What I Did at Kirkus Last Week, Featuring
Emily Arnold McCully, Charlotte Pardi,
Christian Robinson, and Charles Santoso

h1 January 29th, 2016 by jules

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I’m following up today with some illustrations from the picture books I wrote about (here) at Kirkus last week. They include:

Pictured above is an image from Christian Robinson.

Enjoy the art. …


From Glenn Ringtved’s
Cry, Heart, But Never Break,
illustrated by Charlotte Pardi:


“… Some people say Death’s heart is as dead and black as a piece of coal, but that is not true. Beneath his inky cloak, Death’s heart is as red as the most beautiful sunset and beats with a great love of life.”
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“One day the brothers and the sisters met. Sorrow fell instantly in love with Delight, and she with him. It was the same for Grief and Joy.
Each couldn’t live without the other.”

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“In the years that followed, the children lived with their joy and their sorrow, but they always remembered Death’s words and took great comfort from their hearts,
which grieved and cried but never broke.”

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From Margaret Wise Brown’s The Dead Bird,
illustrated by Christian Robinson:


Character sketches
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Cover exploration
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A final spread from the book:
“The bird was dead when the children found it.”

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A final spread from the book:
“They put warm sweet-ferns in the bottom of the grave. And they wrapped the bird up in grapevine leaves and put it in the ground. Then they put more ferns on top of it,
and little white violets, and yellow star flowers.”

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From Caron Levis’s Ida, Always,
illustrated by Charles Santoso:


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“Keeper Sonya came instead. Sonya told Gus that Ida was very sick. …”
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A Sneak-Peek at
Emily Arnold McCully’s Clara:


“Nearly three hundred years ago, when half the world was still a mystery to the other half, a Dutch sea captain arrived in India and called on an old friend. As they were trading stories, a remarkable creature padded into the room.”
[Please note: The colors are slightly brighter in this spread
than they appear in the book.]

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CLARA: THE (MOSTLY) TRUE STORY OF THE RHINOCEROS WHO DAZZLED KINGS, INSPIRED ARTISTS, AND WON THE HEARTS OF EVERYONE … WHILE SHE ATE HER WAY UP AND DOWN A CONTINENT! Copyright © 2016 by Emily Arnold McCully. Published by Schwartz & Wade Books, New York. Spread used by permission of Ms. McCully.

CRY, HEART, BUT NEVER BREAK. Copyright © 2001 by Glenn Ringtved. Illustrations copyright © 2001 by Charlotte Pardi. Copyright © 2016 by Robert Moulthrop for the English language text. Spreads used by permission of the publisher, Enchanted Lion Books, Brooklyn.

THE DEAD BIRD. Text copyright © 1938 by Margaret Wise Brown. Illustrations copyright © 2016 by Christian Robinson. Final spreads used by permission of the publisher, Harper, New York. Other images used by permission of Christian Robinson.

IDA, ALWAYS. Copyright © 2016 by Caron Levis. Illustrations copyright © 2016 by Charles Santoso. Final spreads used by permission of the publisher, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, New York.

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