What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Sergio Ruzzier

h1 May 20th, 2016 by jules



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This morning over at Kirkus, I have a Fall 2016 Picture Book Preview. That is here.

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Pictured above is my favorite spread from Sergio Ruzzier’s newest picture book, This Is Not a Picture Book! (Chronicle, May 2016). I wrote about it here at Kirkus last week, and I’m following up today with the Director’s Cut version of the book. That is, Sergio shares some early sketches, as well as early cover images. You’ll see the book was initially named A Book With No Pictures. Sound familiar? When a certain book by B.J. Novak was released in 2014, Sergio had some title-changing to do. “It took me and Chronicle months to decide what to do,” Sergio says, “and more months to find a new title. I’m very happy with the final choice, which is, I think, better than the original.”

I thank Sergio for sharing. I love to see these early images and the book’s evolution. And there’s a bit of final art below, too.

Enjoy.



 

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Final art: “Words are so difficult.”
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Final art: “There are wild words . . .”
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THIS IS NOT A PICTURE BOOK! Copyright © 2016 by Sergio Ruzzier. Published by Chronicle Books, San Francsico. All images here reproduced by permission of Sergio Ruzzier.

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