7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #493: Featuring Geraldo Valério

h1 July 24th, 2016 by jules

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Today’s post is a bit of a sneak peek at an upcoming picture book from Groundwood Books. Geraldo Valério’s Turn on the Night will be out this September, but I’ve got a few spreads from it today.

This is the wordless tale of a girl, at night, who’s fallen asleep, book in hand. This book looks very similar to Valério’s very story. Suddenly, the creature in the pages of the book leaps out through the window, and the girl is nowhere to be seen. Readers realize she has become the wolf-like creature who has leaped out of the house. The following pages show her as the wolf having a night-time adventure with the rooster just outside of her home, as well as a deer they meet. They fly to a star, the rooster grabs it, and the wolf returns to her home, lighting up the stringed lights around the headboard on the girl’s bed — really, he lights up her entire room. There, suddenly, is the girl again, sleeping happily.

It’s a simple, but magical, plot with Valério’s rich colors; the palette is dominated by deep blues and lush greens. He captures with a seeming ease the euphoria of dreams of flight, as well as the cryptic nature of dreams, even ones that leave you with a smile on your face. The Publishers Weekly review writes that there is a “giddy sense of possibility” in this story. Indeed.

Here are a couple more spreads. Enjoy!


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TURN ON THE NIGHT. Copyright © 2016 by Geraldo Valério. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Groundwood Books, Canada.

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) Still making progress on packing. And we own a new house, as of Friday! I’m grateful.

2) Reading this book with my girls (whenever we’re not packing). Ooh, it’s so good so far!

3) Margaret Glaspy’s Emotions and Math. I’m wearing it right out.



4) Stranger Things! Which we managed to binge-watch on late nights this week, despite that whole packing thing. Soooo fun.

5) April and the Extraordinary World.



6) Indulging in a massage (when your muscles are in pretty bad shape). A good kind of ouch.

7) I get to see a good friend today.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

7 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #493: Featuring Geraldo Valério”

  1. I love wordless books and so do my students. Will need to add Turn On the Night to the collection. Love the vivid colors
    Jules, so glad the packing is going well. And congrats on signing on your new home. Did you read Under the Egg? I enjoyed it. Will need to get this book.
    My kicks:
    1. The weather. As the rest of the country is heated up, we have managed to have perfect summer weather.
    2. One day of cooling summer rain.
    3. Finished Code Name Verify. 3.5 Learned the audio book is pretty incredible.
    4. Found out there is a sequel to the book.
    5. Receiving another Poetry Swap poem with materials to write my own poem.
    6. Visiting with a friend on our deck.
    7. Identifying the wildflowers in photos I took.
    Have a great week.

  2. Jone, I have NOT read Under the Egg, but now I really want to. I also want to read Wein’s book.

    Your summer weather sounds lovely. Happy wildflower-hunting!

  3. Good morning, Imps!

    Geraldo: That sounds lovely. I like story-in-story.

    Jules: I heard some of Margaret’s songs earlier this week via NoiseTrade. I just started Stranger Things. April and the Extraordinary World sounds interesting, especially if it’s steampunk. Is the original graphic novel available in English? Good luck with the move!

    Jone: Wildflowers, good books, and good poems – sounds like a good week.

    My kicks from the past week:
    1) Safe
    2) Sound
    3) Sights
    4) Sites
    5) Cites
    6) Seems
    7) Seams

  4. Such vivid illustrations. I especially love the one of the wolf jumping back in the window with the star in his/her mouth.

    Jules – congrats on the new home! Yay to binge-watching after packing. Will have to check out The Gallery, and Stranger Things, you are the third person I know who has recommended it.

    Jone – hasn’t this weather been amazing? How’d you like Code Name Verity? Who is on the audio book? Sounds like you had a great week.

    LW – Love your alliterative and cryptic kicks this week. Safe and Sound are particularly good ones.

    My quick kicks:
    1) Summer weather
    2) A fun work gathering where I got see old friends & colleagues.
    3) A Timbers game with a good friend yesterday.
    4) Read “Tanglewreck” by Jeannette Winterson and really loved it. Her heroine Silver put me in mind of some of my other favorite young heroines from English authors.
    5) Snuggle time with Daisy.
    6) Watching an old Carrie Fisher comedy ( Sweet Revenge). Its not great, its not awful, but was fun to see all the 90’s fashion, & be reminded how much movie making has changed. Rosanna Arquette is in it too.
    7) Miranda Lambert’s new song “Vice” does not disappoint. I really love her.

    Have a great week Imps! Hope you’re all having great summer weather!

  5. LW: I’m not sure about the answer to your question (the graphic novel). I’ll try to look that up later. … I also like your alliterative kicks. And, speaking of Glaspy, thanks, as always, for the music emails you send me!

    Rachel: As I said, Stranger Things is just super fun. And I love Eleven. Love her so much. … Glad you had a good week filled with good friends (And DAISY!).

    Hope you all have a great week. Next week’s post might be SUPER short. It will be the weekend of ACTUAL MOVING. Finally!

  6. Jules – I’m HOOKED. Watched the first 2 episodes of Stranger Things (plus the opening of the third episode). Had to stop because, well, nightmares. I cannot get over how good those kids are!! I love all of them, but yes, especially Eleven.
    Happy Moving!

  7. Happy viewing! (Isn’t Winona Ryder so good in it?)

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