May 5, 2014
Posted by: Mark Siegel
Categories: Uncategorized

Publishing is not a science. Like any house, we have our hits, we have our misses, we have the odd clunker. But every so often, there’s a book that redefines us, and might just change the landscape we operate in. Here’s one of those.

This One Summer_LR

I’ve wanted to work with Jillian Tamaki ever since I saw an op-ed illustration of hers nine years ago. Then she and her cousin Mariko delivered a gem of a book called Skim. I’m so proud to publish them—now, with this book, which is a thing of beauty and fine power.


In This One Summer, Jillian Tamaki offers us some of the most beautifully illustrated pages I’ve ever seen, and Mariko Tamaki puts to pen such just-right dialog it doesn’t even seem written. But This One Summer is far more than eye candy. What these amazing women have given us is truth in the way that great fiction always has and always will.


“Keenly observed and gorgeously illustrated—a triumph.”
—Kirkus Reviews—Starred Review
* Booklist, Starred Review
* School Library Journal, Starred Review
* Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“… immersive, sensual and overwhelmingly beautiful…”

—Craig Thompson, Blankets


“The most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.”

—Faith Erin Hicks, Friends With Boys


“… simply gorgeous…”

—Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss


“I read this in July, and spent the rest of the summer thinking about it…”

—Lucy Knisley, Relish


2 Comments on “ The Tamaki cousins make their indelible mark ”

  • Robin Richesson | May 5th, 2014 9:29 pm

    The minute I opened “Skim” my eyes were opened to graphic novels, they way I dreamed they could be. I have been waiting (not so patiently) for this book to come out. Jillian and Mariko have inspired me to create my own graphic novel; their writing and drawing are entwined so powerfully for narrative and emotional impact. Jillian’s drawings are so compelling, and it wonderful to see there is an audience for this kind of work in graphic novels. Counting the days till I get my copy.

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