7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #766: Featuring Oge Mora

h1 October 24th, 2021 by jules


I’ve a review over at BookPage of Anne Wynter’s spectacular debut picture book, Everybody in the Red Brick Building (Balzer + Bray, October 2021), illustrated by Oge Mora.

You can read that here, and below are some of Mora’s dynamic spreads.


“Until … Baby Izzie sat up in her crib and howled. …”
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“Back in her mother’s arms, Baby Izzie snuggled close …”
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EVERYBODY IN THE RED BRICK BUILDING. Text copyright © 2021 by Anne Wynter. Illustrations copyright © 2021 by Oge Mora and reproduced by permission of the publisher, Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

* * * Jules’s Kicks * * *

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.

1) The new album from Lowland Hum (“At Home”) is sooooooooo good. Here’s one of my favorite songs on it …

2) A lighter workload, which has left me more time for …

3) … reading. (I’m reading an older Maggie O’Farrell book, since Hamnet spoiled me.)

4) I’m also finally reading Kiley Reid’s Such a Fun Age, and I’m struck by how well she writes about children:

Briar asked questions like, “Why can’t I smell that?” or, “Where is that squirrel’s mama?” or, “How come we don’t know that lady?” Once, after Briar tried zucchini for the first time, Emira stood in front of her high chair and asked the toddler if she liked it. Briar chewed with her mouth open and looked all over the room as she articulated her response. “Mira? How, how . . . because — how do you know when you like it? Who says when you like it?”

5) Bike rides and long walks.

6) Chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese icing.

7) So sad to hear about Jerry Pinkney’s death, but so grateful for the books he brought us while he was here.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

8 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #766: Featuring Oge Mora”

  1. Hi Imps! Hi to Oge Mora and everyone in the red brick building!

    Jules: Yay for a lighter workload, and yay for good entertainment and nature.

    My kicks:
    1) Meeting deadlines
    2) Beating deadlines
    3) Fresh salad
    4) Boundaries
    5) Conversations
    6) Good actors
    7) Good times

  2. That red brick building and the residents. Love One Mora’s art.
    Jules, Which O’Farrell book are you reading? And chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting!
    Little Willow, fresh salad, yum!
    My kicks:
    1. Subbed in 5th grade Friday.
    2. Got to teach poetry.
    3. Discovered you can print out poems from the app: Padlet. (will be next Friday’s Poetry Friday)
    4. Creating Art Trading Cards to send out.
    5. Having a poem in Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong’s new anthology: THINGS WE DO.
    6. IBBY”S Children in Crisis Fund (#6 is fundraising for it)
    7. Such today at a favorite restaurant(Papa Hayden’s) with friends.
    Have a great week.

  3. I meant lunch…not such. #7

  4. Love all the bright colors and all the neighbors in the red brick building.

    Jules – hooray for a lighter work load and the gifts that brings. Chocolate cupcakes – yum! Thanks for sharing the music, its perfect for today’s rainy, windy, melancholy vibe.

    Little Willow – really love kicks 1 and 2 and 6 and 7 this week. Way to go on those deadlines!

    Jone – congrats on your poem being included in the anthology! Papa Haydn’s! Yum! What did you get for dessert?

    My kicks this week:
    1) Being safe and cozy on the sofa with Daisy while it’s rainy and windy outside.
    2) Daisy making friends with the new neighbors. She really does think everyone she meets is her friend.
    3) Finding an old picture that triggered memories of the haunted old west saloon in a small town in New Mexico where I worked after college.
    4) Finding the book with an interview and photo of my coworker Emma who saw ALL the ghosts.
    5) WWDITS – Colin Robinson’s 100th birthday party! Oh my goodness but I couldn’t stop laughing.
    6) Insecure starts again tonight!
    7) Meeting up with 2 law school classmates for drinks. One lives out of town and was visiting and it was so fun to be out and catching up with both of them.
    7.5) Lazy Sunday mornings with Daisy and good coffee.

    Have a great week Imps!

  5. Little Willow: I certainly understand the thrill of meeting a deadline (though, gloriously, I’ve had a weekend of none of them).

    Jone, I’m reading The Hand That First Held Mine. Congrats on kick #5! How exciting! Can’t wait to see it.

    Rachel: WWDITS! BUT THAT ENDING? WHUT! And thanks for the reminder about Insecure. I’d forgotten. Can’t wait to see how it ends. … So glad you enjoyed a lazy, rainy Sunday morning.

    Have a good week, you all!

  6. Jules – I cannot wait til the next WWDITS because I am sure they are going to come up with something even more bonkers for Colin Robinson. After all, Baron Afanas came back.
    But that final Colin Robinson scene was so shocking and so so funny. I love that show so much.

  7. Jules, I bought that O’Farrell book through Thriftbooks. I have it on my TBR pile. I keep borrowing from the library. LOL!
    Rachel, Cafe Au Chocolate…so rich!

  8. Jone: I want to read ALL her books.


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