7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #768: Featuring Kevin Cornell

h1 November 7th, 2021 by jules

” … Everyone was happy to donate! Except the traveling clock repairman.”
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I had the pleasure of writing about Kevin Cornell’s New in Town (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, September 2021) over at the Horn Book.

You can read that here, and below are some spreads from the book.



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” … a legend in the annals of EMERGENCY BRIDGE-BUILDING!
And the bridge was quite good, too.”

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NEW IN TOWN. Copyright © 2021 by Kevin Cornell. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York.

* * * 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) Long walks in cooler weather.

2) The first hot cocoa of the season.

3) New music from Hurray for the Riff Raff!


hurray for the riff raff · RHODODENDRON


4) Jason Reynolds’s tribute to Jerry Pinkney.

5) New music from Curtis Harding:



6) New music from the Attacca Quartet (and the album includes pieces from one of my favorite composers, Arvo Pärt).



7) Listening to Karen Peris’s new album over and over … and over this week. She has described it as “an illustrated album, for kids or for anyone who might like songs about walking under trees in a city, seeing dogs from a car window, reading, encountering gentle lions in the public library, listening to the first sounds of the morning, looking at stars, thinking about giraffes, and elephants, and the beauty of the world, the possibility contained in a tiny moment of a day.” Yes, that.



What are YOUR kicks this week?

8 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #768: Featuring Kevin Cornell”

  1. Oh I would like to visit the town of Puddletrunk. What a great name. And the illustrations will be having readers looking at them for hours.
    Jules, yum, hot chocolate and long walks.
    My kicks:
    1. Part 1 of my interview with Janet Wong about her book GOOD LUCK GOLD and MORE. This is a powerful poetry book that delves into some of the racism that Janet experienced as a child. It was her debut book in 1994 and she has reissues it with mini-essays that will resonate with readers today.
    2. Class with Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell.
    3. A new idea.
    4. Stormy days.
    5. Art.
    6. Wine tasting with a friend on Friday (after the storm)
    7. The Infrastructure Bill Passage!
    7.5 Buster on my lap as I type this.
    Have a great week.

  2. What a fun book! Love al the detail in the illustrations.

    Jules – yay for long walks in cooler weather and hot cocoa. Bookmarking all the great music links to check out later.

    Jone – that sounds like a great class and a great interview. Hooray for stormy days and wine tasting.

    My kicks this week:
    1) Like Jone, super excited about passage of the Infrastructure Bill. Hooray for progress.
    2) Reconnecting with an old friend after many many years, and having that comfortable feeling as though no time had passed at all.
    3) Cecily Strong’s Goober the Clown skit was perfection.
    4) Meeting friends for cocktails that turned into dinner. Good conversation and good food on a cold, rainy Friday night.
    5) Watched The Harder They Fall on Netflix and the sheer charisma of that cast is unreal. Very fun (very violent) movie. The women especially – Regina King, Zazie Beetz and Danielle Deadwyler are awesome. Now I want a movie about each of the real life people their characters were based on.
    6) Going through old journals during a particular time in my life and alternately laughing, cringing and being impressed at my younger self.
    7) Still trying to perfect my pumpkin pancake recipe. Today was not the day o for perfect pancakes, but getting closer.
    7.5) Daisy being so happy to go to underwater therapy, then super excited with zoomies once we got home.

    Have a great week y’all!

  3. Hi Imps! Hi Kevin! Cool font.

    Jules: Hot cocoa is the best.

    Jone: Congrats on the interview and the new idea. Hi Buster!

    My kicks from the past week:
    1) Laughter
    2) Looking forward
    3) Space
    4) Sentiment
    5) Sight
    6) Plans
    7) Plain

  4. Hi Rachel! Hi Daisy! 🙂

  5. Jone, thanks for telling us about the interview. I assume it’s online and will go look it up! Hello, Buster.

    Rachel, how I have not hard of The Harder They Fall? Thanks for the tip. Love that second kick (and the first!), and I loved that Cecily sketch too. Hello, Daisy.

    Little Willow, I like your alliterative kicks. And, yes, hot cocoa IS the best. I got a milk steamer for that reason years ago. Mmm.

    Have a good week, you all!

  6. Hi Little Willow! Hooray for laughter!

    Jules – the whole cast is so great! LA Times did a great rundown on the real life people all the characters were (loosely) based on. Stagecoach Mary (Fields) deserves her own movie:

    “In 1895, Fields was contracted by the U.S. Post Office Department to become a mail carrier, the first Black woman and just the second woman to ever do so. She was nicknamed Stagecoach Mary in acknowledgment of her ability to protect the mail from thieves and bandits. She held the position for eight years before her death in December 1914.”

  7. Ahhhh…. I find the best music through your Kicks.

    Your music picks are all 7 of my kicks this week. Thank you!

  8. Rachel, can’t wait to find this and watch it.

    Corinna, yay! That makes me happy to hear.

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