Many thanks to our featured illustrator for this week, Taeeun Yoo. She is sharing with us two illustrations from her picture book title from this year, The Little Red Fish. This book is beautiful and so well-designed, and if you haven’t read it and are interested, Jules’ review of it from this past May is here. In the illustration above, JeJe — who is visiting his grandfather’s strange, rather mysterious little library in the forest — has finally found his pet fish (after falling asleep in the darkness of the library). This illustration depicts what happens when he picks up an old, dusty book next to which he thought he saw his pet’s tail flicker.
And — joy! joy! — Taeeun sent us another one, too: JeJe and his grandfather closing up shop and heading home. If you want to find out what happens in the pages between those two illustrations, Jules can promise you that this is like no other book you’ve seen this year. Utterly captivating.
And, quickly, we’ll add that Yoo also has created the cover art for the new, re-designed edition of A Wrinkle in Time (published by Square Fish, May ’07), which was exciting to see. In fact, she’s created the cover art for the entire Wrinkle in Time Quintet, and you can see those illustrations here at her site (click on the thumbnails on the left to see each cover). Or you can see them here at L’Engle’s site. Loveliness. Yes, Square Fish Books — a “children’s book imprint representing the best of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Henry Holt, and Roaring Brook backlists,” according to this link — has released this re-designed edition with “bonus material” — an opening “appreciation” by Anna Quindlen, a short interview with L’Engle, her Newbery Medal Acceptance Speech, and more. Check out this excerpt from the speech, given in 1963:
“Because of the very nature of the world as it is today, our children receive in school a heavy load of . . . analytic subjects, so it is in their reading for fun, for pleasure, that they must be guided into creativity. These are forces working in the world as never before in the history of mankind for standardization, for the regimentation of us all, or what I like to call making muffins of us, muffins all like every other muffin in the muffin tin. This is the limited universe, the drying, dissipating universe that we can hope our children avoid by providing them with ‘explosive material capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly.'”
That last part is L’Engle quoting Bertha Mahony Miller in her article “Frederic G. Melcher—A Twentieth Century John Newbery”; Miller is talking about the “bookstore’s stock trade” there. Anyway, that was 1963, but oh my does that still ring true today, no? The entire acceptance speech is in this new edition of the book, and L’Engle also talked a bit about the writing process in that speech. It’s interesting stuff.
Jules has a copy of this new edition, and it’s not bad. And she just found this site. They’re pulling out all the stops, huh? Nice site. If you’re a fan of the novel, this might just be for you. And Yoo’s cover art is enchanting. We thank her again for sharing some of her Little Fish illustrations with us this week.
For any new folks . . . welcome to our weekly 7 Kicks list, the meeting ground for listing 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. If you’re new, please know that everyone is welcome to leave their lists . . .
As for our lists this week, we are handling it a bit differently today. We were tagged by Nancy (a.k.a. Journey Woman) on Friday. It was her birthday (on Thursday, we believe — happy birthday, Nancy!), and she asked us to list thirty-nine reasons we were happy that day, just as she did in honor of her 39th birthday. So, we did it on Friday afternoon and figured that was a very extended version of a 7-Kicks list. We’ll send you to that post if you want to read our kicks from this week (seven — plus some!) — especially if you haven’t seen the wonderful Mad Tea Party image that illustrator Frank Dormer made just for us! We included it in our 39-Reasons post. Go see!
Please do add your kicks here, as usual, in the comments box. We look forward to reading them!