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1. 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #484: Featuring Tarō Gomi

“Is someone standing looking over the ocean … just like I am doing now?”(Click to enlarge spread)   I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Tarō Gomi’s Over the Ocean, originally published in 1979. If you’d like to read about the book, I send you there. And if you want to see some art […]

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2. What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Sergio Ruzzier

(Click each to enlarge)   This morning over at Kirkus, I have a sort of Fall 2016 Picture Book Preview. That will be here soon. * * * Pictured above is my favorite spread from Sergio Ruzzier’s newest picture book, This Is Not a Picture Book! (Chronicle, May 2016). I wrote about it here at […]

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3. A Peek into Denise Fleming’s Studio

  Pictured here is a gelatin print from author-illustrator Denise Fleming. She’s experimenting, while working on some new books. Since she chatted with me last week at Kirkus (here) about her latest picture book, Maggie and Michael Get Dressed (Henry Holt, April 2016), I wanted to follow up today here at 7-Imp with some images […]

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4. Harold’s Hungry Eyes

I always like to see the work of Kevin Waldron. His newest picture book, Harold’s Hungry Eyes (Phaidon Press, May 2016) is funny stuff. It’s the tale of a hungry dog, living in the city, who is “insatiably hungry. All of the time.” The only thing he likes about as much as he loves food […]

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5. 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #483:Featuring Jeffery Boston Weatherford

” … Of more than 400,000 pilots trained / by the CPTP, only 2,000 are black; / less than half of a percent. / Yet 2,000 dreams of flight / are finally off the ground.”   Today I’ve got a bit of art from Carole Boston Weatherford’s newest book, You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen, […]

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6. What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,Plus What I Did Last Week, FeaturingPeter Brown, Milan Pavlovic, and Jillian Tamaki

“There was only one place Brightbill could have gone. The robot gravesite.So Roz galloped northward.”— From Peter Brown’s The Wild Robot   “‘He’s here!’ she yelled, and ran outside. The moment her father stepped out,Gertie threw her arms around him, and hehugged her back so hard he lifted her off the ground.”— From Kate Beasley’s […]

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7. My Kirkus Q&A with Denise Fleming

“I am pretty much the same person I was at age 4 or 5. I like the same things. I am still bossy and messy. Animals were my best friends then — and now. Still like to make things using bright colors. Abhor bedtime. Peanut butter, pickles, chocolate, and cheese and chips are my favorite […]

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8. The Best Thing You’ll Read All Day

Click the image below for some wise words from author-illustrator Sergio Ruzzier. Thanks, Sergio and the Nerdy Book Club.  

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9. 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #482: Featuring Isol

(Click to enlarge)   Hello, dear kickers. I’ve got an alphabet book today, one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. It’s from Argentine author-illustrator Isol, who won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2013. Daytime Visons: An Alphabet comes to readers this month by way of Enchanted Lion Books. Isol originally wrote […]

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10. What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,Plus What I Did Last Week, FeaturingIrene Dickson, Emily Gravett, and Kazue Takahashi

— From Kuma-Kuma Chan’s Home:“I walk into his home.It smells slightly of bear.”(Click to enlarge)   — From Bear & Hare—Where’s Bear?:“There!”(Click to enlarge)   — From Blocks:Note: The text here is different than it appears in the book.(Click to enlarge)   Over at Kirkus today, I’ve got some new children’s lit novels on the […]

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11. Throwback Thursday

From Do You See What I See? —“Up and down lines pull me up, up, up with them, until I feel as tall as a steeple and as taut as a stretched rubber band. I think of lofty trees, a lighthouse rising above the sea, a rocket soaring high into the sky, noble kings in […]

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12. Lane Smith’s There Is a Tribe of Kids

  One of my favorite picture books of 2016 thus far is Lane Smith’s There Is a Tribe of Kids (Roaring Brook, May 2016). I’ve got a review of it over at BookPage. That is here. Today, Lane shares some early studies and sketches, as well as some final art from the book. (Note: Some […]

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13. Seven Questions Over Breakfast with Brianne Farley

