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Before Morning Hardcover – October 4, 2016
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Behind the Scenes with Beth Krommes
The joy and wonder of a snowy day is brought to new life in this destined-to-be-a-classic picture book from Newbery Honor author, Joyce Sidman, and Caldecott winning artist, Beth Krommes. Here, the illustrator provides some exclusive, behind-the-scenes images from the making of the book.
Brainstorming notes for the book
I wrote about ten pages of brainstorming notes, analyzing every word in the manuscript, to help me design the setting and main characters.
Early sketches from the book
Here are two very rough thumbnail sketches as I was figuring out the composition for page 11.
From sketch to finished art
Here is a final picture for page 11 following my earlier sketches.
A practice scratchboard
I always practice faces and hands on a scrap piece of scratch board first.
An early sketch from the book
The family is having a leisurely breakfast.
A final sketch of that same scene.
Isn't it cozier with the daughter on the mother's lap? (My editor's suggestion).
From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—At dusk, a woman, child, and dog hurry out of the park and pass by a bakery, though the wool-capped girl clearly wants to stop. They enter their apartment, where Dad has dinner ready, and everyone looks happy except the girl, who's staring dolefully at a cap that sits atop a small suitcase. In the next illustration, as the windows reflect the night, a book about Amelia Earhart lies open on the couch as the mother, in her airline pilot's uniform, seems to coax her child into returning the cap she's hiding behind her back. Turn the page, and beyond the entry hall filled with winter clothes, skates, and sled, the mother is folding and packing clothes into her overnight bag. Only then do the words begin: "In the deep woolen dark,/as we slumber unknowing,/let the sky fill with flurry and flight." This haunting invocation summons geese, snowflakes, and a heavy whiteness that refracts the golden city lights. Krommes shows viewers the city from the rooftops, from the back of goose wings, and from the statues in the park. When the poem says, "Let urgent plans founder," we see the airport waiting room, where the mother gazes out at snowplows under the planes as a sign announces flight cancellations. Any child might be wishing for snow to "change the world before morning," to "make it slow and delightful and white," but here, as a stunning series of scratchboard (similar to woodcut) and watercolor pictures reveal, the petitioner is a girl who longs to have both her parents home with her to sled down a steep white slope and to visit that bakery at last. VERDICT This simply perfect book is a must-have piece of portable poetry and art for all collections.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
Booklist Editors' Choice 2016
Horn Book Fanfare
Kirkus, Best Picture Book
Nerdy Book Club Nerdies 2016 Poetry/Novels in Verse
New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
Publishers Weekly, Picture Book List
San Francisco Chronicle Best of 2016
School Library Journal Best of 2016
School Library Journal’s Fuse#8 Best of 2016
"This is a comforting and deeply satisfying book to read with a child and a celebration of a bit of magic that winter can offer: a gift of time."
—The Washington Post
“A delightful winter read if there ever was one.”
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It’s a sweet, but never saccharine, tale of family—and so cozy in every possible way that readers will want to return to it again and again. Pair it with your best hot cocoa recipe. Read. Repeat."
* "This simply perfect book is a must-have piece of portable poetry and art for all collections."
—School Library Journal, STARRED review
* "[Before Morning's] parallel but separate threads—the innocent images of the poem, the cheery reassurance of the illustrations, and the tension of the family’s wait—give this collaboration significant emotional depth."
—Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
* "It is rare in picture books to find words and art so perfectly matched, though perhaps not surprising given the talents of Newbery Honor–winning Sidman and Caldecott winner Krommes. Each phrase in Sidman’s spare text evokes the heart and the senses while Krommes’ scratchboard art is so intricately rendered, so full of story, that each page could be investigated dozens of times."
—Booklist, STARRED review
* "Like a snow day, a special treat with broad appeal."
—Kirkus, STARRED review
* "Throughout, Krommes’s illustrations do the narrative work, and a series of wordless spreads at book’s end provides a sweet balance to the front matter’s opening scenes, slowly easing the reader out of this mesmerizing book."
—Horn Book, STARRED review