7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #535:
Featuring Two Picture Book Reviews

h1 May 21st, 2017 by jules


I’m doing something a little bit different today. I have two picture book reviews over at BookPage to which I’m sending you, if you’re so inclined to read them — Tom Brenner’s And Then Comes Summer, illustrated by Jaime Kim (Candlewick, May 2017)—that review is here—and Carol Murray’s Cricket in the Thicket: Poems about Bugs (Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt, May 2017), illustrated by Melissa Sweet. That review is here.

I don’t know about where you live, but here in Tennessee, school is wrapping up. In fact, this week is the last week for my own daughters, and everyone is ready for summer. Both of these books are just right for this time of year.

Other than the art on the covers above, I don’t have any interior spreads for you (that’s the part that is different today), because I’m at Knoxville’s wonderful Children’s Festival of Reading this weekend, celebrating children’s books with these talented authors and illustrators. But I didn’t want to leave you high and dry altogether.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

[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.]

7 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #535:
Featuring Two Picture Book Reviews”

  1. Oh Jules, books for summer. I am especially curious about A Cricket in the Thicket.
    How lucky your girls are to being so close to summer break. We get out June 20. I bet the Book Festival is a great place to be.
    My kicks:
    1. Book club here tonight. Discussing The Orphan Train.
    2. The dog park in Happy Valley. A new experience for Buster.
    3. Sunshine.
    4. Decktime.
    5. Finally watched The Revenant.
    6. Students.
    7. Bird songs.
    Have a great week.

  2. Good morning, Imps! Hello to Tom & Jaime, Carol & Melissa, Summer & Crickets.

    Summer is definitely here. I’m seeking shade and drinking lots of water.

    Jone: Hello, Buster! Hello, birds!

    My kicks from the past week:
    1) Getting through
    2) Discussions
    3) Movement
    4) Structure
    5) Opportunities
    6) Steady
    7) Sense

  3. Jone: The festival was a blast, as always. Did you enjoy The Revenant? Glad you’re taking time for sunshine and decktime.

    Little Willow: I like “getting through” as a kick. Sometimes perseverance alone is kick-worthy.

  4. Yay summer! I cannot wait for days like the cover art on Then Comes Summer!

    Jules – the festival looked super fun in your Instagram pics. Do you make summer reading lists for your girls, or just let them gravitate towards whatever they enjoy?

    Jone – how does Buster like the dog park? Hasn’t this sun been lovely? Have a great time at your Book Club!

    LW – I love all your kicks, but especially 1,3 and 5 this week.

    My quick kicks this week:
    1) Sunshine
    2) Lawyers in the community stepping up to help solve a problem, & solving it.
    3) Good results.
    4) Finished Ruta Sepetys’ “Shades of Grey.”
    5) Watched the first few episodes of True Blood & love Anna Paquin as Sookie & Stephen Moyer as Bill – perfect casting. But I really love Rutina Wesley as Tara – she steals her scenes.
    6) Finished “Talking As Fast As I can” by Lauren Graham & one of my favorite parts of it was the writing advice from Don Roos that she shared, called Kitchen Timer.
    7) Silly Daisy “helping” me plant more flowers in the back yard.
    7.5) Last night’s SNL.

    Have a great week Imps!

  5. Jules: Perseverance is key.

    Rachel: My friend has also employed the Pomodoro Technique since reading Lauren’s book!

    Hey Imps, please cross your fingers for me. I seized a cool opportunity and I’m hoping it leads to something. 🙂

  6. Fingers crossed and positive vibes being sent your way Little Willow!!!

  7. Rachel, nope, we don’t really do the summer reading programs. All those incentives are designed more for kids who do NOT read like they breathe. They read so much I can’t keep up with the lists.

    I love your second kick. And I GOTTA read Shades of Grey. She even lives in my neck of the woods.

    FINGERS CROSSED, Little Willow!

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