  Several weeks ago at Kirkus, I wrote here about Brianne Farley’s new picture book, Secret Tree Fort, published by Candlewick just last month. When I write about picture books over at Kirkus, I always like to follow up with art about a week later here at 7-Imp. I can’t write about picture books without […]

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14. The Mother of All Posts

  I joined a few other children’s lit folks over at Slate Magazine to discuss children’s books that celebrate motherhood. Click on the image above to see the gallery of titles. Until tomorrow …

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15. 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #481: Featuring David Litchfield

  It’s the first Sunday of the month, which means that here in 7-Imp Land I take a look at the work of an up-and-coming illustrator. Today, instead of a student, I’ve got a debut author-illustrator. David Litchfield’s new book, The Bear and the Piano (Clarion), was evidently inspired (in part) by the White Stripes’ […]

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16. What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Bethan Woollvin

  This morning over at Kirkus, I write about three new engaging picture books for the preschool set. That will be here soon. * * * Last week, I wrote here about Bethan Woollvin’s Little Red (Peachtree, April 2016), and I’m following up today with some spreads from the book. Enjoy!   “And he made […]

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17. Borten’s Book Re-Birth

“The renewed interest in work I did so long ago is both wonderful and disconcerting; it brings back a different person, a young artist juggling a career and motherhood, as passionately immersed in visual expression as I later became in sound production.” * * * Over at Kirkus today, I talk to author-illustrator Helen Borten, […]

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18. Definitely Something Beautiful

“In the heart of a gray city, there lived a girl who loved to doodle, draw, color, and paint. Every time she saw a blank piece of paper, Mira thought to herself, Hmm, maybe . . . And because of this, her room was filled with color andher heart was filled with joy.”(Click to enlarge […]

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19. Two Things on This Thursday

  Today over at Kirkus, I’ve got a Q&A with former Simon & Schuster editor Emma D. Dryden, who now runs her own editorial consulting firm and who talks to me about her new picture book. That chat will be here soon. * * * Last week at Chapter 16, I talked to author and […]

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20. What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Hervé Tullet

“Eeeek! We better leave on tiptoe . . .”(Click to enlarge spread)   In honor of National Poetry Month, I have my favorite new poetry title over at Kirkus today. That will be here soon. * * * At the end of March, I talked here with Hervé Tullet over at Kirkus, and I’m just […]

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21. 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #479: Featuring Akiko Miyakoshi

“I wonder how fast the wind blows. I wish I had a ship with big propellers that would spin stronger winds to drive the storm away. The ship sails into the black clouds.I keep watch.”(Click to enlarge)   Hi, dear kickers! I’m back from my research trip and happy to be kickin’ again. I write […]

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22. A Moment with Melissa

“In the morning, Mommy gives us wake-up kisses and says,‘Good morning, little one. Can you hear the sounds of our world?’ Listen! …”(Click to enlarge spread)   I’ve got a review here over at BookPage of Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson’s Listen to Our World (Paula Wiseman Books, March 2016), illustrated by Melissa Sweet. […]

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23. Papercut Paris

  Over at BookPage, I’ve got a review of Paris Up, Up and Away (Thames & Hudson, April 2016) from French illustrator and paper and textile designer Hélène Druvert. That is here. (Or you can just click on the snippet above.) Until tomorrow …

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24. What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week, Plus What IDid Last Week, Featuring Ken Min and Bob Raczka

— From Bob Raczka’s Wet Cement(Click to enlarge)   — From What Does It Mean to Be an Entrepreneur?   Today over at Kirkus, I write about Bethan Woollvin’s debut picture book, Little Red (Peachtree, April 2016). That is here, and next week I’ll have some art from it here at 7-Imp. * * * […]

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25. 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #480: Featuring Kaori Takahashi

(Click to enlarge)   I’ve got a tiny peek today inside Kaori Takahashi’s Knock! Knock!, published by Tara Books this month and with text from Gita Wolf. Tiny, as in just two little illustrations, but if you want more information, you can head over to my BookPage review of the book. As you’ll read there, […]

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