Jules: Many thanks this week to Jonathan Bean for contributing an illustration from the seven-kinds-of-wonderful The Apple Pie That Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson (Simon & Schuster; July 2007) for our kicks list today. Here we see the young girl in the book just waking and spotting her farmer father trotting off to that apple tree to start plucking apples in order to bake his daughter that scrumptuous apple pie, “warm and sweet,” which she and her papa eventually share with the farm animals who live there with them and who have their eyes set squarely on that delicious concoction throughout most of the book. If you haven’t seen this picture book yet, you’re in for a treat (excuse the bad pun). The illustrations are most beautiful. In an illustrator’s note in the book, Jonathan explains that each illustration is composed of three separate drawings, done on separate sheets of vellum paper, with only the colors red, yellow, and black, having scanned the colors into his computer. You really just have to see this lovely creation.
Jonathan also illustrated the perfect-perfect-simply-perfect At Night, reviewed here by Yours Truly (can you tell that I liked it?), published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in July. And, finally, he also did the illustrations for the middle-grade novel Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell (Henry Holt; August ‘07), which Eisha and I co-reviewed here (Jonathan included an acrobatic rat in flip-book format in this novel; it’s great fun!), as well as the illustrations for the chapter book Mokie & Bik (also Henry Holt, published this June), which Eisha and I plan to co-review soon.
Whew. I think that’s all he’s done this year, but we might have actually missed something. He’s immensely talented and quite prolific, yes? Thanks again to Jonathan for letting us feature one of his illustrations today.
For my kicks this week, I’m doing something slightly different. We’re going to feature picture books all week this week here at 7-Imp, so I composed a post that includes seven of my current picture book kicks (leading off with The Apple Pie That Papa Baked as numero uno). But I put them into a separate post for those of you who perhaps don’t get into picture books (shocking!) and wouldn’t want to read my ramblings about them. Plus, it would have made this kicks list so unbearably long. Plus, if you’re rolling your eyes at me for being an insufferable Picture Book Nerd, I wouldn’t blame you. I promise I’ll get back to real-life kicks next week.
In fact, yesterday I had a Big Kick. My daughters and their grandmother and my husband and I got to visit the three bears’ cottage (though, disturbingly, they were out in the woods letting their burgers, and not their porridge, cool. Hubba wha? Wubba huh?); my daughters even left some notes for Baby Bear. And we saw Jack’s cottage with the beanstalk reaching into the sky — and the giant’s castle way, way above, atop the beanstalk. (I don’t think my three-year-old’s eyes have ever been so big!). And we saw the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. And we walked into the Secret Garden. And we saw Mr. McGregor’s garden — from Peter Rabbit’s point-of-view, no less. And we saw the witch’s candy cottage, but Hansel and Gretel had already hightailed it outta there.
And I mean we saw-them saw them! Not in a book or on any kind of screen or even on a stage. We actually walked into them and explored them. I’ll have to explain next week! But, again, this week I just wanted to do something different and to kick off our upcoming Picture Book Week here at 7-Imp. So, if you’re interested, here’s my separate 7-Kicks picture book post!
I think Eisha’s having more Internet woes again, but she hopes to chime in soon with her kicks. Happy holiday weekend to all. Hope folks are around to list their kicks . . .