Wrinkles

h1 September 4th, 2019    by jules



 
Here’s a post to highlight a book it makes me happy to see on shelves, especially given the often disparaging cultural conversations around women (in particular) and aging. But Wrinkles (Phaidon, September 2019) from the artist known as JR is supposed to be a book for children, so does it work for them? I think so.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #653:
Featuring Up-and-Coming Illustrator, Christina Rycz

h1 September 1st, 2019    by jules



 
It’s the first Sunday of the month (welcome, September), when I typically feature an illustration student or someone newly-graduated. Today, I welcome the talented Christina Rycz, who just graduated from the School of Visual Art’s MFA program. She shares lots of wonderful art today and shares a bit about herself. Let’s get right to it, and I thank her for visiting today.

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My Kirkus Q&A with Cece Bell

h1 August 30th, 2019    by jules



 
Over at Kirkus today, I’ve got a chat with author-illustrator Cece Bell about her new Chick and Brain beginning reader series. The first book, on shelves next week, is called Smell My Foot!, which is a very funny book. Expect howls of laughter from the beginning readers you know.

If you want to read our chat, you can head here.

Below, I have some early sketches from Cece, as well as some final art (and other fun stuff). I thank her for sharing!

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Spencer’s New Pet

h1 August 28th, 2019    by jules



 
Over at BookPage, I’ve a review of Jessie Sima’s Spencer’s New Pet (Simon & Schuster, August 2019). It takes a surprising turn, this one. The review is here.

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

Enjoy!

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #652: Featuring
My Chapter 16 Q&A with Derrick Barnes

h1 August 25th, 2019    by jules



 
This past week, Tennessee’s Chapter 16 posted a Q&A I did with author Derrick Barnes, who will be at Nashville’s Southern Festival of Books this October. He talks to me about his newest picture book — The King of Kindergarten (Nancy Paulsen Books, July 2019), illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton — as well as the success of last year’s award-winning Crown. You can click on the image above to head to our chat.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Matt Myers

h1 August 23rd, 2019    by jules


Title page art
(Click to enlarge)


 
Over at Kirkus today, I have a tribute to those kicking off the school year in classrooms and libraries with lots and lots of books.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Matt Myers’s Hum and Swish (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House, June 2019). I’m following up today with some of Matt’s preliminary artwork for the book, as well as some final art. I thank him for sharing.

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Ellen Dubreuil’s Happy Compulsion

h1 August 21st, 2019    by jules



 
I’ve been remarkably erratic lately about featuring the work of student or newly-graduated illustrators, which I try to do the first Sunday of each month. Today — in an earnest attempt to make up for my inconsistency — I’m featuring an illustrator whose work I really like. It’s not a Sunday, I know. It’s a wild-card, mid-week kind of up-and-coming illustrator feature. Livin’ on the edge, right?

Her name is Ellen Dubreuil (don’t forget to visit her website, linked there, to see more of her art), and she recently graduated from the School of Visual Arts. She shares more about herself below and also shares lots of artwork, for which I thank her. Let’s get right to it and hand 7-Imp over to her. …

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #651: Featuring Kaya Doi

h1 August 18th, 2019    by jules


“Dring-dring, dring-dring! They hop aboard a boat and …”


 
Here’s a quick post to share some art from the fourth book in the Chirri & Chirra series from Japanese author-illustrator Kaya Doi. Chirri & Chirra Underground (Enchanted Lion, July 2019), translated from the Japanese by David Boyd, features the same inquisitive twins of the first three books, but in this new addition to the series they journey under the earth.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Carolina Búzio

h1 August 16th, 2019    by jules



 
Over at Kirkus today, I’ve got Matt Myers’s newest picture book.

That is here.

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Last week at Kirkus, I wrote here about Lorie Ann Grover’s I Love All of Me (Cartwheel/Scholastic, September 2019), illustrated by Carolina Búzio. I’m following up here today with some art from the book. Enjoy!

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Curiosity, Frustration, and Patience Before Breakfast

h1 August 14th, 2019    by jules



 
I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s newest picture book, Why? (Neal Porter / Holiday House, August 2019). That is here.

Below, Laura shares some early sketches, as well as some final art, from the book.

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