7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #568: Featuring
Up-and-Coming Illustrator, Deena So’Oteh

h1 January 7th, 2018    by jules



 
It’s the first Sunday of the month, dear Imps, which means I like to turn 7-Imp over to an illustration student. Today, I have Deena So’Oteh, who is originally from Russia and is a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Deena shares many pieces of artwork today and tells us a bit about herself. Let’s get to it. I thank her for visiting.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week, Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Stephanie Graegin, Steve Jenkins, Roger Mello, Christiane Pieper, and Andrea Tsurumi

h1 January 5th, 2018    by jules


— From Steve Jenkins’ and Robin Page’s Who Am I?: An Animal Guessing Game


 

“Put some mustard in your nose, which then, proceed to lick.”
— From Anushka Ravishankar’s
Hic!, illustrated by Christiane Pieper


 

“Feather, hidden in a tuft of grass, didn’t make a sound.”
— From Cao Wenxuan’s
Feather, illustrated by Roger Mello
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— From Andrea Tsurumi’s Accident!


 

— From Stephanie Graegin’s Little Fox in the Forest


 
Today over at Kirkus, I write about three new picture books featuring some remarkably talented and fearless women.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Stephanie Graegin’s Little Fox in the Forest (Schwartz & Wade, February 2017); Anushka Ravishankar’s Hic! (Tara, September 2017), illustrated by Christiane Pieper; Steve Jenkins’ and Robin Page’s Who Am I?: An Animal Guessing Game (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, November 2017); Andrea Tsurumi’s Accident! (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2017); Cao Wenxuan’s Feather (Elsewhere Editions, September 2017), illustrated by Roger Mello; and The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine (Random House, September 2017), written by Mark Twain and Philip Stead and illustrated by Erin Stead.

I’ve got art today from each book — and, in some cases, some early sketches, etc. — but I’ll have a separate post later about the Twain/Stead book. More on that soon.

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Can I Touch Your Hair?

h1 January 4th, 2018    by jules


In my Kirkus column today, I write about this candid book.

That is here.

I’ll follow up next week here at 7-Imp with some spreads.

Stay warm, dear Imps!

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #567: Featuring Rowboat Watkins

h1 December 31st, 2017    by jules


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Happy New Year’s Eve Day, dear Imps!

Today’s image is from Rowboat Watkins. He’s one of my favorite illustrators, so I asked him if he had anything to share. The bottom portion of the image is a sneak-peek at Rowboat’s Big Bunny, which will be released this Spring from Chronicle Books. Next to that is what Rowboat calls glum Santas on champagne corks, as well as some painted marshmallows. You can click on the image to see it more closely.

I thank Rowboat for sharing. His art always improves the quality of my day.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Amy Schwartz

h1 December 29th, 2017    by jules



 
Over at Kirkus today, I have my 2017 Children’s Book Ghost File.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Amy Schwartz’s newest picture book, 100 Things I Love to Do with You (Abrams Appleseed, December 2017). I’m following up today with a bit of art from the book.

Enjoy!

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Celia’s Zines

h1 December 28th, 2017    by jules


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Last week, I chatted here with author Celia C. Pérez about her debut novel, The First Rule of Punk (Viking, August 2017).

Today, she’s sharing some of the zines from her book! (I’m excited. I love seeing these.)

Enjoy!

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Merry Christmas from 7-Imp!

h1 December 25th, 2017    by jules

Here’s my favorite Christmas image of all, which I saved for Christmas Day. It’s from Sergio Ruzzier.

Happy holidays to all!

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #566: Featuring Daniel Miyares

h1 December 24th, 2017    by jules


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Merry Christmas Eve Day, dear Imps!

Today’s image is from author-illustrator Daniel Miyares. Don’t you love it? We don’t have snow like that near Nashville. Not yet. We are just getting a whole lot of rain.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring
Chuck Groenink, Yoko Maruyama, and Greg Pizzoli

h1 December 22nd, 2017    by jules


“‘Excuse me, but I’ve lost my way. I’m cold and tired. May I please stay?’
Will says, ‘Yes, I’ll scooch a bit. There’s room for two — I’m sure we’ll fit.'”
— From Linda Ashman’s
William’s Winter Nap,
illustrated by Chuck Groenink


 


“I could only think of one person for the job — me!”
— From Yoko Maruyama’s
Little Santa


 


“On the FIFTH day of Christmas,
my true love gave to me . . .”
— From Greg Pizzoli’s
The Twelve Days of Christmas
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Amy Schwartz has a new picture book! I write about that over at Kirkus today.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Linda Ashman’s William’s Winter Nap (Disney-Hyperion, October 2017), illustrated by Chuck Groenink; Yoko Maruyama’s Little Santa (Minedition, October 2017); and Greg Pizzoli’s The Twelve Days of Christmas (Disney-Hyperion, September 2017). I’m following up today with some art from each book.

Enjoy!

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My Kirkus Q&A with Celia C. Pérez

h1 December 21st, 2017    by jules

I’ve mentioned in a few interviews my desire to see more stories about brown weirdos, because that’s something I never saw as a kid — brown people who were outside the ‘mainstream.’ Growing up in a predominantly immigrant neighborhood and attending schools with a similar demographic, there weren’t many kids who were into books or writing or art or music. And that’s not to say that those two things don’t go together; I just never saw it in my sort of insulated world. I didn’t start making zines or really get into punk until I was in college, but these are both things that if I’d had any exposure to as a twelve-year-old, I would have eaten up.”

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Over at Kirkus today, I talk with debut author Celia C. Pérez, pictured here, about her middle-grade novel, The First Rule of Punk (Viking, August 2017).

The Q&A is here. Next week, I’ll follow up here at 7-Imp with some more of the zines in her book!

Until tomorrow …