7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #669: Featuring Dasha Tolstikova

h1 December 15th, 2019 by jules

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Hello, imps! I don’t have a picture book for you today, but I do have this lovely piece of art from author-illustrator Dasha Tolstikova. She made this in honor of St. Lucia’s Day, a Scandinavian holiday celebrated this past Friday.

I love to see Dasha’s work. (Here is her 2016 7-Imp visit, and here was her very first visit back in 2013.) And her site says that she is currently working on her debut as a picture book author, a book called The Bad Chair, which will publish next year. This is definitely something I look forward to in 2020.

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 going to keep things short this week, because Christmas shopping looms large in my weekend.

My kicks, one to seven, are that I was asked to chair the 2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. I’ll be working with two other judges to determine the winners for the 2020 awards. I’m very excited. There is a lot of reading ahead of me, and I’m really looking forward to it!

What are YOUR kicks this week?

5 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #669: Featuring Dasha Tolstikova”

  1. Good morning, I hope we will be treated to The Bad Chair when it gets published next year. I love the St. Lucia illustration.
    Jules enjoy Christmas shopping. And huge CONGRATS on being selected to chair the 2020 Boston Globr-Horn Book Awards. What an honor.
    My kicks:
    1. Lunch with my brother, his daughter, and Chuck yesterday.
    2, Taking my niece, Hannah and her dog, Sarge, home to Gig Harbor.
    3. My niece’s incredibly positive attitude about her disease.
    4. Decent driving weather.
    5. My oldest grandgirl’s first high school swim meet.
    6. Poetry filled week.
    7. Friends.
    Have a great week.

  2. Hi Imps! Welcome back, Dasha! I hope you are all enjoying a lovely holiday season.

    Congrats, Jules! I hope you have a wonderful time reading and discussing.

    Jone: Sounds like a happily social week!

    My kicks:
    1) Why not?
    2) Managing
    3) Trying
    4) Continuing
    5) Pursuing
    6) Purposeful
    7) Purpose

  3. Jone, my best to Hannah! Please keep us updated, if you’re so inclined. Hello to Chuck!

    Why not, indeed, LW. I like the Little Willow-energy behind these kicks.

  4. Love this art – had to do a quick internets search about St Lucia’s Day and stumbled across this picture, which echoes the artwork: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gibilee/11356929724 (if you click through to the left, there are more photos of the kids in their pre-singing prep and better views of crowns, hats and candles.

    Jules – congratulations!! How wonderful that you were selected to chair the 2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards!

    Jone – Hooray for Hannah and her positive attitude! Hi to Sarge! (And hi to Buster!)

    Little Willow – love the why not! Also really love kick 3 – trying.

    My late kicks this week:
    1) Had my last trial for the year on Friday and clearly the luck of St Lucia shone on us because we won! Another great outcome for a very deserving client and so nice to end the year with a win.
    2) Having a very snuggly Daisy on Friday night and Saturday since she was happy to have me home.
    3) More Christmas baking, this time added espresso chips to one of my best chocolate chip cookie recipes.
    4) Christmas shopping.
    5) Watching Christmas movies I have never seen before. (Tonight’s was Noel – never heard of it but it had Robin Williams, Paul Walker, Alan Arkin, Penelope Cruz and Susan Sarandon – good for wrapping presents to.)
    6) Two of the feral kitties in the neighborhood now come running for morning treats and purr and let me pet them a little. They are very cute, and I would love to socialize them enough for someone to adopt them. (Daisy would eat them so we cannot.)
    7) Putting up outdoor Christmas lights – a very lazy approach to outdoor lights, but it looks nice, so I might add some more.
    7.5) Lots to do this week and so very excited that I get to enjoy the last week before Christmas with a much lighter workload.

    Have a great week everyone!

  5. Rachel: KITTIES!

    I have not heard of that movie, but I DID read about one yesterday (on the Disney+ channel) with Bill Hader and Anna Kendrick. It’s called Noelle. I think. I’m intrigued!

    Love your first kick.

    Good luck with your work this week!

    Have a good week, everyone!

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