7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #556: Featuring E. B. Goodale

h1 October 15th, 2017 by jules

“Between two windows, there could be a phone,
used for good ideas.”

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You all are going to think I’m lazy today, but hear me out.

I’m showing you two spreads from one of my favorite picture books this year, Julia Denos’s Windows (Candlewick, October 2017), illustrated by E. B. Goodale. (This, in fact, is Goodale’s debut.) Oh, how I love it. However, I’m not going to tell you right now why I like it, because that is to-come.

As mentioned previously, I’ve joined the team over at the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott this year. We are in the swing of things and writing about all kinds of wonderful picture books — and have been for several weeks now. I not only know that we’re going to cover Windows, but I may be the one writing about it. So, I’ll wait for that — but did want to mark the book’s publication this coming week and give you a peek inside.

For now, if you want to read more, I’ll send you to the Kirkus review, which is here.

And more on this book from me later, whether it’s in a couple of months or early 2018. (We will still be blogging at Calling Caldecott in January.)


“Another window could be dark, with a sleeping plant or two,
or maybe bright and rounded, like the moon.”

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WINDOWS. Text copyright © 2017 by Julia Denos. Illustrations copyright © 2017 by E.B. Goodale. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

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 * * *

1) My sweet youngest daughter turned 12 yesterday.

2) My late brother’s birthday was this week. Bittersweet. He would have been 47. He was THE BEST and shaped me into the person I am today. I’m glad I had him in my life.

3) More of this. Please.

4) How great is this?



5) I love Esther Perel’s new podcast.

6) The soundtrack to Over the Garden Wall on vinyl. It is delicious in every way.

7) Falling asleep with my daughter as we listened to Leon Bridges’s “River” in the dark:



What are YOUR kicks this week?

6 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #556: Featuring E. B. Goodale”

  1. Not lazy at all Jules. Looking forward to readimg more about Windows.
    Jules, hope youngest had a womderful birthday. And the article on aging? Amen! I stopped coloring my hair almost 10 years ago.
    My kicks:
    1. Discovering Print A Bookstore. Thanks, Jules.
    2. Finishing Refugee by Alan Gantz.
    3. Lunch with Suz and then…
    4. A poetry workshop.
    5. Bookclub tonight.
    6. Grandgirl.
    7. Library workshop with Jennifer LaGarde aka The Library Girl.
    Have a great life.

  2. Good morning, Imps! Hello, E.B.! Yay for good ideas and good views.

    Jules: Loads of hugs to you and your family, in memory of, and happy belated birthday to your daughter.

    Jones: Three cheers for good stories and good food.

    My kicks from the past week:
    1) Finishing touches
    2) Rehearsals
    3) Performances
    4) Music
    5) Conversations
    6) Fearless
    7) Sure

  3. Hello, Kickers!

    Jules, Windows looks like such a wonderful book. I’ve always liked windows covered up, because I like working and reading in muted light. But years of life with The (sunlight-loving) Missus, especially here in Florida in this window-rich house, have shown me the error of my gloomy ways. So what a great thing to start celebrating a Kicksday with!

    Thank you for your sharing the music with us — impeccable taste, as always. (Well, I could probably think of a “pecc” or two if I looked back over the years… but somehow, “…as more or less consistently” just doesn’t sound like much of compliment. Ha.)

    Hi, Jone. Hope the workshop was good?

    LW: oh boy, Conversations — yes! (Although it’s hard to beat the open-ended perfection of #7!)

    A few kicks here…

    1. B&W photography — doing it, I mean — yes, even in the smartphone era. I have been really enjoying challenging myself with that again.
    2. “Peak TV”: I know, I know… But my gosh, I think my head is about to explode from all the wonderfulness — in a week when we wrapped up watching both Big Little Lies AND Westworld’s first season. Marvels!
    3. We’re finally having the upstairs home office repainted and refloored. It’ll make working up there so much nicer and more inviting. (Even if it was a royal pain boxing up everything to get it ready. 🙂 )
    4. A few months ago I finally yielded to temptation and bought a tablet — a Kindle Fire, on major sale. I know you’ll appreciate one feature of this particularly, Jules: I now can read graphic novels and — yes — PICTURE BOOKS without investing in more actual *paper*. (In fact, your recent post here and at Kirkus about the Lumberjanes series sent me off to the virtual store at once — where I found the entire series available for FREE reading with Amazon Prime…)
    5. Music: the Wailin’ Jennies have a new album!
    6. Watching horror movies every Saturday night in October.
    7. Peace, despite everything.

    Have a great week, all!

  4. Jone, I really want to read Alan’s novel. Thanks for the reminder!

    Little Willow, you are THE most fearless!

    John: OH MY GOSH YOUR COMMENT REMINDS ME THAT I STILL NEED TO READ YOUR ARTICLE. THANKS FOR THE INADVERTENT REMINDER. I’M YELLING NOW BECAUSE I REALLY WANT TO READ IT! …. I hope you enjoy the Lumberjanes; I love your last kick the most; and as for Westworld, I think Thandie Newton is some kind of brilliant.

    Have a good week, you all!

  5. Really loving the artwork and concept for this book. The illustration with the three trees silhouetted is striking a chord.

    Jules – Happy birthday to your youngest. If your brother was anything like you, he was clearly amazing. So nice to fall asleep listening to Leon Bridges, that conjures up such a sweet image of you and your daughter.

    Jone – hope the workshops and book club were good, and that you’ve been enjoying this fabulous weather.

    LW – Love the progression of your kicks this week, hurray for rehearsals and performances, conversations, fearless and sure.

    JES – hope you’re enjoying your tablet – I take mine with me almost everywhere. You are braver than I for watching all those horror movies.

    My quick kicks:
    1) Portland Thorns are NWSL Champions! Yay!
    2) Dodgers win yet again. Woo-hoo!
    3) Timbers won today too!
    4) Shopping for fun birthday presents for my niece – I’ll be sending them all to her this week.
    5) First fire in the fireplace this fall on Friday night.
    6) Peaceful night in with Miss Daisy, complete with popcorn and movies.
    7) This was a long work week for me, so today I got to get out in the sun and walk on some trails out in nature with beautiful views of Mount Hood and Mount Saint Helens.
    7.5) Jules saw this already, but yesterday Twitter was glorious and rewarded me with this hysterical clip and I still cannot stop laughing at it:


    Happy Sunday all! Hope you all have a wonderful week!

  6. Rachel: Ah, first fire. We aren’t quite ready for that, but maybe soon. Did you get your niece any books?! You know I love your last kick.

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