7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #597: Featuring Tove Jansson

h1 July 29th, 2018    by jules


” … Thingummy muttered, ‘Flazing blame.’
Bob said, ‘It’s hed hed rot!
Smorld up in woke — a sheadful drame,
When smorld is all we’ve got!'”

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Here’s a picture book that arrived on shelves in April but was created in 1970 and is publishing for the first time in North America. The Dangerous Journey was the last picture book completed by the legendary Finnish author-illustrator Tove Jansson. This new edition, published by Drawn & Quarterly, was translated by Sophie Hannah.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Kitty Crowther

h1 July 27th, 2018    by jules


“‘I’ve got you now!’ Zhora exclaimed. She had discovered the most beautiful blackberry in the whole forest. But now she had to find her way home,
and she was not at all sure how.”


 
Over at Kirkus this morning, I’ve got two new picture books celebrating the imagination of Mary Shelley.

That is here.

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Today here at 7-Imp is some art from Stories of the Night (Gecko, September 2018). This set of stories, from Belgian illustrator and Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award recipient Kitty Crowther, was originally published last year and translated by Sam McCullen. I wrote about it in my Kirkus column last week, and as I mention there, this one was evidently illustrated, at least partially, with make-up. Well, who knew, right?

Enjoy!

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Animus

h1 July 26th, 2018    by jules



 
Last week, I chatted here at Kirkus with Antoine Revoy. We discussed his eerie debut graphic novel, Animus (First Second, May 2018).

Today here at 7-Imp, I’m following up with some art from the book.

Until tomorrow …

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #596: Featuring Paul Hoppe

h1 July 22nd, 2018    by jules


“He calculates, backs up, and shoots at the perfect time.
The crowd goes wild. WAAAAAA!!!”

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In Mina Javaherbin’s Neymar: A Soccer Dream Come True (FSG, May 2018), illustrated by Paul Hoppe, readers meet international soccer star Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (a.k.a. Neymar) as a boy. He lives with his family in his grandpa’s house in Brazil and dreams of soccer stardom.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Barbara McClintock

h1 July 20th, 2018    by jules



 
Over at Kirkus today, I’ve a Swedish picture book import.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Cheryl Bardoe’s Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain (Little, Brown, June 2018), illustrated by Barbara McClintock. Today, I’m following up with some images from Barbara, which include what she calls “inspiration, sketches, little tiny cut-out things, and lots of double-stick tape.” She takes us through the process of creating several of these beautiful spreads, and some final art is included. I thank her!

Enjoy. …

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My Kirkus Q&A with Antoine Revoy

h1 July 19th, 2018    by jules

I love working in full color, but I considered that this story would be better told in black and white, because it would give more emphasis to textures. Animus is about looking at things which are very familiar more closely, or in a different way (tree bark, stones, insects), so this was both a practical and esthetic choice. ”

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Over at Kirkus today, I talk with Antoine Revoy about his debut graphic novel, Animus.

That is here, and next week here at 7-Imp, I’ll follow up with some more images from the book.

Until tomorrow …

The 5 O’Clock Band

h1 July 18th, 2018    by jules


“‘If you understand tradition and you keep it alive, you will be a great bandleader.'”
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Over at BookPage, I’ve a review here of The 5 O’Clock Band (Abrams, June 2018), written by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and illustrated by Bryan Collier.

I’ve got some spreads from the book here at 7-Imp today.

Enjoy!

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #595:
Featuring A Big Mooncake for Little Star

h1 July 15th, 2018    by jules


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I’m doing something a little bit different today and sending you over to the Horn Book. I reviewed Grace Lin’s A Big Mooncake for Little Star (Little, Brown, August 2018), one of my very tip-top favorite picture books thus far this year. (I said that on Friday, too, about this book, but they are both top-five favorites for me.)

The review is up at their site here.

And how about that cover art up there?

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Mudrika Devi,
Andy Mansfield, T. Mohan, Paresh Ratva,
Mansingh Vyam, and Fiona Woodcock

h1 July 13th, 2018    by jules


— Illustration by Mudrika Devi in Beasts of India,
edited by Kanchana Arni and Gita Wolf

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— From Fiona Woodcock’s Look
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— From Andy Mansfield’s See the Stripes
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Today over at Kirkus, I take a look at one of my favorite picture books thus far this year.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Beasts of India (Tara, June 2018), edited by Kanchana Arni and Gita Wolf and illustrated by various artists; Fiona Woodcock’s Look (Greenwillow, July 2018); and Andy Mansfield’s See the Stripes (Candlewick, March 2018).

I’ve art from each book today. Enjoy!

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Grandad Mandela

h1 July 12th, 2018    by jules


“‘So apartheid was over?’ asked Ziwelene. ‘That’s right. And do you know how he did it?
He got his enemies to sit with him around a table.'”

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I’ve some spreads today from Ambassador Zindzi Mandela’s and illustrator Sean Qualls’ Grandad Mandela, which Mandela wrote with her grandchildren Zazi and Ziwelene. This is a follow-up to a Q&A I did last week at Kirkus with Ambassador Mandela and Sean.

Enjoy!

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