7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #543: Featuring Suzy Lee

h1 July 16th, 2017 by jules

“This beautiful day …”
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I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Richard Jackson’s This Beautiful Day (Caitlyn Dlouhy/Atheneum, August 2017), illustrated by Suzy Lee.

That is here, and below are a couple more spreads from the book.


“or whistling and whooping enough for a crowd …”
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“on this beautiful day. Oh say, can you say
this bea-u-ti-ful day?”

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THIS BEAUTIFUL DAY. Text copyright © 2017 by Richard Jackson. Illustrations copyright © 2017 by Suzy Lee and reproduced by permission of the publisher, Caitlyn Dlouhy/Atheneum, New York.

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.

* * * Jules’ Kicks * * *

This weekend was the memorial service to celebrate the life of my friend, Robin Smith, so my kicks one to seven (plus some) are that beautiful service and all the joy Robin brought to people’s lives.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

10 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #543: Featuring Suzy Lee”

  1. I think Suzy Lee’s book.will fit in wonderfully in The PNW. I love the color pallette. Thank you for sharing.
    Jules, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. She sounds like she was an incredible human being. It sound like the.memorial was auite a tribute to Robin.
    My kicks:
    1. Being at the beach.
    2. Being with three grandgirls.
    3. Being with two daughters along with husband and dog.
    4. Book shopping with grandgirls.
    5. Campfire and s’mores on the beach last night.
    6. Early morning walks.
    7. Book club lunch and book shopping.
    Have a great week.

  2. From your review: “…the family sits outdoors, popsicles in hand, happy for the beautiful day they were smart enough to spot before the sun ever showed.”

    Boy, Jules — that could be the epigraph for an anthology of your “7 Kicks” posts. Again, sorry for your loss, but also very happy and grateful for the beautiful days I know she must have pointed you towards.

    And if you don’t mind, I think I’ll just accept the spirit of your own multiple kicks — and of these excerpts from This Beautiful Day — for my own today. Thank you for giving us this beautiful place, week after week.

  3. Jone: That is a week we should all have. Ocean, family, books, s’mores, and more books.

    John: Yes, this is a fitting book to feature this weekend.

  4. Good morning, Imps! Hello, Suzy. Pretty colors

    Hi JES!

    Jone: Sounds like good company.

    Jules: My thoughts with you and her loved ones.

    My kicks from the past week:
    1 Snail mail surprise
    2 Visits
    3 Electrical fans
    4 Air conditioning
    5 Support
    6 Joy
    7 Opportunities

  5. I really love the story, illustrations, and message of This Beautiful Day.

    Jules – so very sorry for the loss of your friend Robin, and glad to hear her memorial was such a fitting joyous celebration of her.

    Jone – your beach trip sounds like perfect summer fun.

    JES – agree wholeheartedly with your all-encompassing kick. This is a special place Jules has created, and even on days I don’t kick, it is such a pick-me-up to read the kicks and gratefulness of others.

    LW – snail mail surprises are simply the best. And yay for joy, visits, support and opportunities.

    My kicks this week:
    1) This morning’s emailed yoga practice from Yoga With Adrienne – a good reminder that movement is a good way forward.
    2) Lazy Sunday morning’s with Daisy – coffee and sunshine and music.
    3) Last minute tickets to yesterday’s Portland Thorns game – and they won!
    4) Caprese salads with avocado added.
    5) Good brainstorming sessions with colleagues.
    6) The teaser trailer for A Wrinkle In Time – it looks so very good.
    7) Friday morning exercise class – such a great way to start the weekend off.
    7.5) Summertime.

    Have a wonderful week Imps!

  6. Little Willow: Speaking of fans and AC, is it very humid where you are?

    Rachel: You reminded me to go watch that trailer, so thank you. … Coffee, sunshine, and music. Three things that make any day better. Also, Caprese salads. Mmm. I’ve had one nearly every day this summer.

  7. Jules, this book looks like a treat.

    I am sorry to hear of your friend’s passing, but her memorial sounds like it was just right to honor her life.

    Jones: I would go to the beach every day if I could! I love all of your kicks.

    Jes: So very well said. Here, at this blog, is a beautiful place.

    Little Willow: Snail mail and AC – both make me happy, too.

    Rachel: Ooh, I saw that trailer just now! What fun! And your other kicks sound like the best kind of summer.

    1. Spending time with the family after our guest left
    2. Taking care of my dad while he was in town for two months
    3. Used book sales at the library
    4. Free little museums
    5. Tea tasting
    6. Forest hikes
    7. Time for rest

    Wishing all a nice week.

  8. Dow, I completely understand that post-guest family time, as well as the rest part. So glad your father is doing better!

  9. Jules: Not so much humid as simply hot. SO hot.

  10. Stay cool.

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