7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #616: Featuring Taeeun Yoo

h1 December 9th, 2018 by jules


“Every hour he makes his rounds, alone.”
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I have a review over at BookPage of one of my very favorite picture books this year, one that is especially perfect for preschool-aged readers. It’s John Sullivan’s Kitten and the Night Watchman (Paula Wiseman Books / Simon & Schuster, September 2018), illustrated by Taeeun Yoo.

The review is here, if you’d like to read more about it. Today here at 7Imp, I have some art from the book, and Taeeun also shares some early studies, thumbnails, etc. (Pictured above is an early character study, as well as a final spread from the book.) I thank her for sharing.


Some Preliminary Images:


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Studies of cat and watchman
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Early sketch
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Some Final Art:



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KITTEN AND THE NIGHT WATCHMAN. Text copyright © 2007, 2018 by John Sullivan. Illustrations copyright © 2018 by Taeeun Yoo. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Paula Wiseman Books / Simon & Schuster, New York. Preliminary images reproduced by permission of Taeeun Yoo.

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) A proposal sent off!

2) Jerrold, my co-author!

3) NPR announced their best 100 songs of 2018, and I love their first choice. There can be no other first choice. And I love how Rodney Carmichael writes about it in that link.

4) Lucy Dacus’s “Night Shift” (speaking of songs).

5) And Cat Powers’s “In Your Face” (speaking of songs again).

6) My family and I have been bingeing Brooklyn Nine-Nine all year on Hulu. It very quickly became a favorite. (We are nearly done with all the seasons that exist and eagerly await the new season premiere this coming January.) Just the other night, I saw the episode that shows us how Captain Holt texts, and I have never in my life on this good green earth seen anything funnier.



7) D. B. Johnson’s new comic strip.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

8 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #616: Featuring Taeeun Yoo”

  1. Thank you for introducing us to Kitten and the Night Watchman. It’s wonderful. I can see kids getting into it.

    Jules, congrats on the proposal. I bet that feels good. I’ve not seen Brooklyn Nine-nine.
    My kicks:
    1. Two sub days.
    2. Hugs from students.
    3. December haiku.
    4. A haiku accepted for FrogPond, the Haiku Society of America publication.
    5. Lunch with friends.
    6. The play, Scrooge.
    7. Finding the notebook.with student, staff, and community well wishes.
    Have a great week.

  2. KITTEN! Oh my goodness, that is SO cute. The study sketch with all the variations is the cutest. Thank you for sharing, Taeeun Yoo!

    Good morning, Imps! Happy holidays!

    Jules: Congrats on the proposal! Go go go! I like what I’ve seen of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and would like to see more, but I always forget to tune in when it airs live, and I don’t have Hulu, so I’ve only seen a few reruns so far.

    Jone: Congrats on the haiku! 🙂

    My kicks from the past week:
    1) Visit
    2) Schedule
    3) Plans
    4) Attempts
    5) Calm
    6) So it is
    7) Future

  3. Jone, I still love that you’re subbing. And your last kick is pretty great.

    Little Willow: Your sixth kick is some good Zen life-lessoning there. (I just made “lesson” a verb.)

    Jone AND Little Willow: Brooklyn Nine-Nine is soooo good. SOOOOOOOOO good. Best comedy ever. Pretty much.

  4. I always let the fact that I have trouble reaching a full seven kicks keep me from posting. I’ll do my best to flex my gratitude muscle here. Let’s see:

    1. (easy) My writing partner keeping this project on track!
    2. Finding a thumbnail for a story I made a few years ago and finding it still cracked me up.
    3. My son hanging out in my studio two nights this week and drawing next to me.
    4. Watching an 83 year old man swim a 400yd individual medley.
    5. A staff photo I’m actually happy with.
    6. Found a $15 brush I bought and thought I lost.
    7. Oh! Found a copy of Plink, Plink, Plink on ebay!

  5. Oh yeah, I’m thankful for your ongoing Calling Caldecott posts even if I’m having a hell of a time keeping up with them. So many books!!!

  6. Jerrold, all good kicks, especially the third and fourth. Also, seven cheers for Plink, Plink, Plink.

  7. Fly by posting tonight.

    This book looks so sweet!

    Jules – congrats on sending off the proposal, thanks for the music links, and will have to check out Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

    Jone – sounds like such a lovely week!

    LW – So it is seems like it fits well with Make it so. Love it.

    Jerrold – yay for writing partners keeping you on track, your son drawing next to you in the studio, and inspirational 83 year old swimmers.

    My one big kick is having a few minutes to swing by here to see the illustrations and read everyone’s kicks. Have a great week everyone!

  8. Thanks for stopping by, even when swamped, Rachel. I want to say it’s not the same without you, which it isn’t, but then I never ever want to make people bad for not stopping by. I know you all have lives!

    Have a sunny, productive week, all!

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