What I Did at Kirkus Last Week,
Featuring Mehrdokht Amini, Xu Bing,
Manon Gauthier, and Sandra van Doorn

h1 October 19th, 2017 by jules


“It was late at night. A noise had woken Anyaugo. …”
— From Nnedi Okorafor’s
Chicken in the Kitchen, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini
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“”The only thing they didn’t lose was each other.”
— From Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl’s
Sleep Well, Siba & Siba,
illustrated by Sandra van Doorn

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— From Xu Bing’s Look! What Do You See?:
An Art Puzzle Book of American & Chinese Songs,
illustrated by Becca Stadtlander

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“When he went fishing with his middle-sized fishing rod, he managed to catch the most middle-sized fish in the lake, which he put into his middle-sized basket.”
— From Susanna Isern’s
Middle Bear, illustrated by Manon Gauthier
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Last week, I wrote here at Kirkus about new picture books with an international flair, including Nnedi Okorafor’s Chicken in the Kitchen (Lantana, September 2017), illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini; Xu Bing’s Look! What Do You See?: An Art Puzzle Book of American & Chinese Songs (Viking, November 2017), illustrated by Becca Stadtlander; Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl’s Sleep Well, Siba & Saba (Lantana, October 2017), illustrated by Sandra van Doorn; and Susanna Isern’s Middle Bear (Kids Can Press, October 2017), illustrated by Manon Gauthier.

I’m following up today with some art from each book.

Enjoy!



 

From Chicken in the Kitchen:


 


“The New Yam Festival marked the beginning of the harvest season. …
Anyaugo couldn’t let the chicken ruin the yam dishes in the fridge!”

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“Hello!”
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“At the New Yam Festival the next day, Anyaugo ate several yam dishes
and saw some of the biggest yams she had ever seen. …”

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From Look! What Do You See?


 


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From Sleep Well, Siba & Saba:


 


“Siba and Siba lost things. …”
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“The following day, Siba sat on the lap of her Auntie Mirembe ….”
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“Later that evening, Papa came home with a new, stiffly starched school uniform for Saba, who was starting school soon. …”
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From Middle Bear:


 


“He had been born the second of three brothers.
He was not big, but he was not small, either. …”

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“After supper, he went to his middle-sized bed and counted stars ….”
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“‘Papa and I are ill! We need you to go and
fetch some willow tree bark,’ she said between sneezes. …”

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CHICKEN IN THE KITCHEN. Text © Nnedi Okorafor 2015. Illustrations © Mehrdokht Amini 2015. Illustrations used by permission of Lantana Publishing.

LOOK! WHAT DO YOU SEE?: AN ART PUZZLE BOOK OF AMERICAN & CHINESE SONGS. Calligraphy copyright © 2017 by Xu Bing. Illustrations copyright © 2017 by Becca Stadtlander. Illustrations used by permission of the publisher, Viking, New York.

MIDDLE BEAR. Copyright © 2015 EDICIONES LA FRAGATINA. Text © Susanna Isern. Illustrations © Manon Gauthier. English translation © 2017 Kids Can Press. Illustrations reproduced by permission of Kids Can Press, Toronto, ON.

SLEEP WELL, SIBA & SABA. Text © Nansubuga Isdahl 2017. Illustrations © Sandra van Doorn 2017. Illustrations used by permission of Lantana Publishing.

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