Cornbread & Poppy:
My BookPage chat with Matthew Cordell

h1 January 4th, 2022 by jules


Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell ventures into the world of early readers with his new book, Cornbread & Poppy. Over at BookPage, I chat with him about this. That Q&A is here.

And here is my review of the book.

Below are some early sketches from the book as well as some final art. (Pictured above is the book’s title-page illustration.) I thank Matt for sharing!


Early Sketches:





Four images above: Character sketch and early book sketches


Some Final Art:


“Cornbread was home, putting away all he had foraged from harvest time:
fruit preserves, grains, and cheeses.”


“‘Shouldn’t have waited so long!’ said Old Larry, the town grump.”


“‘Ms. Ruthie went up Holler Mountain to forage for food. She never came back!'”


“Up the mountain they went. The snow continued to fall.”


“Just then, a large shadow flew over their path. They looked up.”
(Click spread to enlarge)


(Click cover to enlarge)


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CORNBREAD & POPPY. Copyright © 2022 by Matthew Cordell. Published by Little, Brown and Company, New York. All images reproduced by permission of Matthew Cordell.

One comment to “Cornbread & Poppy:
My BookPage chat with Matthew Cordell”

  1. I have been waiting for these delightful books! I’m so looking forward to reading them. Thank you.

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