A Year in Picture Books

h1 January 15th, 2019    by jules



 

At the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott today, we look back at Picture Books in 2018. No predictions for the award. We have no crystal ball. But we look at a fabulous year for picture books with a lot to celebrate — and with a note of thanks to our talented guest posters who joined the conversation this year and had us seeing books in new ways.

That is here.

A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks

h1 January 14th, 2019    by jules

Over at Tennessee’s Chapter 16, I’ve written about Alice Faye Duncan’s A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks (Sterling, January 2019), illustrated by Brooklyn artist Xia Gordon. Duncan is a Memphis author and school librarian. You can head here to read about the book, and today here at 7-Imp is a bit of art from it. This is Gordon’s picture book debut.

(Pictured above is Gordon’s portrait of Brooks from the book’s title page spread.)

Enjoy!

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #621: Featuring John Burningham

h1 January 13th, 2019    by jules


— Illustration above is from Mouse House, originally released in the UK in 2017

I was sorry to hear this week about the death of British illustrator John Burningham, whose picture books have brought me so much joy over the years. He was an immensely talented artist and my very favorite. I’ve read many tributes to him this week — my favorite has been illustrator Polly Dunbar, saying in this piece that his paintings are ones that “make me want to run barefoot, outside, after dark” — and feel at a loss for words to describe what it was about his artwork that I found so dynamic.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Shaun Tan

h1 January 11th, 2019    by jules


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Today over at Kirkus, it’s Elvis in 3D.

That is here.

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I wrote here last week about Shaun Tan’s Cicada (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, January 2019). I’m following up with some art today.

Enjoy!

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Seven Stories of Adventure Before Breakfast

h1 January 9th, 2019    by jules


“I live in a building that is seven stories high.”
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Here’s a peek inside a picture book originally published two years ago but now on shelves here in the U.S. Einat Tsarfati’s The Neighbors has been translated from the original Hebrew by Annette Appel.

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #620: Featuring
Up-and-Coming Illustrator, Annelouise Mahoney

h1 January 6th, 2019    by jules


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It’s the first Sunday of the month, dear Imps, which means a student or debut illustrator visits. Today, I have the latter: Annelouise Mahoney’s debut picture book will be released next year, and she’s here today to tell us more about herself and her artwork — and to tell us a bit about that book, too.

I thank her for sharing. Let’s get right to it!

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Pénélope Bagieu

h1 January 4th, 2019    by jules

Today over at Kirkus, I write about Shaun Tan’s newest picture book, Cicada.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Pénélope Bagieu’s Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World (First Second, March 2018). Today, I’ve got a bit of art from the book.

Enjoy!

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #619: Featuring Ashley Wolff

h1 December 30th, 2018    by jules



 
I’m here to wish you all a happy 2019 with a piece of art (scanned from my own collection) from author-illustrator Ashley Wolff. These colors and textures make me happy, and when I see this, I like to imagine I can hear an owl hooting. Given that I live in Deepest Suburbia, I’m not normally privy to the beautiful call of an owl. But I can go there in my mind when I see this.

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What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring April Harrison

h1 December 28th, 2018    by jules


“‘Remember, what is given from the heart reaches the heart.'”
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Today over at Kirkus, I’ve got my 2018 Ghost File of One.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about the final book from the late Patricia McKissack, What Is Given from the Heart (Schwartz & Wade Books, January 2019), illustrated by April Harrison.

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

Enjoy!

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #618:
Featuring Laura Nyman Montenegro

h1 December 23rd, 2018    by jules



 
I love this piece of art from Laura Nyman Montenegro. She shared it on Instagram, and I secured her permission to share it here. Below is what she wrote about it:

Right now, at the darkest time of the year, is the most crazy mashup of tradition and transition and I love that the beautiful little deer plays such a big part in it. Why not sensitive and delicate, moving slowly through the trees? Why not that be where we are going?

Yes yes yessity yes. And how I do love deer.

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