Archive for February, 2019

Andrea Tsurumi’s Crab Cake

h1 Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

“And Crab bakes cakes.”(Click to enlarge spread)

Over here at BookPage, I have a review of Andrea Tsurumi’s Crab Cake: Turning the Tide Together (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, February 2019). And here today at 7-Imp, Andrea shares a peek into the making of this book — some early doodles, thumbnails, an unused dummy spread (“I lost track of how many drafts this book went though,” Andrea says), the various research and texture layers she made for the art, some final art, and more. She also shares a comic all about why she made the book (which I find quite comforting and want to immediately share with all children I know).

I thank her for sharing. It’s a pleasure to have her visit today. Let’s get right to it!

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #624: Featuring Amy June Bates

h1 Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

“One morning, there was a big commotion on the boat. Gittel scrambled up on deck
to see what all the excitement was about. ‘Look, look.’ Everyone pointed
in the same direction as a great cheer arose. ‘There she is.'”

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Let’s take a look today at Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story (Abrams, February 2019), written by the prolific author Lesléa Newman and illustrated by Amy June Bates. It’s the story of a young Jewish girl who plans to emigrate to America with her mother, yet has to take the trip across the ocean alone. It’s based on two true stories from the author’s own family — a story from her grandmother’s childhood, in which she (her Grandma Ruthie) emigrated in 1900 from what she called the “Old Country” to America, as well as a story from a childhood friend of the author’s mother.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring A. N. Kang and Lindsay Moore

h1 Friday, February 1st, 2019

“I will teach the sea’s rhythm to my cubs and whisper to them in the dark.
Polar bears are patient beasts, as patient as glaciers.”
— From Lindsay Moore’s
Sea Bear: A Journey for Survival
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“Squirrel gathers acorn seeds, sturdy little oak nut seeds.
Anticipating future needs, she gathers acorn seeds.”
— From Beth Ferry’s
Squirrel’s Family Tree, illustrated by A. N. Kang
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Over at Kirkus today, I’ve got two new picture books about women breaking the rules.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Lindsay Moore’s Sea Bear: A Journey for Survival (Greenwillow, January 2019), as well as Beth Ferry’s Squirrel’s Family Tree (Orchard/Scholastic, January 2019), illustrated by A. N. Kang. I’m following up today with art from each book.


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