What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Felicita Sala

h1 November 30th, 2018 by jules

“But then he noticed how the sunlight shone through the onion’s layers.”
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Today over at Kirkus, I’ve two new picture books about loss, seeking comfort, and being found.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Alexandria Giardino’s Ode to an Onion: Pablo Neruda and his Muse (Cameron Kids, September 2018), illustrated by Felicita Sala. I’ve some spreads from the book here today.



“Pablo was hard at work, writing a long, sad poem.
His pen whirled. The pages piled high.”

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“Matilde led Pablo to where fennel grew among tomato bushes.
The air smelled like licore and mud.”

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“‘Luminous onion,’ Pablo proclaimed, lifting the onion up high,
‘sad things have always made me cry, but you have made me cry tears of joy!
For that, I will celebrate you as only a poet can. With an ode!'”

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ODE TO AN ONION: PABLO NERUDA AND HIS MUSE. Text copyright © 2018 by Alexandria Giardino. Illustrations copyright © 2018 by Felicita Sala and reproduced by permission of the publisher, Cameron Kids, Petaluma, California.

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