What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Shaun Tan

h1 January 11th, 2019    by jules


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Today over at Kirkus, it’s Elvis in 3D.

That is here.

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I wrote here last week about Shaun Tan’s Cicada (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, January 2019). I’m following up with some art today.

Enjoy!

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Seven Stories of Adventure Before Breakfast

h1 January 9th, 2019    by jules


“I live in a building that is seven stories high.”
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Here’s a peek inside a picture book originally published two years ago but now on shelves here in the U.S. Einat Tsarfati’s The Neighbors has been translated from the original Hebrew by Annette Appel.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #620: Featuring
Up-and-Coming Illustrator, Annelouise Mahoney

h1 January 6th, 2019    by jules


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It’s the first Sunday of the month, dear Imps, which means a student or debut illustrator visits. Today, I have the latter: Annelouise Mahoney’s debut picture book will be released next year, and she’s here today to tell us more about herself and her artwork — and to tell us a bit about that book, too.

I thank her for sharing. 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 Pénélope Bagieu

h1 January 4th, 2019    by jules

Today over at Kirkus, I write about Shaun Tan’s newest picture book, Cicada.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Pénélope Bagieu’s Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World (First Second, March 2018). Today, I’ve got a bit of art from the book.

Enjoy!

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #619: Featuring Ashley Wolff

h1 December 30th, 2018    by jules



 
I’m here to wish you all a happy 2019 with a piece of art (scanned from my own collection) from author-illustrator Ashley Wolff. These colors and textures make me happy, and when I see this, I like to imagine I can hear an owl hooting. Given that I live in Deepest Suburbia, I’m not normally privy to the beautiful call of an owl. But I can go there in my mind when I see this.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring April Harrison

h1 December 28th, 2018    by jules


“‘Remember, what is given from the heart reaches the heart.'”
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Today over at Kirkus, I’ve got my 2018 Ghost File of One.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about the final book from the late Patricia McKissack, What Is Given from the Heart (Schwartz & Wade Books, January 2019), illustrated by April Harrison.

Today, I’m following up with some art from the book.

Enjoy!

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #618:
Featuring Laura Nyman Montenegro

h1 December 23rd, 2018    by jules



 
I love this piece of art from Laura Nyman Montenegro. She shared it on Instagram, and I secured her permission to share it here. Below is what she wrote about it:

Right now, at the darkest time of the year, is the most crazy mashup of tradition and transition and I love that the beautiful little deer plays such a big part in it. Why not sensitive and delicate, moving slowly through the trees? Why not that be where we are going?

Yes yes yessity yes. And how I do love deer.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week, Plus What I Did
Last Week, Featuring Frank Morrison and Brian Pinkney

h1 December 21st, 2018    by jules


“Dropping, scratching, beat juggling/matching wax on wheels of steel.
Wordplay, rhyming, triple-timing, keepin’ the lyrics real.”
— From Carole Boston Weatherford’s
The Roots of Rap:
16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop, illustrated by Frank Morrison
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— From Susan McElroy Montanari’s Hip-Hop Lollipop,
illustrated by Brian Pinkney



 
Over at Kirkus today, I highlight the final book from the great Patricia McKissack, who left us in 2017.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Carole Boston Weatherford’s The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop, illustrated by Frank Morrison (Little Bee Books, January 2019), and Susan McElroy Montanari’s Hip-Hop Lollipop, illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Schwartz & Wade, October 2018).

I’m following up with art from each book today.

Enjoy!

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Noodlephant: A Conversation with
Jacob Kramer and K-Fai Steele

h1 December 18th, 2018    by jules



 
It’s a pleasure to have a visit here today at 7-Imp from author Jacob Kramer and illustrator K-Fai Steele. They are here to chat about their upcoming picture book, Noodlephant (on shelves in January from Enchanted Lion). In fact, this is the debut book for each of them, though 7-Imp readers may remember that K-Fai visited here back in 2017.

This is the story of an elephant, who loves noodles so much that she is famous for her pasta parties and her friends call her Noodlephant. In Noodlephant’s busy town live the kangaroos, always making and enforcing the laws. Unfortunately, the laws are such that they favor the ones in charge. One day, while shopping for a party, a kangaroo notifies Noodlephant that the laws say that noodles are for kangaroos and that “elephants shall only eat sticks and branches.” Read the rest of this entry »

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #617: Featuring Julie Morstad

h1 December 16th, 2018    by jules



 
I’ve had a very busy week and have an even busier one ahead, so I’m not exactly going to wax rhapsodic and in depth today here at 7-Imp on any one brand-new picture book, as I am wont to do on Sundays. I thought I’d post a holiday image, and I have a winter-esque one instead. This is from illustrator Julie Morstad — an image from Sara O’Leary’s When I Was Small, published back in 2012. How I love that book and this image. Julie is one of my favorite illustrators, and if you want to linger at her site (highly recommended), it is here.

May this post find you all as warm — and snug — as the girl pictured here.

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