What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring
Karen Lewis, Tom Sullivan, and Jennifer Thermes

h1 October 7th, 2016 by jules


— From Tom Sullivan’s I Used to Be a Fish
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“After almost four years of exploring,
it was time to start the long voyage home. …”
— From Jennifer Thermes’
Charles Darwin’s Around-the-World Adventure
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“This is our Grandmother Fish. …”
— From Jonathan Tweet’s
Grandmother Fish:
A Child’s First Book of Evolution, illustrated by Karen Lewis
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Today over at Kirkus, I’ve got Henri Rousseau, René Magritte, Mordicai Gerstein, and Klaas Verplancke on the mind. That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about some new picture books about evolution (though one is more specifically about Charles Darwin) — Jonathan Tweet’s Grandmother Fish: A Child’s First Book of Evolution (Feiwel & Friends, September 2016), illustrated by Karen Lewis; Jennifer Thermes’ Charles Darwin’s Around-the-World Adventure; and Tom Sullivan’s I Used to Be a Fish.

I’ve got some spreads today from each book, and Tom and Jennifer also share some preliminary images (sketches and such). Let’s get to it, and I thank them for sharing.



 

From I Used to Be a Fish
(Early Sketches and Final Art):


 






Pictured above: Early sketches
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Final art
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From Charles Darwin’s
Around-the-World Adventure

(Preliminary Images and Final Art):


 



Jennifer: “[These are] an early thumbnail layout and
rough color thumbnails for planning the overall colors …”

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Jennifer: “An old and new version of one of the jungle/map spreads,
where we decided to de-clutter and emphasize the jungle scene over the factoids (which were moved to the back matter).”

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Jennifer: “The underwater scene sketch,
which didn’t change from the original dummy,”
followed by the final art

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Final front endpapers
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“The Beagle zigzagged up and down the long coast of Chile,
while Charles took trips through the countryside, meeting the ship along the way.”

(Click to enlarge final spread)


 


“He found his answer up, up, up —
in the rose-colored shadows and snowy peaks of the Andes Mountains.”

(Click to enlarge final spread)


 



Jennifer: “Two work-in-progress details of the cover.
(I posted a lot of sneaky-peek details on Instagram while working on final art.)”

(Click each to enlarge)


 


Final cover


 

From Grandmother Fish
(Final Art):


 



Final art
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CHARLES DARWIN’S AROUND-THE-WORLD ADVENTURE. Copyright © 2016 by Jennifer Thermes. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Abrams Books for Young Readers, New York. Preliminary images used by permission of Jennifer Thermes.

GRANDMOTHER FISH: A CHILD’S FIRST BOOK OF EVOLUTION. Copyright © 2015 by Grandmother Fish, LLC, d/b/a Jonathan Tweet Studios. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Feiwel and Friends New York.

I USED TO BE A FISH. Copyright © 2016 by Tom Sullivan. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Balzer + Bray, New York. Sketches used by permission of Tom Sullivan.

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