, London.

THE KING AND THE SEA. English language edition © Gecko Press Ltd 2015. Illustrations used by their permission.

MOLETOWN. Copyright © 2015 by NorthSouth Books. Illustrations used by their permission.

MY TWO BLANKETS. Text copyright © 2014 by Irena Kobald. Illustrations © 2014 by Freya Blackwood. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston.

TWO WHITE RABBITS. Text copyright © 2015 by Jairo Buitrago. Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Rafael Yockteng. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Groundwood Books, Canada.

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3 comments to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week, Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Freya Blackwood, Jean-François Dumont, Wolf Erlbruch, Torben Kuhlmann, Viviane Schwarz, Annemarie van Haeringen, & Rafael Yockteng”

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