Jules: Eisha and I are excited to be featuring Boris Kulikov this week. We are huge fans of his illustrations, and he has sent us one this week from his upcoming illustrated title, The Castle On Hester Street by Linda Heller (originally published in 1982, but re-illustrated by Kulikov and to be published by Simon & Schuster in late October 2007). We have yet to see the book but were really thrilled that Mr. Kulikov decided to share with us an illustration which cannot be seen on his site yet. Here’s a description of the book from its home on Simon & Schuster’s site:
“A flying goat, buttons the size of sleds, and a castle on Hester Street are some of the widely imaginative stories Julie’s grandpa tells her about his journey from Russia to New York many years ago. But Grandma’s no-nonsense memories are far different from Grandpa’s tall tales.
This classic story, which reveals the immigrant experience with wit and warmth, won the Sydney Taylor Book Award when it was originally published with Linda Heller’s own illustrations. Now, on its twenty-fifth anniversary, The Castle on Hester Street is given new life with Boris Kulikov’s vibrant paintings.”
Many thanks to Mr. Kulikov for these beautiful illustrations, which grace our site this week. We particularly love that opening illustration, as it sits at the very tip-top of 7-Imp’s world up there, seeming to float as those proud parents in the picture are.
By way of explanation for any new folks (who we hope will leave their lists), our weekly 7 Kicks list is 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.
1* I love the Boris Kulikov illustrations, especially that first one. Doesn’t it remind you of Marc Chagall, with the dancing-on-air people and the donkey and the whole whimsical feel? I can’t wait to read the book.
2* Since I’ve been temping at a financial firm, I’ve realized that I don’t really have any grown-up clothes. Being a children’s librarian in Cambridge, MA meant I could wear almost anything I wanted - which for me usually meant corduroys and Docs. So I went to T.J. Maxx, hoping to find one or two pairs of decent pants. But I got so incredibly lucky - there were tons of cute pants in the petite section for once, and I came away with 6 pairs (and 2 skirts). It was a little extravagant of me, but they were so cheap and cute and actually fit me that I couldn’t help myself. But that’s it, no more new clothes until I get a real job. Pinky promise.
3* Saturday the husband and I checked out Ithaca’s Apple Harvest Festival, which was a blast. There was a zydeco band playing while we wandered from booth to booth, eating and drinking many fabulous things, such as…
4* Hard apple cider
5* Potato pancakes
6* and the most brilliant caramel apple ever - it was sliced up in a bowl, then covered with caramel sauce, nuts and whipped cream. Oh. My. God.
7* I am getting so excited about the 1st Annual Kidlitosphere Conference next weekend in Chicago I can’t stand it. I am so looking forward to meeting everyone who’s going, not to mention actually getting to be in the same state with my BFF Jules. Woo!
1). This article about author/illustrator Kevin Henkes, “the Mick Jagger of children’s literature.” He describes books in this write-up as offering a home to a child, “a home where they can grow and be nourished.” Right on. And he has a new YA novel coming out. And a new picture book for Fall ‘08. “He writes and draws by hand - no computers involved. He writes the first draft of his novels in spiral notebooks and types the final draft on a typewriter his wife purchased when she was in college.” Whoa. And his discussion of the details of his picture books? Kickin’. Just go read it if you like him. Great article, and thanks to scholarlybrio for the link.
2). Watching a library copy of this with my girls. My youngest has been walking around singing, “Milk in the batter! Milk in the batter!” from the animated In the Night Kitchen, which makes my Sendak-worshipping heart very happy.
4). “Cowboy & Octopus Travel the World!” — a trailer for the new book. Hoo ha! (I love the “I didn’t do it” at Stonehenge and the floating croissants in Paris). Haven’t seen the book yet — but will soon. And they even have a blog!
5). This fabulous, wonderful, well-researched blog about deaf characters in children’s and YA lit, which I could have used so much when I was librarian at the Tennessee School for the Deaf. Thanks to Fuse for the link.
6). The tribute to librarians that is The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians, written by Carla Morris with illustrations by Brad Sneed (Peachtree Publishers; March 2007). I love how School Library Journal wrote, “Sneed makes it possible for readers to smell the very bindings of the books and hear the shuffle of feet across the carpeted floor.” Go, Marge! Go, Leeola! Go, Betty!
7). Last but not least . . . The 1st Annual Kidlitosphere Conference will occur in less than a week! How exciting, huh? We won’t be here listing our kicks next weekend, but for anyone not conference-going who wants to stop by, we will have an illustration so kickin’ that I hate that lots of bloggers (who will be in Chicago) will miss it. (To be clear, the illustrator knows that lots of bloggers won’t be around; we have already featured his work before). This illustration will kick off the month of October, and it will be fitting in its spooky (yet somewhat tongue-in-cheek) Halloween-is-coming tone . . . Can’t wait to meet a lot of you next weekend!
What are your kicks this week?