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Bloom — And a Visit with David Small

h1 Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

“Once upon a time, in a beautiful glass kingdom,there lived an unusual fairy named Bloom. …”(Click to enlarge and see spread in its entirety)   Over at BookPage, I’ve got a review here of Doreen Cronin’s Bloom, illustrated by David Small (Caitlyn Dlouhy/Atheneum, February 2016). As a follow-up to that, David is sharing today some […]

Because I Think Even the Sketches of
David Small Are Sublime…

h1 Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

I do. I think, that is, that even the early versions—the sketches, the doodles, the brainstorms—of author/illustrator David Small’s illustrations are splendid. Above is one from his latest illustrated title, Sarah Stewart’s The Quiet Place, to be released next week by Margaret Ferguson Books/Farrar Straus Giroux. Last week, I chatted with David and Sarah over […]

Sarah Stewart and David Small Visit for Breakfast
(And Kirkus Brings the Coffee)

h1 Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Yes, I’m chatting with Sarah Stewart and David Small today about their latest picture book, The Quiet Place. But we’re chatting with coffee mugs in hand over at Kirkus, instead of at the 7-Imp table. Good thing, ’cause I didn’t clean the table up after last night’s heavy partying. (That is so totally just a […]

What I’m Doing at Kirkus Today, Plus What I Did Last Friday, Featuring Matthew Cordell, Georg Hallensleben, Jon Klassen, Jeff Newman, Christian Robinson, Eric Rohmann, Stephen Savage, David Small, Erin Stead, and Mo Willems (Whew)

h1 Friday, August 17th, 2012

“Tho’ I’m of a darker hue, / I’ve a heart the same as you. … /For love I’m dyin’, my heart is cryin’. /A wise old owl said Keep on tryin’. /I’m a little blackbird looking for a bluebird too. …”— From Renée Watson’s Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills,illustrated by Christian Robinson […]

What David Small Is Up to in 2010

h1 Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

“How Elsie loved that hound from the first moment it greeted her, jumping up and licking her face and then arooooing in her ear. She sang back to it, a childhood favorite, ‘With a bow-wow here, a bow-wow there . . .’ And Timmy Tune sang along. That hound, those hens, that banty rooster, and […]

David Small’s Stitches

h1 Monday, August 24th, 2009

Last year, Caldecott-Medal winner David Small was here for seven questions over breakfast, and he mentioned Stitches as one of his forthcoming titles, sharing this sketch here at that time (June ’08): In today’s post are some panels from the completed book, his new graphic novel memoir for adults, to be released in early September […]

Seven Questions Over Breakfast with David Small

h1 Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

You’d think we’d be pretty blasé about this kind of thing by now. I mean, we’ve been lucky enough to have interviewed a lot of cool, brilliant, amazing people over the past two years. You’d think we’d be all: “Ho hum, here’s yet another person with more talent in his little pinky finger than we’ll […]

Rob Dunlavey on David Elliott’s In the Woods

h1 Friday, March 20th, 2020

  Today, illustrator Rob Dunlavey visits to talk about illustrating David Elliott’s In the Woods (Candlewick, April 2020), a poetry collection that explores 15 creatures in their woodland habitats — from little (the millipede) to large (the moose). Elliott kicks things off with the bear and wraps it all up, gracefully, with the deer. In […]

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #642: Featuring David Ezra Stein

h1 Sunday, June 16th, 2019

Cover art(Click to enlarge)   Hush, Little Bunny (Balzer + Bray, January 2019), written and illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist David Ezra Stein, is a new take on a traditional lullaby. And as many classic lullabies do, it reminds children that their caretaker is there to protect, comfort, and nurture — unconditional love in its […]

What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring David Covell and Brian Floca

h1 Friday, June 29th, 2018

— From David Covell’s Run Wild(Click image to enlarge)   “Crows charge and chase, darting and diving,driving Father Hawk from their roost.”— From Maria Gianferrari’s Hawk Rising, illustrated by Brian Floca(Click image to enlarge)   Over at Kirkus today, I’ve got a picture book I find to be a bit of a balm for one’s […]