7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #469: Featuring Chloe Bonfield

h1 February 7th, 2016 by jules

“Jack reached a hill and climbed to the top. No perfect trees were there.
He climbed down the other side. Nothing.
The perfect tree was really very hard to find.”

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I’ve got a review here over at BookPage of Chloe Bonfield’s The Perfect Tree (Running Press, January 2016). This is the debut book for Bonfield, who lives in London. I’m following up that review today with two spreads from the book.

I’m presenting in Chicago this weekend for this conference at the Center for Teaching through Children’s Books at National Louis University. I’ll be home today, though, so please do leave your kicks, dear 7-Imp kickers.

Here’s one more spread and the cover. …


“Jack’s heart soared as birds and feathers filled the air.
They tickled his face and tangled in his hair. …”

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THE PERFECT TREE. Copyright © 2015 by Chloe Bonfield. Illustrations used by permission of the publisher, Running Press Kids, Philadelphia.

5 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #469: Featuring Chloe Bonfield”

  1. Good morning Jules! I enjoyed seeing the tweets Saturday about your speaking at the conference. It looked like a wonderful day with people passionate about children’s literature.

    You always highlight the most interesting people and their books here. I know I’ll be adding this title to my next order.
    My kicks:
    1. Still unpacking books but it’s like greeting old friends
    2. Snow
    3. Surrounded by mountains
    4. Laughter of students during storytime
    5. Reading C. A. London’s The Wild Ones
    6. Watching Just for Laughs Gags until my chest hurt from laughing
    7. Went to play Arthur Miller’s All My Sons

    Have a wonderful week everyone.

  2. Oh Jules, I love this art work. And the owls, love. Sounds like the conference went well. Loved seeing the photos.
    Margie, snow, book frieds, and laughter. Such great kicks.
    My kicks:
    1. Lengthening days.
    2. Crocosmia poking through the soil in the planter.
    3. Tiny things for a fairy garden.
    4. The art store, Collage, home of tiny things.
    5. Postcards from three artists.
    6. Organizing.
    7. Arrival of books for the library.
    Have a great week.

  3. Good morning, Imps!

    Hello, Chloe! Thanks for sharing your artwork with us.

    Jules: I hope the conference went well!

    Margie: Hurrah for laughter and good entertainment.

    Jone: Enjoy the books, the days, the gardens.

    My kicks for the past week:
    1) Inclusion
    2) Clarification
    3) Commonalities
    4) Type
    5) Process
    6) Gather
    7) Print

  4. Love the color palette for these illustrations, especially the blues!

    Jules – hope you’ve had fun in Chicago!

    Margie – laughing is the best – glad you had a week full of it!

    Jone – the fairy garden sounds like a sweet, fun project. Hooray for lengthening days (& sunshine).

    LW – sounds like a busy week – inclusion and clarification are wonderful kicks.

    My kicks this week:
    1) Zoolander 2 app that lets you customize your own Blue Steel, Le Tigre, or Maverick poses. Silly awesomeness.
    2) Busy week, no sleep, but lots of intense thinking, which is its own brand of exciting.
    3) Domestic goddess today – cooking meals in advance while cleaning/laundry/chores – feels good to be organized.
    4) A much needed lazy night in.
    5) Fresh tulips on the table.
    6) Sunshine.
    7) Heading to the gym before the super bowl.
    7.5) The Petal Drop LA project – looks so cool: https://twitter.com/petaldropla/status/696169487238737921
    9) Leon Bridges new video for River.

    Have a great week everyone!

  5. Margie, best of luck with all the unpacking. Books as old friends. Indeed. So good to see you kickin’ …

    Jone, is the fairy garden at school? Or for your grandgirls? Or both?

    Little Willow: That sounds like a mighty productive week.

    Rachel: Thanks for that link. I see someone requested a live stream. That WOULD be neat to see. Here’s hoping you get enough sleep this week (though you hardly sound bothered by this week!)

    Hope you all have a good week … Oh, and Chicago was fun. Such a great conference, organized by the best folks.

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