What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring
Amer Khan, Sameer Kulavoor, James Kwan,
Hakeem Nawaz, and Stephen Savage

h1 June 23rd, 2017 by jules


“Oh, here is Zarrar: he is ready to start the paint work, he says. …”
— From Anjum Rana’s
This Truck has Got to be Special,
illustrated by Hakeem Nawaz and Amer Khan
with illustration design by Sameer Kulavoor

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“You are a boat! With your squirmy corridors that twist inside, your levers and pulleys that flex your strong muscles, and your furnace-heart that pushes you forward, tearing the sea in two. And look—rooms upon rooms in your belly! So how does it feel to be a boat? How does it feel to hold everyone in your belly-rooms?”
— From James Kwan’s
How It Feels to Be a Boat
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— From Stephen Savage’s Little Plane Learns to Write
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Today over at Kirkus, I’ve got building bridges on the mind.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about James Kwan’s How It Feels to Be a Boat (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, July 2017); Stephen Savage’s Little Plane Learns to Write (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, June 2017); and Anjum Rana’s This Truck has Got to be Special, illustrated by Hakeem Nawaz and Amer Khan (Tara, July 2017) — with illustration design by Sameer Kulavoor.

I’m following up with art today.

Enjoy.


 

From This Truck has Got to be Special:


 


“… People inscribe other things as well on their trucks. …”
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“I’d like my cabin decorated,
and must make sure that Zarrar remembers to do that. …”

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“… My truck, I know, is going to be very special.”
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From How It Feels to Be a Boat
(sans text):


 


“In your belly everyone gets along,
but sometimes they fight.”

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“You are a boat.”
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From Little Plane Learns to Write:


 


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HOW IT FEELS TO BE A BOAT. Copyright © 2017 by James Kwan. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston.

LITTLE PLANE LEARNS TO WRITE. Copyright © 2017 by Stephen Savage. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook Press, New York.

THIS TRUCK HAS GOT TO BE SPECIAL. Copyright © 2016 Tara Books Pvt. Ltd. For the text: Anjum Rana. For the illustration design: Sameer Kulavoor. For the truck art: Hakeem Nawaz, Amer Khan. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher.

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