7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #632: Featuring Hey, Water!

h1 March 31st, 2019    by jules



 
The Horn Book has posted at their site a review I wrote of Antoinette Portis’s Hey, Water! (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House, March 2019). Such a good book, this one. So, I’m sending you over to the Horn Book to read the review here, if you’re so inclined.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Soyeon Kim

h1 March 29th, 2019    by jules


“Clouds rain fresh water to quench your thirst.
Your lungs swell with oxygen that plants create.”

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I’ve got babies on the mind today over at Kirkus.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Laura Purdie Salas’s Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons, illustrated by Mercè López. (I featured some art from the book in yesterday’s 7-Imp post, which is here.) I also wrote last week about Elin Kelsey’s You Are Never Alone, illustrated by Soyeon Kim.

Today, Soyeon (pictured below) shares process images and talks about creating the three-dimensional artwork for this book. I thank her for visiting. I’ve also got some final spreads form the book. (You can also see more about the book and the artwork here.)

Enjoy!

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Lion of the Sky

h1 March 28th, 2019    by jules



 
Last week at Kirkus, I wrote here about Laura Purdie Salas’s Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons (Millbrook, April 2019), illustrated by Mercè López.

Today here at 7-Imp, I’ve got some spreads from the book. (Tomorrow, Soyeon Kim — the illustrator of the other book mentioned in last week’s Kirkus column — will visit to talk about creating the artwork for Elin Kelsey’s You Are Never Alone.)

Enjoy!

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Tania de Regil’s A New Home

h1 March 27th, 2019    by jules

On the title page spread of Tania de Regil’s A New Home (Candlewick, April 2019), we see the outline of the U.S. and Mexico and a dotted line that connects New York City to Mexico City. A boy walks from NYC to Mexico, and a girl heads the opposite direction, on her way to the U.S. Thus begins this story of the anxieties and thrills of moving, told from the point of view of each child, who isn’t just making a move but is also leaving behind a country and its culture.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #631: Featuring Tadgh Bentley

h1 March 24th, 2019    by jules



 
Today, author-illustrator Tadgh Bentley visits to talk about his new picture book, written by Jon Stahl, and to talk us through a bit of the process of having created the illustrations for it. The book, Dragons Eat Noodles on Tuesdays (Scholastic, March 2019), is the engaging story of a blue monster, his little yellow friend, and their attempts to tell a story. These attempts involve a dragon, a cowardly knight, and a brave damsel. As Tadgh explains below, this is the first book written by someone else that he’s illustrated. I thank him for visiting to tell us more about it. Let’s get right to it.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week, Plus What I Did
Last Week, Featuring Ana Ramírez González

h1 March 22nd, 2019    by jules


“Norris sat down next to Elba. ‘I feel something in there,’ he said.
‘What?’ asked Elba, who didn’t feel a thing.
‘Something sad,’ said Norris. ‘I think it wants to come out.’
‘How?’ whispered Elba.”

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Over at Kirkus today, I’m gearing up for April.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Charlotte Agell’s Maybe Tomorrow? (Scholastic, March 2019), illustrated by Ana Ramírez González. I’ve a couple spreads from the book here at 7-Imp today.

Enjoy!

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Poetree

h1 March 21st, 2019    by jules



 
Over at Tennessee’s own Chapter 16 today, I’ve got a Q&A with author Shauna LaVoy Reynolds about her debut picture book, Poetree (Dial, March 2019), illustrated by Shahrzad Maydani.

That Q&A is here, and here today at 7-Imp are some spreads from the book.

Enjoy!

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Welcoming Spring with Bloom Boom!

h1 March 20th, 2019    by jules


“Petals curve. Insects swerve.”
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“In spring,” writes April Pulley Sayre in the closing note of her newest picture book, Bloom Boom! (Beach Lane, February 2019), “flowering plants can bloom a few at a time, over weeks and months. But sometimes, many bloom all at once. There’s a boom of blooms.” And this joyous book celebrates that very thing.

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Lubna and Pebble

h1 March 19th, 2019    by jules



 

The Horn Book has posted a review of Wendy Meddour’s Lubna and Pebble (Dial, March 2019), illustrated by Daniel Egnéus.

This is one of my favorite picture books thus far this year. I had the pleasure of writing the Horn Book review. It’s here.

Until later this week . . .

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #630: Featuring Andrea Zuill

h1 March 17th, 2019    by jules



 
Did any of you see last year’s Business Pig by author-illustrator Andrea Zuill? I didn’t end up writing about it anywhere, but it is a 2018 picture book I enjoyed. Jasper the Business Pig (who prefers flows charts over foraging or mud baths) made me laugh — just to look at him did. Zuill has a distinctive style, and her expressive line work and understated humor bring to life endearing oddball characters. She’s back this year with another awkward and eccentric, yet lovable, character — Sweety.

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