>Keeping Up

>It’s an unfortunate fact of life-in-print that books get overtaken by events, and Horn Book editors have been busy blue-penciling reviews of all the astronomy books that haven’t caught up with the events of August 26th of last year, a day that shook the solar system.

But a new–and gorgeous–book is hep to the zeitgeist:

Pluto was a planet.
But now it doesn’t pass.
Pluto was a planet.
They say it’s lacking mass.
Pluto was a planet.
Pluto was admired.
Pluto was a planet.
Til one day it got fired.

From Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian, to be published by Harcourt next month and reviewed in the May/June Horn Book Magazine.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.


  1. Elaine Magliaro says:


    I just picked this Florian book up today. My friend who owns a children’s bookshop was raving about it the last time I was in her
    store. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. It’s a great book–especially for someone like me who is an astronomy buff and a poetry enthusiast.

  2. Kelly Fineman says:

    >Can’t wait to see the full book — that was a great one (and just in time for Poetry Friday!)

  3. Anonymous says:

    >oh, I love this. Science and poetry with a zinger ending. marvelous.

    -wendie old, librarian, writer, mom

  4. >Sadly Florian’s poem only works in the US and A. Down here in NZ I cannot make lines 2 and 4 rhyme. Bit like trying to translate poetry into another language.

  5. Roger Sutton says:

    >Oh, just indulge yourself like those Americans who put the th in Barcelona. Sure, people will want to hurt you, but you’ll be right. ;-)

    And do not get me started on Nicaragua.

  6. >Knicker-agua?

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