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Poetry Friday: America’s Favorite Children’s Poet,
Shel Silverstein . . . In the Buff

h1 Friday, July 20th, 2007

{Note: Today’s Poetry Friday round-up is over here at Mentor Texts & More}. Yes, in the buff. Nudey camp! Nudey camp! (Just trying to get your attention again). But really, there is a bit of Uncle Shelby’s bare bum in this book. Seriously now, I was drawn to the New Books shelf at my local […]

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #529: Featuring Corinna Luyken

h1 Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Today, debut author-illustrator Corinna Luyken visits to talk about The Book of Mistakes (Dial), which will be on shelves in mid-April. This beautiful book, which celebrates the imaginative, playful spirit of an artist letting mistakes guide her work, is more than just an embracing of the artistic process, both messy and lovely. It’s also quite […]

“I have seen this … perhaps thirty times
and am still not anywhere near the bottom of it …”

h1 Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

“The old woman fed them steaming bowls of soup and creamy pudding. Once they had eaten their fill, she led her two young guests into a cozy room and tucked them into clean, warm beds. ‘Can you believe how lucky we are?’ Gretel asked drowsily.‘It is hard to believe,’ said Hansel.”(Click spread to enlarge)   […]

Robo-Sauce for Breakfast:
A Visit with Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri

h1 Monday, October 26th, 2015

” … If only there were some sort of magical ‘Robo-Sauce’that turned you into a giant awesome robot …”   Author Adam Rubin and illustrator Daniel Salmieri are visiting this morning to talk about their newest book, Robo-Sauce, just released by Dial last week. It’s the story of a boy who drinks a sauce that […]

Seven Questions Over Breakfast with Daniel Miyares

h1 Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Author and illustrator Daniel Miyares—whose most recent picture book is Float, published by Simon & Schuster in June (and the subject of my Kirkus column here)—visits for breakfast this morning. Normally, he tells me, he has merely a hot cup of Earl Grey tea with a splash of milk in the fabulous mug his wife […]

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #424: Featuring C. G. Esperanza

h1 Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

“With her trunk she grabbed a brush and joined my little game.”   This morning at 7-Imp, I welcome artist C. G. Esperanza (Charles, pictured right), whose newest book is from Sky Pony Press. Red, Yellow, Blue (And a Dash of White, Too!), a promising author-illustrator debut, was released this month. Charles has previously illustrated […]

A Visit with Darren Farrell

h1 Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Author-illustrator Darren Farrell (or is it Shel Silverstein?) visits 7-Imp this morning to talk about his work and to give me a sneak-peek at his upcoming 2015 book, Stop Following Me, Moon! (pictured above). I asked him about his inspirations, and then he took it from there, as you’ll see below. This is Darren’s third […]

Seven Questions Over Shots with Nick Bruel

h1 Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

(Click to enlarge)   Author-illustrator Nick Bruel is serious about breakfast. When I ask him what pretend-breakfast-of choice we’ll pretend-have over pretend-coffee this morning, his answer is detailed (right after my own breakfast-lovin’ heart): Choice? Well, the finest breakfast dish I ever had was an oatmeal crème brulee from a hotel somewhere in Miami. It […]

Seven Questions Over Breakfast with Kevin Sherry

h1 Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

That really should say six questions over breakfast. And no Pivot Questionnaire, which my visitor today, author-illustrator Kevin Sherry, opted out of. This is fine. He’s a busy guy, because as you can see here, he doesn’t just create books. He also dons his big blue bear head to entertain crowds of dancing children, guitar […]

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 […]