What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Floyd Cooper, Matthew Cordell, Hadley Hooper, and Jeanette Winter

h1 August 11th, 2017 by jules


— From Philip C. Stead’s The Only Fish in the Sea,
illustrated by Matthew Cordell


 


“Zaha’s designs don’t look like other designs. Her buildings
swoosh and zoom and flow and fly. ‘The world is not a rectangle.'”
— From Jeanette Winter’s
The World Is Not a Rectangle:
A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid
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“… Rodney was inside, but he wanted to be outside. …”
— From Carmen Bogan’s
Where’s Rodney?,
illustrated by Floyd Cooper

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“Lulu climbs the tallest trees in the neighborhood …”
— From Liz Garton Scanlon’s
Another Way to Climb a Tree,
illustrated by Hadley Hooper

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At Kirkus this morning, I’ve got a French picture book import. That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Liz Garton Scanlon’s Another Way to Climb a Tree (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, August 2017), illustrated by Hadley Hooper; Carmen Bogan’s Where’s Rodney? (Yosemite Conservancy, August 2017), illustrated by Floyd Cooper; Philip C. Stead’s The Only Fish in the Sea (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, August 2017), illustrated by Matthew Cordell; and Jeanette Winter’s The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid (Beach Lane, August 2017).

I’ve got art from each book today — and, in some cases, some preliminary sketches.

Enjoy!

 

From The World is Not a Rectangle:
A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid
:


 


“Zaha looks at shells, and cradles her stadium like a cocoon.”
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“Zaha builds her cities in her mind, one building after another,
changing the world.”

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From Where’s Rodney?


 


“At the park, he was higher.”
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“He was faster. He was slower.”
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Preliminary Images and Final Art
from Another Way to Climb a Tree:


 


“… the ones with the widest branches, the biggest knots, and the stickiest sap.”
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“When Lulu’s sick, the birds miss her . . . so do the branches.”
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“When Lulu’s sick, she looks out her window at the trees missing her
and she misses them right back.”

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Preliminary Images and Final Art
from The Only Fish in the Sea:


 


Sketch for title page spread
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Study


 


Matthew: “I had this idea that Sherman could’ve been painting the flashback sequences described in the intro. But it was too mind-bendy, so I scrapped it. (There are a handful of hidden, doesn’t-really-relate-to-anything famous painting references in this book.)”
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Sketch
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A final spread
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A final spread: “Ellsworth will feel lucky to have so many friends.”
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A failed back cover sketch
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(Click to enlarge final cover)


 

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ANOTHER WAY TO CLIMB A TREE. Copyright © 2017 by Liz Garton Scanlon. Illustrations © 2017 by Hadley Hooper. Published by Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook Press, New York. Images reproduced by permission of the publisher and Hadley Hooper.

THE ONLY FISH IN THE SEA. Copyright © 2017 by Philip C. Stead. Illustrations © 2017 by Matthew Cordell. Published by Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook Press, New York. Images reproduced by permission of Matthew Cordell.

WHERE’S RODNEY? Copyright © 2017 by Carmen Bogan. Illustrations © 2017 by Floyd Cooper. Images reproduced by permission of the publisher, Yosemite Conservancy, Yosemite National Park.

THE WORLD IS NOT A RECTANGLE: A PORTRAIT OF ARCHITECT ZAHA HADID. Copyright © 2017 by Jeanette Winter. Images reproduced by permission of the publisher, Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster, New York.

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One comment to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Floyd Cooper, Matthew Cordell, Hadley Hooper, and Jeanette Winter”

  1. We have Another Way To Climb a Tree checked out from the library right now. The ending is so imaginative and lovely. And the illustrations are gorgeous. I’m sure it’ll become a favorite of many. I’ll have to check out these other books too.


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