7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #564: Featuring Christine Roussey

h1 December 10th, 2017 by jules

“We wander over to the pond and listen to the drip, drip of the water, the bloop, bloop
of the fish, and the
ribbit, ribbit of the frogs.”
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I’ve a review over at BookPage of Christine Rousssey’s My Lazy Cat (Abrams, November 2017). This one is a French import, originally published in 2016.

The review is here, and I’m following up today with two spreads from the book.


“Our stomachs gurgle. So we munch on berries and cherry tomatoes and pick plums
and pears off the trees. I haven’t done this since I was on vacation at
Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Now we are full and sleepy.”

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MY LAZY CAT. Originally published in French in 2016 under the title MON CHAT BOUDIN by Éditions de la Martinière, a division of La Martinière Groupe, Paris. This edition published in 2017 by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS, New York. Illustrations used by permission of Abrams.

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) Congressman John Lewis. Always. But especially for this from this week.

2) The oldest daughter’s smile. (She got her braces off this week.)

3) The whole family is going tonight (I’m typing this on Saturday) to see Andrew Bird live on his Gezelligheid tour. It will be in a beautiful church in downtown Nashville, and Bird describes the show as “the pursuit of those things which get us through the darkness.” I just read Joan Shelley will be there, too, whose music I love. Here is Andrew in a video I saw earlier this week at NPR:


4) Rachel Brosnahan in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. And the music, for which Sam Phillips (my favorite) and her husband are responsible.

5) Making moves to cut way back on some social media, which is just what I needed.

6) Jerrold Connors, my writing partner (on a project I’ve been thinking about for a long time), and his patience with me.

7) St. Vincent unplugs for my favorite song on her new album:



What are YOUR kicks this week?

14 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #564: Featuring Christine Roussey”

  1. Jules, My Lazy Cat sounds lovely, and I can’t wait to read your new writing project!


    1. My brothers! JP is getting married this month and he’s really happy. 😀


    3. Getting to contribute to the Calling Caldecott series on the Horn Book blog.

    4. Bacolod City, a city in the Philippines with a lot of amazing artists.

    5. Iloilo City, a city in the Philippines with a lot of amazing writers.

    6. Kids. <3

    7. I'm a remote intern for Prospect Agency!!!

  2. Tarie! I love your kicks, and I love that you contributed to Calling Caldecott. Congrats again on your last very very exciting kick, and OH MY GOSH, congrats to JP!

  3. Hello Imps. Looking forward to.My Lazy Cat.
    Jules, cutting back on social media is always good. Looking forward to hearing more about your new project.
    Tarie, happy to see you hear. Congrats to your brother as well as your internship.
    My kicks:
    1. Missed last week because my daughter was visiting from Medford. Loved having her here.
    2. Multicultural fair at school yesterday. So many families and tradituons represented.
    3. Discovering I have a photo credit in a book, Leo’s Gift by Susan Blackaby. It’s her author photo.
    4. Interview with Michelle H. Barnes on her book, The Best of TLD, 2016.
    5. Writing haiku for #haikuforhealing
    6. Thirty students for Poetry Rocks.
    7. Time with friends.
    Have a great week.

  4. Jone, congrats on the photo publication. So cool. I’ll have to look for that. So good that you had time with both friends and family this week.

  5. Good morning, Imps! Happy holidays!

    Hello to Christine and the cat and the berries and the treats.

    Jules: High-five to your daughter! Have fun at the concert. Huzzah for a well-played violin. Nice.

    Tarie: Congrats to JP and congrats to you for being a part of CC.

    Jone: Congrats on your photo credit. Yay for the poetry events. That’s excellent.

    My kicks from the past week:
    1-2-3) Auditions
    4) Selection
    5) Opportunities
    6) Interest
    7) Happiness

  6. Ooh, “selection” sounds like maybe some auditions went well, Little Willow. BREAK A LEG on this week’s!

  7. Hello, Jules! Writing this on Monday morning in South Korea, Sunday evening in US. 🙂

    1. So obviously – I’m home with family!
    2. Lazy weekday morning.
    3. Doing everything at the family kitchen table – I love hanging out at the kitchen table. I work, read, draw, while other families eat, hang out, talk.
    4. Watched an incredible animation “Loving Vincent.” It was done by more than 100 artists, over 10 years, using more than 60,000 oil paintings. Very inspiring.
    5. Making plans to travel with families.
    6. I’m working on a sequel to my second book, No Kimchi for Me!
    7. Getting a haircut this week!

    Have a lovely start of the new week. 🙂 <3

  8. Hi Aram! I also saw Loving Vincent. It is something else, right?

    Your sixth kick is exciting. Best of luck! Glad you got to see family this week.

  9. Thanks, Jules! 🙂

  10. Wow – such goodness all around! Lovely book. Thank you for sharing it.
    Amazing kicks!!!!!! Everyone seems to be doing so well.
    Jules, look forward to hearing about the new project.
    Congrats to the Calling Caldecott reviewers!
    My Kicks:
    1. My blog review of The Ring Bearer was on Calling Caldecott this past week – such an honor to have been asked.
    2. Laryngitis
    3. new picture books
    4. gift of a snowman coaster (is there a cooler word for these?) holder
    5. grateful to have not been near the wildfires in LA, but so sorry for those who suffered fear and loss.
    6. my Little’s newfound obsession with reindeer
    7. doing legos with my bigger Little like when he was 5.

    Have a great week everyone!

  11. My Lazy Cat looks wonderful. I really love the cover art, and the cat eating the tomatoes.

    Jules – hope the concert was fun! Yay to smiles without braces! And very excited for the new project! I saw the first episode of Miss Maisel and really loved it, looking forward to having time to see more.

    Tarie – congrats on the internship! And to your brother JP!

    Jone – congrats on the photo credit. Sounds like you had a lovely visit with your daughter and a really great week.

    LW – Love kicks 1-3! And especially love kick 7!

    Aram – time with family is always so nice, and so is a lazy weekend.

    Allison – glad you and your family are safe.

    My kicks this week:
    1) Busy.
    2) Meeting comic Rebecca Corry and her pups Sally and Todd at Standup for Pits last Sunday.
    3) Making new friends at Standup for Pits who are also dog lovers.
    4) “The Daily Coyote 10 years in pictures” book I’d ordered several copies of (1 for me, others for presents) arrived this weekend and the photographs are stunning. I started skimming the essays/chapters and cannot wait for more time to dive in.
    5) In sillier kicks, BuzzFeed’s list of 100 Genius tweets from 2017 is pretty kicky.
    6) A walk around Mt Tabor in the cold sunshine with a friend – we went in late afternoon and caught a beautiful sunset.
    7) New pajamas for Daisy. She is extra snuggly in colder weather.
    7.5) Getting in the holiday spirit – still no tree, but almost done with Christmas shopping.

    Happy Holidays Imps! Have a wonderful week!

  12. Allison, thanks to you, too, for contributing to Calling Caldecott this past week. Hope your laryngitis clears up soon. I’m glad you and yours are safe. Those fires … just horrible.

    Rachel: I am really enjoying Miss Maisel. Let me know what you think. Sam and her husband, Eric Gorfain, chose all the wonderful music you hear. … I saw Daisy’s PJs on social media. Sweet Daisy! I love your sixth kick, in particular.

    Have a good week, you all.

  13. Jules: I shared some Guy Garvey lyrics for Poetry Friday: https://slayground.livejournal.com/863499.html

  14. Yay!

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