7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #638:
Featuring John Hare and Tom Sullivan

h1 May 19th, 2019 by jules

— From John Hare’s Field Trip to the Moon


— From Tom Sullivan’s Out There


Want to head into inky-black outer space with me today? I have a BookPage feature about John Hare’s entertaining Field Trip to the Moon (Margaret Ferguson Books/Holiday House, May 2019) and Tom Sullivan’s trippy and thought-provoking Out There (Balzer + Bray, May 2019).

That’s here, if you’d like to head to BookPage and read about both books. Today here at 7-Imp are some illustrations from each book.



From Field Trip to the Moon:


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From Out There:


“Yeah! There could be creepy extraterrestrials with big heads, watching us. …
What about evil robots with tentacle arms?”
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“Or maybe there are cool aliens with blasters,
and planets with futuristic cities.”
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“Wait a second — you don’t actually believe in aliens … do you?”
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FIELD TRIP TO THE MOON. Copyright © 2019 by John Hare. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Margaret Ferguson Books/Holiday House, New York.

OUT THERE. Copyright © 2019 by Tom Sullivan. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, 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 * * *

I’m keeping it short this week, because I’m spending half of my weekend in Knoxville, Tennessee, at their wonderful children’s festival of reading, where I’ll moderate the picture book panel discussion. So, my blogging time is limited. But this festival, which is always a blast — plus getting to see some old friends, which I plan to do — definitely constitutes my seven kicks. I’ll be back Sunday.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

5 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #638:
Featuring John Hare and Tom Sullivan”

  1. Ooh, what two marvelous books. The art work is intriquing.
    Jules, what a wonderful weekend…books, writers, authors, friends!
    My kicks:
    1. Poetry teaching.
    2. Hummingbirds at the flowers.
    3. Writing group.
    4. Finished The Flood Girls, a book recommendation from oldest grandgirl…it might be her first cross over book as it seems like a book adults might read for book club.
    5. Janet Wong’s A Suitcase of Seaweed and More.
    6. Spontaneous coffee with a friend.
    7. Chuck’s pizza.
    Have a great week.

  2. Good morning, Imps! Hello, John, Tom, and company! You all might like Elohim’s music video Connect, animated by Oksana Kurmaz.

    Jules: Have fun at the festival!

    Jone: Hummingbirds are so magical!

    My kicks from the past week:
    1) Funny puns
    2) Music
    3) Harmony
    4) Movement
    5) Questions
    6) Answers
    7) Fun

  3. Love these illustrations, especially the fun with crayons from Field Trip to the Moon.

    Jules – have fun at the festival!!

    Jone – I love hummingbirds, and have 2 feeders in my backyard just for them. Yay for book recs from grandgirl, coffee with a friend and Chuck’s pizza.

    LW – Kicks 2, 3 and 4 flow so well. And yay for funny puns and fun.

    My kicks this week:
    1) Another busy week, done.
    2) Fun with my hair stylist.
    3) Finally saw Avengers: Endgame and really enjoyed it as the end of an era of those films.
    4) Binged all of Fleabag Season 2 and loved it so much.
    5) My supportive network of girlfriends – nice to be able to have that support when needed, as well as be one of the ones giving support when needed.
    6) Time spent in the garden yesterday. Much needed recharge for the coming week. Planted tomato starts in the veggie garden, and some hostas and begonias for a shade-filled garden. Redoing the rest of the hanging baskets today.
    7) Daisy is rocking her water rehab for her post-knee-surgery recovery. She had her first session Friday and second session this morning and is doing very well. I actually was able to watch some video of her on the underwater treadmill today – she’s so cute!
    7.5) Game of Thrones tonight. No matter what happens, its been a fun 10 years of following these stories.

    Have a great week everyone!

  4. Jone, it must be so fun to share book recommendations with your granddaughter. And now I’m intrigued by that book.

    Thanks for the music, Little Willow. … You may be happy to know my girls are pun-lovers. The oldest, in particular, is always listening for puns she can make. She’s pretty darn good at it, too.

    Rachel: DAISY ON AN UNDERWATER TREADMILL! The cuteness slays. … I should have mentioned GOT, too. I’m happy to see Arya exploring the unmarked places on maps. She may rule the world one day. … Love your fifth kick the most.

    Have a good week, you all!

  5. Rachel: Go Daisy!! I’m so glad physical rehab is helping her!

    Jules: High-five her for me, please.

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