What Friends Do Before Breakfast

h1 November 3rd, 2015 by jules

“‘He doesn’t stink,’ the girl adds. ‘No, he doesn’t,’ I agree.
What if we start our own club?'”


I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Lisa Mantchev’s Strictly No Elephants (Paula Wiseman Books, October 2015), illustrated by Taeeun Yoo.

That review is here, and today Taeeun is sharing some art (linoleum block prints, pencil, and a bit of Photoshop) and early sketches from the book. I thank her for sharing.


Early study
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A final spread: “No one else has an elephant.”
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A final spread: “Today I’m walking my tiny elephant to Number 17.
It’s Pet Club Day and everyone will be there.”

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A final spread
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Early sketch: “‘Come along,’ I say, making certain
that my tiny elephant follows me.
Because that’s what friends do:
never leave anyone behind.”

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A final spread: “‘We can play here,’ one of our new friends says.”
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Early art and then its final spread: “So we paint our own sign. …”
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STRICTLY NO ELEPHANTS. Text copyright © 2015 by Lisa Mantchev. Illustrations © 2015 by Taeeun Yoo. Published by Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York. Illustrations reproduced by permission of Taeeun Yoo.

3 comments to “What Friends Do Before Breakfast”

  1. I’m so deeply in love with Taeeun Yoo’s art – it all started with THE LITTLE RED FISH. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!! <3

  2. I love this story. Tae’s work never disappoints~

  3. […] Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo, that comes out later this Fall. [Ed. Note: Here’s my 7-Imp post on the book.] I’m also looking forward to a nonfiction picture book called Miss […]

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