Archive for May, 2018

Bear, Sheep, Hilary

h1 Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Last week at Kirkus, I talked board books with author-illustrator Hilary Leung. (That is here.)

Today, I’m following up with some art from his new board book series.

Until tomorrow . . .

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A House That Once Was:
A Visit with Julie Fogliano and Lane Smith

h1 Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Pictured above is a preliminary image from Julie Fogliano’s A House That Once Was (Roaring Brook, May 2018), illustrated by Lane Smith. This, Lane says, was his attempt to use “very absorbent newspaper, but the line here was a little too blobby and uncontrollable.”

Lane sent a few other roughs from the book, as well as some final art, which you can see below. Both Lane and Julie also share a bit below about the book’s creation.

I’ve reviewed the book here over at BookPage, if you’d like to read more about it.


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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #588: Featuring Elly MacKay

h1 Sunday, May 27th, 2018

“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.”
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I’ve a review over at BookPage of Elly MacKay’s Red Sky at Night (Tundra, May 2018). That is here.

Today at 7-Imp, I’ve got some of MacKay’s paper dioramas from the book.


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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Chiara Carrer

h1 Friday, May 25th, 2018

“Pablo is an Argentine boy who lives in Mexico. His parents took refuge there after escaping the military dictatorship that ravaged their country. …”
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Over at Kirkus today, I’ve got sisters and cousins on the mind.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Seven Pablos (Enchanted Lion, May 2018), written by Jorge Luján, illustrated by Chiara Carrer, and translated from the Spanish by Mara Lethem. I’m following up with some art today.

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My Kirkus Q&A with Hilary Leung

h1 Thursday, May 24th, 2018

I love puzzles. Crafting these stories has been a challenging puzzle at times, but ultimately more enjoyable and satisfying.”

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Over at Kirkus today, I talk with Hilary Leung, who has just written and illustrated his first board books, two titles in a new series.

The Q&A is here. Next week, I’ll follow up here at 7-Imp with a bit more art from each book.

Until tomorrow . . .

Jerry & Remy & Thirteen

h1 Monday, May 21st, 2018

Over at Tennessee’s wonderful Chapter 16, I have a piece up about Thirteen, the 1975 picture book collaboration between Remy Charlip and Jerry Joyner, which the New York Review Children’s Collection has released this month in a new edition. Jerry currently lives here in middle Tennessee and has so for many decades now.

I’m sharing the wonderful photo above with Jerry’s permission. It’s an old photo of Jerry (far right) with Remy (third from the left) and their friends Jacques and Sylvia on a trip to Greece. The photo was taken by an unknown street photographer.

I’ve also got a few spreads from Thirteen below (if you want to take a peek at the art), as well as a current photo of Jerry.

The Chapter 16 piece is here. (You will read over there that Jerry will speak at Parnassus Books this week, so heads-up, if you happen to live in middle Tennessee.)

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #587: Featuring Benjamin Flouw

h1 Sunday, May 20th, 2018

“Every evening, sitting in his armchair, Fox likes to leaf through old botany books,
looking for the next new plant to add to his collection.”

I wrote a review for BookPage of a picture book originally published in French last year — Benjamin Flouw’s The Golden Glow (Tundra, May 2018). That review is here.

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

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week

h1 Friday, May 18th, 2018


Over at Kirkus today, I’ve got Seven Pablos (on shelves next month), a thoughtful new picture book, written by Jorge Luján and illustrated by Chiara Carrer. Translated from the Spanish by Mara Lethem, it addresses the lives of seven different boys (all with the same first name), who live in both South America and North America.

That is here. I’ll have art from it here at 7-Imp next week.

Until Sunday . . .

The Art of Rashin Kheiriyeh

h1 Thursday, May 17th, 2018

— From Hannah Eliot’s Ramadan


From Saffron Ice Cream: “Turns out chocolate crunch is a pretty good flavor too.
I can’t wait to write and tell Azadeh all about it.”

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Last week over at Kirkus, I chatted here with illustrator Rashin Kheiriyeh about her two brand-new books, Hannah Eliot’s Ramadan (Little Simon/Simon & Schuster, April 2017) and Saffron Ice Cream (Levine/Scholastic, May 2018). Rashin has published over 60 books in countries all over the world. Saffron Ice Cream is the first book she has both illustrated and written in English.

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


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Julián Is a Mermaid: A Chat with Jessica Love

h1 Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

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I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Jessica Love’s Julián Is a Mermaid (Candlewick, April 2018), a book you’ll want to be sure to read this year. The review is here. Please, do go read all about this spectacular book.

And then come back, because I’m following up here at 7-Imp today with a chat with Jessica, as well as some art from the book (and some preliminary images). That is below.


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