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Josephine: Author Patricia Hruby Powell’s 2014 BGHB NF Honor Speech

Thank you to the Boston Globe-Horn Book committee for loving Josephine and putting me in this fine company. Thanks to my critique group who saw this as a picture book, middle grade, and young adult manuscript. Thanks to the group of unfocused preteen girls who frequented the Urbana Free Library, where I work as a […]

Josephine: Illustrator Christian Robinson’s 2014 BGHB NF Honor Speech

Thank you to the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee for this incredible honor. If I were to speak truthfully, I would have to say that I’ve already received the greatest honor and privilege when I was first given the opportunity to share the story of Josephine through illustrations of my own. Josephine is one of […]

Gaston

I hate missing the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Ceremony and next-day Symposium for a lot of reasons. Besides getting to see everyone I already know, I love hearing the speeches by people I don’t know (but would like to). One new person whom I would have loved hearing is Christian Robinson, illustrator of Josephine and The Smallest Girl […]

Josephine

The subtitle of Patricia Hruby Powell (author) and Christian Robinson (illustrator)’s fabulous picture-book biography of the early-twentieth-century African American dancer and iconoclast is “The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker” — and the book is truly as dazzling as its subject. So we can get that major, crucial criterion “appropriateness of style of illustration to the story, theme or concept” […]

Review of Gaston

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio; 
illus. by Christian Robinson Preschool, Primary    Atheneum    40 pp. 6/14    978-1-4424-5102-5    $16.99    g e-book ed.  978-1-4424-5103-2    $12.99 Bumptious Gaston looms over his elegant poodle sisters Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, and Ooh-La-La; they’re “no bigger than teacups,” but he’s “the size of a teapot.” Like a good twenty-first-century parent, Mrs. Poodle praises her well-mannered […]

Review of Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell; 
illus. by Christian Robinson Intermediate, Middle School    Chronicle    104 pp. 2/14    978-1-4521-0314-3    $17.99 To describe Josephine Baker’s life as “dazzling” is not an exaggeration. In this incomparable biography both Powell and Robinson convey the passion, exuberance, dignity, and eccentricity of their subject through words […]