What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring
Akin Duzakin, Matt Ottley, and Alfonso Ruano

h1 November 11th, 2016 by jules


“I dream / I am with my mom /
I dream I am with my dad. …”
— From Jorge Argueta’s
Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds,
illustrated by Alfonso Ruano

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“What if I were in a place that no one knew about? …”
— From Constance Ørbeck-Nilssen’s
Why Am I Here?, illustrated by Akin Duzakin
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“… he continued his search for a speck on the horizon.”
— From Rebecca Young’s
Teacup, illustrated by Matt Ottley
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This week’s Kirkus column is what happens when you have a deadline on the very day when you’re slumped over your keyboard in despair over a decision your country has made. That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about some brand-new picture books about refugees — Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds (Groundwood, October 2016), written by Jorge Argueta and illustrated by Alfonso Ruano; Rebecca Young’s Teacup (Dial, October 2016), illustrated by Matt Ottley; Constance Ørbeck-Nilssen’s Why Am I Here?, illustrated by Akin Duzakin (Eerdmans, October 2016); and Margriet Ruurs’ Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey, illustrated by Nizar Ali Badr (Orca, October 2016).

I’ve got some art from each book below. I regret that I have none to share from Ruurs’ book, but I encourage you to go read here or here about Nizar Ali Badr’s work.



 

From Somos como las nubes /
We Are Like the Clouds
:


 


“Elephants, horses, cows, pigs, / flowers, / whales, / parakeets. /
We are like the clouds. …”

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“Since we left home / we haven’t stopped singing. …”
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From Why Am I Here?:


 


“What if I lived where there was only desert? …”
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“Because this is where I should be.
Isn’t that just the way it is? …”

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From Teacup:


 


“Once there was a boy who had to leave his home …”
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“The boy awoke to something new …”
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SOMOS COMO LAS NUBES / WE ARE LIKE THE CLOUDS. Text copyright © 2016 by Jorge Argueta. Illustrations copyright © 2016 by Alfonso Ruano. Published by Groundwood Books, Toronto. Illustrations used by their permission.

TEACUP. Originally published in Australia in 2015. Text copyright © 2015 by Rebecca Young. Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Matt Ottley. Illustrations used by permission of the U.S. publisher, Dial Books, New York.

WHY AM I HERE? Originally published in Norway in 2014 under the title Hvorfor er jeg her? Copyright © 2014 by Magikon forlag. First published in the United States 2016 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Michigan. Illustrations used by their permission.

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One comment to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring
Akin Duzakin, Matt Ottley, and Alfonso Ruano”

  1. Thank you, Jules, for your Kirkus column and this art.


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