7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #588: Featuring Elly MacKay

h1 May 27th, 2018 by jules

“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.”
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I’ve a review over at BookPage of Elly MacKay’s Red Sky at Night (Tundra, May 2018). That is here.

Today at 7-Imp, I’ve got some of MacKay’s paper dioramas from the book.



“When the dew is on the grass,
no rain will come to pass.”

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“When the wind is from the West,
then the fishes bite the best.”

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“Yellow streaks in a sunset sky,
wind and daylong rain are nigh.”

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“Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning!”
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RED SKY AT NIGHT. Text and illustrations copyright © 2018 by Elly MacKay. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Tundra Books.

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) School’s out for my girls!

2) Neko’s NYT interview.

3) Courtney Barnett’s new album.

4) And then seeing Courtney Barnett cover a song I love:



5) Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “Pa’lante” video:



6) A trip to Providence coming this week. (I’ve never been.)

7) New chimes I can hear from my home office.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

9 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #588: Featuring Elly MacKay”

  1. Good morning. What fabulous art work. Luminous. What makes them paper dioramas? I would love to see the original art.. As someone who loves weather this book may find room on my shelf.

    Jules, Hooray for Summer, chimes, and going to Providence.
    My kicks:
    1. Planting new plants in containers.
    2. Sending off permissions for students to be in the Young Poets Digest.
    3. Coffee with the new teacher librarian.
    4. Hiking part of Mt.Talbert Nature area.
    5. Participating in “More than Meets the Eye” photo exchange ). Exchanging photos and writing a poem for it.
    6. Finished reading PS I MISS You.
    7. Sitting on the deck.
    Have a great week.

  2. Good morning, Imps! Happy almost June!

    Hello to Elly, the sky, the paper, and that striking owl.

    Jules: Happy summer break to your kids. Have a fun trip!

    Jone: Hurrah for the young poets. Enjoy the plants, the photos, and all things.

    My kicks from the past week:
    1) New music
    2) Meeting
    3) Believing
    4) Hoping
    5) Walking
    6) Reading
    7) Sharing

  3. What gorgeous illustrations, I especially love the first one with everyone looking out the window, and the one with whale.

    Jules – hooray for school being out! The Hurray for the Riff Raff song is gutting me right now (in the best way), thanks as always for sharing your music kicks. Hope story time went well yesterday.

    Jone – yay for new plantings, coffee with the new librarian and time spent on the deck.

    LW – love kicks 3 and 4 best this week. Hoping and Believing are high up on my list of good things right now too.

    My kicks this week:
    1) Ireland this past week.
    2) Watching Season 2 of Jessica Jones.
    3) Beautiful weather.
    4) Work is busy.
    5) Lots of sunshine, blooming flowers & the veggies are growing.
    6) Looking forward to the Mr. Rogers movie & Ocean’s 8 this summer.
    7) Daisy & her sweet silly self. She just got a new outside dog cot & has been sunning on it all morning.
    7.5) Grateful for all those who sacrificed for our freedom. Hopeful we can keep that freedom intact in these uncertain times.

    Thanks Jules & all the Imps for always being a bright spot to visit. It makes sometimes rough weeks more bearable knowing there is this little spot of kindness & light in the world.
    Happy Memorial Weekend!

  4. I agree. I love having this space every week to.share.
    LW: Love believing and walking.
    Rachel: Ireland? Lucky you. And sweet Daisy

  5. Jone, yes, they are 3D paper vignettes that she photographs. And are you talking about the teacher-librarian who will be in your library after you retire?

    LW: Walking. Reading. Music. Good week.

    Rachel: They filmed that video in Puerto Rico. … IRELAND. Jealous. I’m with you on your last kick, and thanks for the kicks-space appreciation!

    Have a good week, you all.

  6. Oh guys I WISH I went to Ireland. (Its on the wish list, so hopefully someday.) It was a kick for me because of the recent vote there and seeing all the videos of everyone traveling home to vote in the election and the emotional responses once they repealed the law.

    Have a peaceful Memorial Day!

  7. Ohhhhh, I see. Yes, that is, indeed, a kick, Rachel!

  8. Yes, Jules, our new librarian is on of the kinder teachers. She’s always wanted to be a librarian and is taking classes. The Library will be in good hands.

    Rachel, I’ll admit I thought the trip.to Ireland. Was quick.Now I understand what you meant.

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