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
 

 
 

‘Africa Is My Home’: Captivating Look at a Captivating Woman

JULES considers 'AFRICA IS MY HOME,' the fictionalized story of a real-life child named Margru, taken from her home by slave traders in West Africa, and brought to the U.S. on the Armistad.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Last Stop on Market Street: A Visit with Matt de la Peña & Christian Robinson

JULES sits down with MATT DE LA PEÑA, author of one of her favorite new books of 2015, LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET, beautifully illustrated by CHRISTIAN ROBINSON.
by David McGee
 

 
 

A Spotlight on Smaller Publishers

Reviews of three new beautifully illustrated picture books for children, all issued by smaller publishing houses
by David McGee
 

 

 

The O’Hara Sisters’ ‘Dark Fairy Tale’ by Jules

Featuring HORTENSE AND THE SHADOW, 'a dark fairy tale' by NATALIE and LAUREN O'HARA, a writer-and-illustrator sister team with a new book inspired by stories told on snowy nights by their Polish grandmother.
by David McGee
 

 
 

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
 

 

 

From the Desk of Intern Susan:

The story of JEMMY BUTTON, one of the oddest true tales of the 19th century, is the subject of a new children's book. Co-illustrator JENNIFER UMAN discusses the work.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Timeless Topics: Home and Spring

A double-shot of 7 Imp this time around: in 'A NEW HOME,' we see 'the common humanity in two cultures on two different spots in the map'; and in BLOOM BOOM! we celebrate the flowering, if you will, of spring!
by David McGee
 

 

 

Christian Robinson: A Child’s Eye-View of Birthdays

A pre-publication look at WHERE'S MY BIRTHDAY, by poet JULIE FOGLIANO with illustrations by CHRISTIAN ROBINSON. This picture bookcelebrates the thrill children get when anticipating a birthday and all that comes with it.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Robert Neubecker’s Little Plane That Could

Two superb new children's books are on JULES's radar: ROBERT NEUBECKER's charming LITTLE SMOKEY and, from the legendary ELOISE GREENFIELD, a personal look at midwives in THE WOMEN WHO CAUGHT THE BABIES
by David McGee
 

 

 

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
 

 
 

Beth Waters Uncovers ‘A Lost Way of Life’

BETH WATERS's CHILD OF ST. KILDA is the product of two years of research into "a lost way of life" on one of the most remote part of the British Isles. JULES has the story behind a most remarkable story.
by David McGee