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Archives for August 2009

>Happy to help!

>M.T. Anderson tipped me to this thoughtful NYT piece about the state of trade books in the classroom (wow, that phrase sounds as antiquated as whole language) and the fact that the Horn Book gets a shout out on the third page. We are of course always gratified when teachers find us helpful in their […]

Digital reviewing

>We had a call this morning from a publisher who is thinking about supplying reviewers with f&gs of picture books in digital form and wanted to know if Horn Book could work with that/those. I demurred. Electronic galleys for fiction, maybe. Although my Kindle gathers dust (too hard to hold; I hate the buttons and […]

Review of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin; illus. by the author 282 pp. Little 6/09 isbn 978-0-316-11427-1 $16.99 (Intermediate) Minli lives with her father, a storyteller and dreamer, and her disapproving mother in a poor village in the shadow of Fruitless Mountain. An encounter with a goldfish peddler prompts Minli to seek the […]

>Karla Kuskin

>Very sorry to read of Karla Kuskin’s death last week; there’s an informative and appreciative obituary in the New York Times. I was lucky enough to work with Karla ten years ago when I asked her to write something for us about reviewing picture books, a craft at which she excelled.

Ponyo

Wow, what a great movie. I’d gone in expecting another Spirited Away, which I found gorgeous but rambling and portentous and adult, but Ponyo is a true kids’ movie. That’s not to say I didn’t have a fine time playing spot-the-allusion–forget “The Little Mermaid,” Ponyo has The Magic Flute all over it–but the heroes seem […]

>From Cape Cod to Christmas

>My mini-break at the Cape was lovely for all kinds of reasons, most notably the best ice cream I’ve had in a long time, at Four Seas in Centerville. I tried the chocolate, peppermint, peach and butter crunch–all sublime. Closes September 13th for the winter so hurry on down. Richard and I stayed just a […]

>Served by a window with an ocean view

>Heading out tomorrow to spend a few days at the Cape Cod Writers Center talking about children’s book publishing. I’ll be giving a keynote speech and moderating a mega-panel with Debbie Kovacs, Alison Morris, Nancy Werlin, Mary Lee Donovan and Martin Sandler. My main goal, though, is to meet Mitali Perkins, who is one of […]

>New Notes, Back to School edition

>The August issue of Notes from the Horn Book is now out and about.

>I’ll Be Seeing You . . .

>Last Friday we had a very entertaining time of proofreading the Guide, aided by candy and fave tunes from the 80s provided by Miss Touch-Me Pod, whose little speaker recalls the halcyon days of AM transistor radios. There was an ongoing war, too, over the merits of The Time Traveler’s Wife, loved by Elissa and […]

>September/October Stars

>The following books will receive starred reviews in the September/October issue of the Horn Book Magazine: All the World written by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee (Beach Lane/Simon). Fire by Kristin Cashore (Dial). The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge (Bowen/HarperCollins). Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters written by Lenore […]