January 31, 2024

Down to the Last Detail: THE LITTLE TIGER

I just love this foil detail! It's so rare to see foil stamping within the pages of a book, but this special treatment is given to every title in Nicola Killen's sweet My Little Animal Friend picture book series (check out my interview with her about The Little Kitten here). Every book gets a different color, so it's fitting for an orange tiger to get blue foil (love that nod to complementary colors!).

January 30, 2024

Let's Talk Illustrators #277: Tang Wei

I recently had the absolute pleasure of talking to seasoned illustrator and debut author Tang Wei about Grandma's Roof Garden, translated by Kelly Zhang. This book is special for so many reasons––I think it's particularly worth noting that the text is told in rhyming couplets and quatrains reminiscent of Chinese nursery rhymes and folk chants––but the most important reason is how special it was for Tang to create. Enjoy our chat!

January 29, 2024

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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January 27, 2024

Crushes of the Week: January 21-27, 2024

This week's crushes:
  1. Night Song by Mk Smith Despres and Hyewon Yum (Enchanted Lion Books, January 2024)
  2. How to Be Brave by Karl Newson and Clara Anganuzzi (Templar Books, January 2024)
  3. Little Mo and the Great Snow Monster by Michael Foreman (Thames & Hudson, January 2024)
  4. Don't Trust Cats: Life Lessons from Chip the Dog by Dev Petty and Mike Boldt (Doubleday Books, January 2024)
  5. In My Skin by Morgan Christie and Martina Stuhlberger (Lantana Publishing, October 2023)
  6. Sleeping Is Not for Me! by José Carlos Andrés and Alessandro Montagnana (NubeOcho, October 2023)
  7. Once, a Bird by Rina Singh and Nathalie Dion (Orca Book Publishers, September 2023)

January 23, 2024

Let's Talk Illustrators #276: Vitali Konstantinov

Today I'm talking to Vitali Konstantinov, illustrator of Genius Noses: A Curious Animal Compendium by Lena Anlauf and translated by Marshall Yarbrough. This is such a fantastic start to a new illustrated series about what makes every animal special, and I'm excited to share Vitali and Lena's process for developing and executing the kick-off book Genius Noses!

January 22, 2024

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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January 20, 2024

Crushes of the Week: January 14-20, 2024

This week's crushes:
  1. Aim High, Little Giant, Aim High! by Bobbito García and Estefanía Rivera Cortés (Haymarket Books, October 2023)
  2. Time to Move South for Winter by Clare Helen Welsh and Jenny Løvlie (Nosy Crow, October 2023)
  3. The Great Poop Contest by Rafael Ordoñez and Laure Du Faÿ (Nubeocho, October 2023)
  4. Hamza Attends a Janaza by Shabana Hussain and Atefeh Mohammadzadeh (Kube Publishing Ltd, August 2023)
  5. How Are You, Verity? by Meghan Wilson Duff and Taylor Barron (Magination Press, August 2023)
  6. Down the Hole by Scott Slater and Adam Ming (Clarion Books, October 2023)
  7. Bitty Bao Dragon Boat Festival: A Bilingual Book in English and Mandarin with Traditional Characters, Zhuyin, and Pinyin by Lacey Benard and Lulu Cheng (Bitty Bao, April 2023)
  8. Rajiv's Starry Feelings by Niall Moorjani and Nanette Regan (Lantana Publishing, October 2023)
  9. Olive by Jed Alexander (Creston Books, October 2023)

January 16, 2024

Let's Talk Illustrators #275: David Dolenský

We're back with our first interview of the year, a conversation with Czech tattoo artist, graphic designer, and illustrator of Tibbles the Cat David Dolenský. Written by Michal Šanda, Tibbles the Cat is a story as unique and fascinating as its illustrator, and I hope you enjoy a peek behind the curtain when it comes to how David created the illustrations. Happy New Year!

January 15, 2024

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

We've got a case(wrap) of the Mondays!