The Wind of the Book

h1 August 23rd, 2016    by jules


“So the little giant asks the rain, What color is the wind?
The rain knows nothing.”

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Well, it occurred to me this morning that I’ve been blogging for ten years now. No better way to celebrate than to share some beautiful art, just like every other day in 7-Imp Land.

Here’s what I have for you today: Some art from Anne Herbauts’ What Color Is the Wind? (coming from Enchanted Lion in early October). This is a book originally published in France in 2011, which went on to win the Prix Sorcières, an annual children’s lit award in France. Incidentally, Herbauts is my age-ish (I think she’s four years younger), and she’s evidently published over 30 picture books and graphic novels and has been nominated three times for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. I’m feelin’ kind of lazy today. She’s prolific, huh?

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #497: Featuring B. B. Cronin

h1 August 21st, 2016    by jules


“In his green living room are seats, saucers, statues, and two socks.
Where are Grandad’s socks?”

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This morning here at 7-Imp, I’m highlighting some spreads from Brian Cronin’s The Lost House: A Seek and Find Book, coming to shelves at the end of September from Viking. The book was just given the Gold Medal by the Society of Illustrator’s Original Art 2016 jury. (Read here for more information.)

In this story, readers enter a world of electric, saturated hues, meeting two grandchildren who are ready to head to the playground with their grandfather, but they can’t quite get out of the house. Grandad is forgetful and keeps asking them to help him find what he needs — his socks, his teeth, his umbrella, his bow tie, his cloth tote bag, etc. (though I like how the Publishers Weekly review notes: “To call this a seek-and-find book doesn’t come close to conveying the eccentricity of newcomer Cronin’s creation”).

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week

h1 August 19th, 2016    by jules



 

I’ve got a graphic-novel round-up here at Kirkus today.

Until Sunday …

My Q&A with Renée Watson: I, Too, Arts Collective

h1 August 18th, 2016    by jules

Langston’s poetry was an early mirror for me. As a child, I didn’t read many novels where the characters looked like me, talked like me, were concerned with the same issues I was worried about. Poetry was where I found my people. In the lines and stanzas of Langston’s poems, my grandmother called out to me, my dark skin and crinkly hair was beautiful, and the stories of my ancestors were honored. There was strength, anger, grace, and ambition all there for the taking. I needed that as a child, and I believe our young people need that now. “

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Over at Kirkus today, I talk to children’s book and YA author Renée Watson, pictured above, about I, Too, Arts Collective, her initiative to turn the brownstone in Harlem where legendary poet Langston Hughes once lived into “a space for poets, a space to honor his legacy.”

That is here this morning.

Until tomorrow …

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Photo of Renée taken by NAACP and used by her permission.

The Moon Inside

h1 August 16th, 2016    by jules


“Every night, when the dark entered the house, traveling slowly down the walls
and over the floors, Ella grew afraid.”

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Coming to shelves next month from Groundwood is Sandra V. Feder’s The Moon Inside, illustrated by Aimée Sicuro. I like this book so much I want to show you all some spreads from it today.

This is the gently-paced story of a young girl, named Ella, afraid of the dark. There’s no shortage of picture books on this topic, but Feder and Sicuro handle this with such care and thoughtfulness; it really stands out. Note, for one, in the spread featured above, the book’s opening spread, how evocatively and accurate Feder describes how the dark appears to a child (or, more precisely, how it moves). Ella turns on the lights in each room she enters in order “to make the dark go away.” The sun makes Ella happy, and yellow—which dominates the book’s paelette—is her favorite color. For this reason, she avoids dusk.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #496:
Featuring Jean Jullien and Mathieu Lavoie

h1 August 14th, 2016    by jules



Pictured above: Illustration from Mathieu Lavoie’s Toto’s Apple
and Jean Jullien’s
This Is Not a Book


 
I’ve got a bit of an international spin here at 7-Imp today with art from French graphic designer and illustrator Jean Jullien, as well as author and illustrator Mathieu Lavoie, who lives in Montreal.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Jonathan Bean

h1 August 12th, 2016    by jules



“Real cowboys are as many different colors as the earth.”
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You won’t find me writing about magazines … well, ever. Until today. This morning over at Kirkus, I take a look at Illustoria, a promising new children’s magazine with a focus on children’s book authors and illustrators.

That link is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Kate Hoefler’s Real Cowboys (Houghton Mifflin, October 2016), illustrated by Jonathan Bean.

Today, Jonathan shares some process images and final art, as well as some thoughts on creating the illustrations for this book. I’m happy he’s sharing that today, so let’s get right to it.

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The Sound of Silence

h1 August 9th, 2016    by jules


“Ma, silence.”
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I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Katrina Goldsaito’s The Sound of Silence (Little, Brown, August 2016), illustrated by Julia Kuo.

The review is here. Below, I’ve got some more spreads from the book. Enjoy!

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #495:
Featuring Up-and-Coming Illustrator, Shane Cluskey

h1 August 7th, 2016    by jules



 
It’s the first Sunday of the month, which means I’ve got a newly-graduated illustrator visiting today to share artwork. Shane Cluskey, originally from Ireland, actually graduated in 2005 from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (so, he’s not exactly newly-graduated), but he’s currently working on his first children’s book, so I thought it’d be fun to showcase his artwork. As I understand it, Shane is currently living in London.

Shane also says a few words below about his work, so let’s get right to it. I thank him for visiting. (To see even more of his artwork, here’s his Instagram page.)

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Randy Cecil

h1 August 5th, 2016    by jules


Over at Kirkus today, I write about the debut picture book from Kate Hoefler, Real Cowboys (Houghton Mifflin), illustrated by Jonathan Bean and on shelves in early October.

That link is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Randy Cecil’s Lucy (Candlewick, August 2016), and I’m following up with some art today.

Enjoy!

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