7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #488: Featuring Culpeo S. Fox

h1 June 19th, 2016 by jules

“When the moon slithers into the open skies,
surely some trickery is afoot.”

(Click to enlarge spread, sans text)


Sometimes this happens: You see a beautiful picture book and, without thinking things through, you assume it was just released. Then you find out it’s a couple years old.

I was just about to tell you about Manasi Subramaniam’s The Fox and the Crow (Karadi Tales), illustrated by Culpeo S. Fox, when I just now realized (when looking for an image of the book’s cover) that Betsy Bird wrote a lovely, detailed review of it here:

Gorgeous to eye and ear alike, the story’s possibilities are mined beautifully and the reader is left reeling in the wake. If you’d like a folktale that’s bound to wake you up, this beauty has your number.

Then I realized she wrote it in 2014. And that the book was actually released then. Long story why, but I thought this one was newly-released here in the U.S. Even though I tend to focus on new picture books here at 7-Imp, just to keep things easier, I can still tell you about this one, though.


“Crow’s pride sets his hunger ablaze.
Fox smirks.”

(Click to enlarge slightly)


Actually, at the risk of appearing lazy, I’m going to direct you to Betsy’s review, if you’d like to read more about this book. “Gorgeous” is not an overstatement. As Betsy notes in her review, Kirkus described this one as “Aesop noir,” which nails this book. (They also described it as gorgeous.) I’ve only got two spreads today, but aren’t they beautiful?

Here’s Culpeo’s website if you’d like to see even more of his art.



THE FOX AND THE CROW. Copyright © 2014 Manasi Subramaniam. Illustrations © 2016 Culpeo S. Fox. Illustrations used by permission of the publisher, Karadi Tales Company Pvt. Ltd.

Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.

* * * Jules’ Kicks * * *

1) It’s Father’s Day, and my daughters have the best possible father a person could ever have.

2) “Where’s the bill? Where’s the bill?” on Monday. Thank you, Democrats.

3) When ALA makes statements like this.

4) Vice President Biden in moments like this.

5) House-hunting progress!

6) Getting in the fetal position for about five minutes at a time, when necessary, and pretending you’re not an adult for a moment. (House-hunting and mortgage discussions make me feel very adult.)

7) When Congressman John Lewis told Donald Trump to shut up on Twitter:



What are YOUR kicks this week?

5 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #488: Featuring Culpeo S. Fox”

  1. Such rich illustrations. I need this book.
    Jules, love kicks 2, 4 and 7. I understand the fetal position. Adulting can be hard but sounds like house hunting is going well.
    My kicks:
    1. School’s out. Sort of. I have committee work this week.
    2. Time with youngest daughter and my two other grandgirls.
    3. In southern Oregon for a couple days. No theater, though. ;-(
    4. Finished Under the Egg.
    5. Walking.
    6. Naps.
    7. Love.
    Have a great week.

  2. Happy Sunday, Imps and foxes and friends and neighbors!

    Jone: Naps sound lovely.

    Jules: Continued good wishes for the future move!

    My kicks from the past week:
    1) The Tony Awards
    2) Answers
    3) Conversations
    4) Dialogue
    5) Attempts
    6) Timing
    7) Ever

  3. Beautiful illustrations today! Love the darkness and mystery and texture of them.

    Jules -hang in there with the house-hunting! Oh goodness, I love John Lewis. And Joe Biden.

    Jone – yay for school being out, going to southern Oregon, and most of all, Kick 7 – Love.

    LW – Yes to kick 1 – so wonderful! And kicks 6 & 7 this week are great & intriguing.

    My kicks this week:
    1) Rain for the garden.
    2) Sunshine.
    3) Sweet snuggly Daisy.
    4) Reading “Walk Two Moons,” by Sharon Creech & falling in love with Sal’s voice.
    5) The filibuster. Finally! Makes me hopeful change will occur.
    6) Harvested my lavender for the first time & it’s drying in the garage.
    7) Baking lavender banana bread today. We’ll see how it turns out.

    Happy Father’s Day! Have a wonderful and love-filled week everyone!

  4. Been reading kicks for awhile, decided to join today!
    1. That I live in Canada (sorry, US residents).
    2. We have a huge amount of interest in the soon-to-be-launched summer reading club at my library!
    3. My two new pairs of rainbow shoes
    4. The house I’m about to move into is air-conditioned!
    5. New book by one of my favourite authors (Guy Gavriel Kay) to read!
    6. My baby sister finally finished the B.A. she’s been working on for so long!
    7. Fabulous new knitting book just arrived!

  5. Polly! Spam tried to eat your kicks for breakfast. I’m so sorry! I just freed them.

    I like you already on account of your rainbow shoes. Congrats to your sister!

    Thanks for kickin’, and I hope you come back.

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