What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring R. Gregory Christie

h1 January 22nd, 2016 by jules

“Week in, week out, from sun to sun,
always more chores to be done.”

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Over at Kirkus today, I take a look at some new 2016 picture books addressing death and loss.

That is here today.

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Last week, I wrote here about Carole Boston Weatherford’s Freedom in Congo Square (Little Bee Books, January 2016), illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. I’m following up today with some spreads from the book. Be sure to click on the column from last week to see a fourth spread there at that post.

Until Sunday …


“Mondays, there were hogs to slop, mules to train, and logs to chop.
Slavery was no ways fair. Six more days to Congo Square.”

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“Wednesdays, there were beds to make, silver to shine, and bread to bake.
The dreaded lash, too much to bear. Four more days to Congo Square.”

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FREEDOM IN CONGO SQUARE. Copyright © 2016 by Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrations copyright © 2016 by R. Gregory Christie. Spreads used by permission of the publisher, Little Bee Books, New York.

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