What I Did at Kirkus Last Week,
Featuring Jacob Grant, Boris Kulikov, and Ashley Wolff

h1 November 24th, 2017 by jules


“Every day the small petting zoo was packed with grabby little hands.”
— From Jacob Grant’s
Through with the Zoo
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“‘Here I am, Mama,’ says Baby Bear.
‘Up in the birch tree.'”
— From Ashley Wolff’s
Where, Oh Where, Is Baby Bear?
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“If you come to a house, knock on the door and politely say,
‘Has anyone seen an elephant?’ And if no one has, then go deeper into the jungle.”
— From Kate Banks’s
How to Find an Elephant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov
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Last week, I wrote here at Kirkus about Jacob Grant’s Through with the Zoo (Feiwel & Friends, November 2017); Kate Banks’s How to Find an Elephant (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, November 2017), illustrated by Boris Kulikov; and Ashley Wolff’s Where, Oh Where, Is Baby Bear? (Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster, October 2017).

I’m following up with art today.

Enjoy!



 

From Through with the Zoo:


 


“Goat always dreamed of having space.
He didn’t want hugs or rubs or anyone near him.”

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“But Goat lived in a petting zoo.”
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“Goat looked out at the animals in the big zoo,
so safe from the wild children.”

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From Where, Oh Where, Is Baby Bear?


 


“Mama Bear sniffs the warm night air. But when she looks around,
Baby Bear is nowhere in sight. ‘Where, oh where, is Baby Bear?’ calls Mama.”

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“They walk through the meadow, around the pond, across the river,
between the birch trees, down the cliff, and into their den.”

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From How to Find an Elephant:


 


“Keep an eye out for elephant footprints. They look like this.
But don’t expect to hear the elephant’s footsteps, because elephants walk on tiptoe.”

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“You are bound to be hungry. So find a soft, shady spot and have your lunch. …”
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HOW TO FIND AN ELEPHANT. Text copyright © 2017 by Kate Banks. Pictures copyright © 2017 by Boris Kulikov. Illustrations used by permission of the publisher, Margaret Ferguson Books, Farrar Straus Giroux, New York.

THROUGH WITH THE ZOO. Copyright © 2017 by Jacob Grant. Illustrations used by permission of the publisher, Feiwel and Friends, New York.

WHERE, OH WHERE, IS BABY BEAR? Copyright © 2017 by Ashley Wolff. Illustrations used by permission of the publisher, Beach Lane Books, New York.

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4 comments to “What I Did at Kirkus Last Week,
Featuring Jacob Grant, Boris Kulikov, and Ashley Wolff”

  1. What a cute little bear cub and elephant, and what a FANTASTIC goat!


  2. I love how you wrote this. Each review captures the best of each book. Helps also that each of these books looks like my favorite kind of picture book (Baby Bear, especially).


  3. Thanks, Jerrold!

    Little Willow: Maaaaa. (That’s my goat sound.)


  4. I, too, an in love with all 3 animals-Wonderful goat, mysterious elephant and my baby boy bear!


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