7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #661: Featuring Oge Mora

h1 October 27th, 2019 by jules

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I’ve a review over at BookPage of Caldecott Honoree Oge Mora’s newest picture book, Saturday (Little, Brown, November 2019). So good, this one. You can head here to read the review, and below are some spreads from the book, as well as a few preliminary images from Oge. I thank her for sharing.


Preliminary Images:


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Final Art:


“This morning Ava and her mother were all smiles. …”
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SATURDAY. Copyright © 2019 by Oge Mora. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Little, Brown and Company, New York. Preliminary images reproduced by permission of Oge Mora.

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) I’m inordinately excited to see this documentary (below) coming together. If you like what you see here, consider donating to their Kickstarter campaign, which is here. Or please please spread the word about the film — to everyone you know who cares about children and the books we give them.

2) Meeting and talking with the fabulous person behind a new Middle Tennessee initiative that will get books in the hands of children — Nashville Book Connection.

3) This fabulous idea.

4) No, really. I can’t stop listening to Elbow’s new album. (Mentioned it last week but still sooooooooo good that it’s become a perma-kick.)

5) It was exciting this week to see the winners of the 2019 Kirkus Prize, especially Colson Whitehead (Fiction category) for The Nickel Boys and Jerry Craft for New Kid (Young Readers’ Literature).

6) Halloween costumes that actually came together in time.

7) My husband’s quick, calm thinking in the midst of the small fire I created yesterday in our toaster oven (and in the midst of my utter PANIC). RIP, toast.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

8 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #661: Featuring Oge Mora”

  1. We need more books about the wonders of Saturday. I loved having a peek at the process.
    Jules, I love the Caldecott Torch too. And how exciting for Whitehead and Craft.
    My kicks:
    1. A teacher stopped by when I was subbing and told me how much his class loved the copy of NEW KID I had given him.. He has a 3, 4, 5 Spec Ed Class. I tweeted about that exchange and Jerry Craft responded. So kind.
    2. Scuffing leaves on my walk.
    3. A nail biting football game with the OR Ducks.
    4. Frost on the roofs this morning.
    5. A letter from a former student.
    6. Continuing the #inktober and #poemtober.
    7. The brilliance of the autumn colors.
    Have a great week.

  2. Howdy, Imps! Hope you are all doing well + have a safe and happy Halloween week ahead.

    Hi Oge Mora! Thanks for sharing your story and art here.

    Jules: I hope Story & Pictures hits and exceeds their goal! Glad that everything’s safe after that seventh kick. Yay for costumes! Elbow Elbow Elbow.

    Jone: Happy inktober and poemtober!

    My kicks from the past week:
    1) Managing
    2) Persevering
    3) Sharing
    4) Music
    5) Laughter
    6) Stories
    7) Safe

  3. The colors and emotion in the illustrations really capture the magic that is Saturday when you are a kid (or not a kid).

    Jules – glad the small fire was contained, I love that Caldecott torch, and yay for halloween costumes coming together.

    Jone – this week we have had some gorgeous weather haven’t we? It’s really been highlighting the leaves and colors of the season. Sounds like you had a lovely week.

    Little Willow – really love the flow of kicks 4-7.

    My kicks this week:
    1) Got to see Sara Bareilles in concert – so so good. Her voice is simply perfection and her rapport and engagement with the crowd is always a fun time.
    2) Got to attend the Animal Law Conference in Portland this weekend and hear from lawyers & scientists working all over the world on behalf of animals.
    3) The event was completely vegan and the catering was superb all weekend.
    4) I have never been to a legal conference with such incredible snacks. (I know that’s probably a weird thing to say, but seriously, usually its just tiny candy bars – this was new snacks for every break and they were all fabulous.)
    5) Got to reconnect with my animal law professor – she runs the program at my alma mater and has overseen its growth from 2 animal law classes to well over 20 and a litigation clinic – its one of the best in the country.
    6) Meeting lots of smart, talented and compassionate humans working to make a difference.
    7) Meeting law students from all over the country committed to working to make the planet a better place.
    7.5) Getting to come home to sweet Daisy.
    BONUS – getting to dress Daisy up for Halloween photos.

    Have a wonderful happy Halloween week Imps!

  4. Rachel: Love Sara Bareilles! YAY for people working on behalf of animals!! What is Daisy’s costume this year?

  5. Jone, love that first kick. Happy Fall and happy gorgeous-weather!

    LW: Heartwarming, kick-ass kicks, as always.

    Rachel: I echo Little Willow’s question about Daisy’s costume. Also, what a GREAT week you had. I didn’t even know such conferences existed, but how wonderful that they do. And inspiring. And what was one of the yummy vegan snacks? Inquiring minds wanna know.

    Have a good week, you all!

  6. Little Willow and Jules – not totally decided on Daisy’s costume – since she was naughty and snagged a donut off the table this afternoon, probably her Olaf costume because it is the silliest.

    The snacks were quite impressive – today was vegan voodoo donuts and vegan smoothies. Yesterday, one break had organic dark chocolate truffles with coconut and popcorn, another break had make-your-own trail mix and soft pretzels, another was chocolate drizzled organic oat bars. It was A LOT of food. Very very good food.

  7. Rachel, yum. My husband has gone vegan, so I might have to look these up.

  8. Rachel: We’ll need pictures of Daisy in costume, you realize.

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