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Seven Questions Over Breakfast with David Soman

h1 Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

  Author-illustrator David Soman visits 7-Imp this morning for a cyber breakfast and gives just the right answer to my question about what he would like to have on our cyber-table. “Coffee,” he says. “Coffee and blueberry banana pancakes. With coffee. Sweet Sue’s, a great breakfast joint in somewhat nearby Phoenecia, New York, calls blueberry […]

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #481: Featuring David Litchfield

h1 Sunday, May 1st, 2016

  It’s the first Sunday of the month, which means that here in 7-Imp Land I take a look at the work of an up-and-coming illustrator. Today, instead of a student, I’ve got a debut author-illustrator. David Litchfield’s new book, The Bear and the Piano (Clarion), was evidently inspired (in part) by the White Stripes’ […]

What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Charlotte Voake
(And a Bit from David McPhail)

h1 Friday, February 5th, 2016

— From Beatrix Potter &the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig(Click to enlarge)   — From Say It!   Today at Kirkus, I look at some reissues that make me happy. That link is here. * * * Last week, I wrote here about, in part, Deborah Hopkinson’s newest picture book, Beatrix Potter & […]

Seven Questions Over Breakfast with David Roberts

h1 Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

I couldn’t let 2014 go by without posting this interview with British author-illustrator David Roberts. I’ve enjoyed his books over the years, but he also provided spot illustrations for Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature, the book I wrote with Betsy Bird and the late Peter D. Sieruta, which was released in August […]

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #402: Featuring David Mackintosh

h1 Sunday, October 19th, 2014

(Click to enlarge) Happy Sunday, all … Right here over at BookPage, I reviewed Lucky from British designer and illustrator David Mackintosh, released by Abrams this month. Below, I’ve got some art from it, ’cause you know we just GOTTA take a peek inside the pages.

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #383: Featuring David Soman

h1 Sunday, May 25th, 2014

“And Mama Bear, being a mother, looked at each one of her three little bears,hugged them all very, very tight, kissed the tops of their furry heads,and forgave them. Then she brought them inside for a warm supper.”(Click to enlarge)   Now, wouldn’t this have been the perfect post for Mother’s Day a couple Sundays […]

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #361: Featuring David McPhail

h1 Sunday, December 15th, 2013

I love to see a beautifully-crafted Mother Goose collection, and there’s a new one on shelves — David McPhail’s My Mother Goose: A Collection of Favorite Rhymes, Songs, and Concepts, released by Roaring Brook in October. As the sub-title indicates, these are classic nursery rhymes—McPhail sticks to the most beloved ones and doesn’t throw any […]

What I’m Up To at Kirkus Today,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Nikolai Popov, David Roberts,
Fabricio VandenBroeck,
Ian Wallace, Linda Wolfsgruber,
and a Whole Bunch of Comic Book Artists

h1 Friday, October 4th, 2013

From “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” an English tale; Art by Graham Annable   This morning at Kirkus, I write about an intriguing international import called Laughing Penguins, written by Jesse Goossens and illustrated by Marije Tolman. That link is here. * * * Last week, I wrote about a handful of story collections (of […]

What I’m Up To at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Geneviève Côté and David A. Johnson

h1 Friday, June 7th, 2013

“And, today, she is nervous about her first day of school.” “When everyone’s watching, I hide. I hide like the cat alongside the big chair.I scrunch myself down and pretend I’m not there. When everyone’s watching, I hide.”(Click to enlarge spread)   Today over at Kirkus, I write about why I’m reading a lot of […]

What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring
The Brothers Hilts, The Sisters Klise,
and David Mackintosh

h1 Friday, July 27th, 2012

“The cloud of animals roused and rushed into the night. They weren’t mice at all.They dipped and dived and surfed the air. They squealed with delight.”(Click to enlarge) “My grandpa’s name is Frank. Frank lives at our house, and he’s always around.” “Grammy Lamby left the next morning,but not without giving Larry the secret handshake.”(Click […]