What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Julie Morstad

h1 March 18th, 2016 by jules

“soon we will go to the beach / where we will swim /
and eat plums and peanut butter sandwiches …”


This morning over at Kirkus, I’ve got a small picture book round-up. That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Julie Fogliano’s first poetry collection, When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, March 2016), illustrated by Julie Morstad. Today, I’m following up with some paintings from the book, which Julie M. sent. They are sans text.



“from a snow-covered tree
one bird singing …”

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“… there i will be
and you will find me

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“the ocean can carry
with outstretched arms, palms up and pushing forward,
treasure to the shore …”

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“if you could take a bite
out of the middle of this morning …”

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“i like it here
on this side of winter …”

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“i’m too tired to think about trees
or the way the wind moves through them …”

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“… the green that stays
is cold and alone
in a forest
slightly bored …”

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“… beautiful outweighs the snow”
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“once there was a snowstorm …”
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WHEN GREEN BECOMES TOMATOES: POEMS FOR ALL SEASONS. Copyright © 2016 by Julie Fogliano. Illustrations copyright © 2016 by Julie Morstad. Published by Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook Press. Illustrations here used by permission of Julie Morstad.

3 comments to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Julie Morstad”

  1. These are terrific, Jules. We are big fans of her work here at our house. Nice to see these spreads without text.

  2. Every single painting is STUNNING. I want them all on my walls. Big fan of that Julie Morstad. Thanks for this post, Jules!

  3. Just read and LOVED this–gorgeous, playful, zen!

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