What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Lauren Tobia

h1 July 14th, 2017 by jules


“‘Shh!’ she said. ‘Amazing Anna Hibiscus is busy growing up.'”
— From Atinuke’s
You’re Amazing, Anna Hibiscus!, illustrated by Lauren Tobia
and coming to shelves in September


 


Bao Phi, photographed by Anna Min


 

This morning over at Kirkus, I’ve got a Q&A with author Bao Phi, pictured above. We talk about his new picture book, A Different Pond (Capstone, August 2017), illustrated by Thi Bui.

That is here. Next week here at 7-Imp, I’ll have some art from the book.

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Also pictured above is an illustration from the Anna Hibiscus chapter book series. I mentioned in last week’s Kirkus column that new titles are coming out in the Fall (Kane Miller), and so today I have some of Lauren Tobia’s illustrations from those new books. More artwork is below.

Enjoy!



 


“‘Anna Hibiscus!’ said Grandmother, looking into Anna’s hand.
‘Have you been holding that egg all day?’
‘Yes, Grandmother,’ said Anna Hibiscus.”
— From
Welcome Home, Anna Hibiscus!


 


“Anna Hibiscus is back in Africa. Amazing Africa. Back in the big white house
where she lives with her whole entire family and Snow White.”
— From
Welcome Home, Anna Hibiscus!


 



 


“Anna Hibiscus and Joy tried to get into the front of the car with Clarity and Uncle Tunde and the baskets. They tried to get into the back of the car with Grandmother and Grandfather and Common Sense and the suitcases. They tried moving Clarity to the back. They tried moving Grandmother to the front. …”
— From
Go Well, Anna Hibiscus!


 


“Anna Hibiscus woke up. It was morning, and the house was very quiet. There were no air conditioners humming, no fans whirring. There were no mobile phones ringing,
no traffic was honking. There were no aunties calling, no cousins shouting ….”
— From
Go Well, Anna Hibiscus!


 


“Slowly Anna Hibiscus took the long list of words out of her pocket. Even more slowly Anna Hibiscus began to copy the words one at a time onto the ground.”
— From
Go Well, Anna Hibiscus!


 



 


“Anna Hibiscus loves being in the village. …
But most of all Anna Hibiscus loves to go to market.”
— From
Love From Anna Hibiscus!


 


“The boy looked at Anna Hibiscus. She looked very sorry.
‘OK,’ he said. ‘I will take your sorry.'”
— From
Love From Anna Hibiscus!


 


“Joy bent down to pick up Sunny Belafonte.
‘He is hot,’ she gasped. ‘Very hot.'”
— From
Love From Anna Hibiscus!


 



 


“Double Trouble think trouble is funny. When they get into trouble they laugh.
Then they point at each other. …”
— From
You’re Amazing, Anna Hibiscus!


 


“Anna Hibiscus was worried. Her mother and father were worried. The aunties and uncles were worried. The cousins were worried. Even Sunny Belafonte was worried.
Everybody was worried because Grandfather was tired.”
— From
You’re Amazing, Anna Hibiscus!


 


“‘I can’t see him!’ Anna Hibiscus shouted even louder. ‘And I can’t hear him!’
‘You can’t see him,’ Grandmother agreed. ‘But you can hear him, in here.’
Grandmother leaned over and tapped Anna’s heart.”
— From
You’re Amazing, Anna Hibiscus!


 



 

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Photo of Bao Phi taken by Anna Min and used by permission of Capstone.

ANNA HIBISCUS artwork is used by permission of Kane Miller Books.

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