What I Did at Kirkus Last Week, Featuring Everett Aison

h1 December 30th, 2015 by jules

“A white blanket lay humped and piled over everything in sight.
Could this be the New York he had known in the green of summer?”


Last week here at Kirkus, I wrote in part about Rhoda Levine’s Arthur, illustrated by Everett Aison. Arthur was originally released in 1962 but re-released in October by the New York Review Children’s Collection. I’ve got a bit of art from the book here today.

(I also wrote last week about John Burningham’s Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present. You can see a spread from it in this previous 7-Imp post.)


“The next day the races occurred just as before, one in the morning and one in the evening. Arthur flew to a traffic light before they began.”
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“Suddenly he heard a most unbirdlike whistle. Arthur cocked his head. As he did so, a spray of soft white crumbs fell all around him. The spray had come from the hand of an old man who stood nearby. …”


“… Arthur saw a group of New Yorkers gather to sing ‘Gloria’ on a terribly cold night. ‘Surely, the world wants to be a bird,’ Arthur said as he sat on his statue’s finger.
The world might make a very good bird, indeed, he reflected.”

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ARTHUR. Copyright © 1962 by Everett Aison and Rhoda Levine. Illustrations used by permission of the publisher, New York Review of Books.

One comment to “What I Did at Kirkus Last Week, Featuring Everett Aison”

  1. This book is just so lovely.

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