7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #571: Featuring Eric Comstock

h1 January 28th, 2018 by jules

“The word parade is about to begin ….”
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Happy Sunday to all! I’ve got a review at BookPage of Judy Sierra’s The Great Dictionary Caper (Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster, January 2018), illustrated by Eric Comstock.

That is here at BookPage, and today at 7-Imp I’ve got some spreads from the book.


“Words can get bored. They sit in the dictionary,
day in, day out. It’s time for a break.”

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“Action verbs LOVE to show off.”
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“The no-action contractions NEED SOME HELP.”
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THE GREAT DICTIONARY CAPER. Text copyright © 2018 by Judy Sierra. Illustrations copyright © 2018 by Eric Comstock and reproduced by permission of the publisher, Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster, New York.

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 youngest daughter packed me a lunch when she found out I often skip it, and she left a sweet note in my lunch bag. (I’m always impressed by how consistently kind both girls are. May they always be so.)

2) Renewed focus on a writing project.

3) Eisha and her boyfriend were in town this past week!

4) Book club plans tonight, where we plan on looking at stacks and stacks of wonderful 2017 picture books, since …

5) … the ALA Youth Media Awards will be announced in 14 days!

6) I don’t know if this link will work, but this very enjoyable Twitter thread took up entirely took much of my time.

7) My girls have created their Caldecatt seal, the criteria for their fake award being a book that is a) well-written and -illustrated and b) has a main character, not necessarily limited to the purrtagonist, who is a cat who DOES STUFF. (The cat can’t just sit there, they have stipulated.)



What are YOUR kicks this week?

10 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #571: Featuring Eric Comstock”

  1. Judy Sierra’s book looks like a ton of fun. Love Eric Comsrock’s illustrations.
    Jules book club with picture books? SO.FUN. And I love the girls’ Caldecott Medal.
    My kicks:
    1. Lunch with a friend.
    2. Students.
    3. Reading The Lying Game by Ruth Ware.
    4. No school tomorrow. End of semester.
    5. Crochet.
    6. Poetry postcards.
    7. Texts from grandgirls.
    Have a great week.

  2. Happy Sunday Imps! Love the action verbs showing off & the idea that words get bored.

    Jules – what a lovely reflection back to you that you have raised your girls to be such kind humans. And yes, may they ever be so. Also love their Caldecatt seal & your book club plans. Yay for getting to see Eisha! Sounds like you had a week chock full of goodness.

    Jone – Enjoy your day off! And sign me up for Poetry Postcards please! (Or tell me how to sign up & I will hop to it.)

    I’ve been away for work in another town for several weeks, & missed all of you & this space. My kicks cover this past week & some of the previous ones as well:
    1) Collaborative work with incredibly smart, good, talented people – felt so lucky to be a part of the team.
    2) Late nights & the occasional all-nighter to get the work done.
    3) Unanimous jury verdicts & getting the right result for a client, followed by tears & hugs.
    4) Getting to come home to sweet sweet Daisy. Dogs really are the best.
    5) Jade Hameister, 16 year old explorer & youngest to achieve the Polar Hat Trick: https://twitter.com/bigthink/status/956327125837123584
    6) Wild deer & wild turkeys coming to visit us at the rental house while out of town.
    7) Long drives that allowed time to soak up old songs I’d forgotten that I love. Lots of Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Linda Rondstadt, & some fun 80’s stuff.
    7.5) Catching up with a friend on Friday afternoon.
    9) Looking forward to the mega-super-blue-blood-moon on Wednesday!

    Have a wonderful week Imps! Its so nice to be back….

  3. Hi, Imps! Hi, Eric! I like the color palette, and I dig the action words!

    Jules: That’s so sweet and thoughtful of her to make lunch for you. I love the Caldecatt seal! (PURRTAGONIST!!!) Cheering you on – Write on! Hi Eisha & co!

    Jone: Enjoy the extra day off, the poetry, and the visits!

    My kicks for the past week:
    1) Good work
    2) Good job
    3) Good routine
    4) Good food
    5) Good times
    6) Good nap
    7) Good plans

  4. Rachel! Welcome back! 🙂

  5. Love the look of this book – what FUN illustrations. My kiddos will really enjoy this book.
    Awesome kicks, and I agree with the others. Hope you report back on your book club night, Jules.
    Kindness – yes!!!

    My Kicks:
    1. Finished and LOVED The War I Finally Won
    2. The gorgeous scent of a potted Hyacinth that is blooming in my kitchen – such a thoughtful gift from a friend
    3. Reorganized the play room
    4. Much recycling as a result of above project
    5. The sheer joy of first and second graders reading A Perfect Day by Lane Smith
    6. Fresh flowers (which I love!) from my hubby (who rarely remembers!) who then sheepishly admitted that my 4 year old was the one who insisted
    7. Banana bread

  6. Here I am!

    Jone: Happy day off! I’d love to get a poetry postcard too, if possible. Do you have my current address?

    Rachel, I’ve missed you too! I also worry about regular kickers if they don’t show up (Mama Jules), but then I know people have the right to stop commenting too. I’m glad you were just busy with work. I enjoyed those kicks. Full of rewarding work, good friends, good music, sweet Daisy.

    Little Willow: I also applaud your kicks, especially a good nap.

    Allison: My report on the book club: We had a VERY LOOSEY-GOOSEY informal vote, not following the math the real committee would, and the results were: 1) Wolf in the Snow, 2) Windows, 3) The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse. I think four was The Little Red Cat … (McDonnell). IT WAS SO HARD TO VOTE. I don’t envy the real committee.

    I really loved The War I Finally Won. Wow, those are both great books by Kimberly. I love your fifth kick too.

    Have a good week, you all!

  7. Rachel: OMG JADE IS MY HERO.

  8. No kicks, I just want to say I wish to support the Caldecatt organization in any way possible. I want this to be a thing very badly. blaine.org/caldecatt?

  9. There is certainly room at blaine.org for a Caldecatt page!

  10. Thanks for reporting back the votes of your book group. I am SO hoping for Windows to get some appreciation (and hopefully an award of some sort!).

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