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Featuring Frank Morrison

Illustrator FRANK MORRISON catches JULES's attention this month with his work in PAT ZEITLOW MILLER's THE QUICKEST KID IN CLARKSVILLE, in which Olympic great WILMA RUDOLPH makes a cameo and the story makes a point.
by David McGee
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My Beautiful Birds

In MY BEAUTIFUL BIRDS author SUZANNE DEL RIZZO addresses young readers with an instructive, very human tale about the plight of Syrian refugees, told from a young refugee's point of view.
by David McGee
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A Visit with Matthew Cordell to Talk About What is Still My Favorite Picture Book of the Year

An interview with Matthew Cordell, author/illustrator of our kids' lit blogger Jules's favorite book of the year, hello! hello!
by David McGee
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Seven Questions Over Breakfast with Klaas Verplancke

JULES's latest virtual breakfast is with noted illustrator KLAAS VERPLANCKE, whose art is described by a fellow illustrator as 'strange, yet strangely comforting. Beautifully crafted, and beautifully bonkers.'
by David McGee
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Revisiting Dire Lullabies to Great Effect with Linda Ashman and Simona Mulazzani

LINDA ASHMAN's ROCK-A-BYE ROMP, with illustrations by SIMONA MUJAZZANI, is an early 2016 treat. Jules's review of same is another early 2016 treat.
by David McGee
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The Latest from Komako Sakai

As I’ve made clear before here at 7-Imp, I’m a fan of the illustration work of Komako Sakai (who even visited for a brief interview last year). So, I was happy to see that she’s illustrated a new book, this one written by...
by David McGee
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Marianne Dubuc and the Art of Silence

In her new book The Lion and The Bird, author-illustrator MARIANNE DUBUC invites young readers into her tale by means of 'interrupted silence, not rushing the story, letting it breathe.' JULES explains further.
by David McGee
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‘Battle Bunny': A Visit with Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett and Matthew Myers

JULES queries the creative team behind the new children's book, BATTLE BUNNY. An interview with JON SCIESZKA, MATT BARNETT and MATTHEW MYERS.
by David McGee
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Waterloo & Trafalgar: A Thought Provoking Story of War and Peace

An advance look at Olivier Tallec's new book, Waterloo & Trafalgar, 'a story told in only blue, orange and black,' another masterful example of the author's exceptional skills with visual storytelling.
by David McGee
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Momo & OHora (& Frank Zappa) Before Breakfast

JULES interviews author-illustrator ZACHARIAH OHORA about his newest picture book, MY COUSIN MOMO, and shows some of his fine illustrations. FRANK ZAPPA and CAPTAIN BEEFHEART show up too.
by David McGee
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Introducing Olivia Chin Mueller

This month JULES welcomes up-and-coming illustrator OLIVIA CHIN MUELLER, whose work is as dazzling as it is intriguing and complex--a real find!
by David McGee
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Bully: A Visit with Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Bully: A Visit with Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Pictured above is an early image from Caldecott Honor medalist Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s Bully, released in July from Neal Porter/Roaring Brook. A little birdie (named Neal Porter, in fact) told me months ago that Laura created ...
by David McGee
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