What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Nicole Gsell and Mark Pett

h1 November 13th, 2015 by jules


— From Mark Pett’s Lizard from the Park


 


“Scritch. Scratch. Chip! Whoosh! The swift family swarms from the chimney. …”
— From Marilyn Grohoske Evans’
Spit & Sticks: A Chimney Full of Swifts,
illustrated by Nicole Gsell

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This morning over at Kirkus I write about Tom Angleberger’s new picture book, McToad Mows Tiny Island (Abrams, September 2015), illustrated by John Hendrix. That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Mark Pett’s Lizard from the Park (Simon & Schuster, September 2015), as well as Marilyn Grohoske Evans’ Spit & Sticks: A Chimney Full of Swifts, illustrated by Nicole Gsell (Charlesbridge, September 2015), so I’ve got art from each book today.

Enjoy!

 

From Lizard from the Park:


 


“Leonard put the egg in his backpack, zipped it up, and carried it home. …”
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“In his room, Leonard and the egg played together for the entire afternoon. …”
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“In the morning, Leonard noticed something. …”
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“Leonard couldn’t wait to show his new friend the world outside. …”
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“In the weeks following, Leonard took Buster everywhere. …”
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“As spring turned to summer, Leonard realized something:
Not only did buster keep growing and growing and growing,
but he seemed to be enjoying himself less and less.”

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From Spit & Sticks:
A Chimney Full of Swifts
:


 


“A stub-tailed, cigar-shaped bird streaks across the Texas spring sky. It’s a chimney swift, thousands of miles from its other home in South America. …”
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“Fun ends. Work begins. The birds’ long claws snatch twigs from the treetops. …”
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“The cornstalks in the farmer’s field grow taller and stronger. The young swifts grow bigger and braver. They push, shove, jab, and jostle.”


 


“And once again the chimney is silent . . . until next year.”
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LIZARD FROM THE PARK. Copyright © 2015 by Mark Pett. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Simon & Schuster, New York.

SPIT & STICKS: A CHIMNEY FULL OF SWIFTS. Copyright © 2015 by Marilyn Grohoske Evans. Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Nicole Gsell and reproduced by permission of the publisher, Charlesbridge, Watertown, MA.

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