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Archives for December 2012

Chloe and the Lion

Once in a while, I see a book that makes me think, “I sure would like to hear the committee discuss this one!” This is one of those books. I think the committee will appreciate the sly meta-picture book details–the direct address of the narrator, the comic schtick when author Mac fires illustrator Adam, the […]

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie review

“…one morning long ago in the quiet of the world, when there was less noise and more green, and the hobbits were still numerous and prosperous, and Bilbo Baggins was standing at his door after breakfast…Gandalf came by.” And the rest, as they say, is history, or fantasy, or folly, depending on who you ask. […]

David Levithan on Every Day

From the November/December 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Reviewer Christine Hepperman asks author and editor David Levithan about writing gender (and the lack thereof) in his YA novel Every Day. Read the full review of Every Day here. Christine Hepperman: Were there specific challenges in writing a character who is both genders and […]

Review of Every Day

Every Day by David Levithan Middle School, High School    Knopf    325 pp. 8/12    978-0-307-93188-7    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-375-97111-2    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-307-97563-8    $10.99 “A,” the narrator of Levithan’s brilliantly conceived novel, wakes up in a different sixteen-year-old’s body every morning and has to adjust to different physical characteristics, a different family, a different school, different […]

Chuck Close: Face Book: 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award Acceptance Speech

By Amanda Freymann and Joan Sommers Chuck Close is so very honored to receive this award, and is so sorry he cannot be here. These masks were made from two of the hundreds of self-portraits he has created. We thought it was a fitting way to bring him into the room tonight. On behalf of […]

Book Request Haiku

All I know is that The toad takes some kind of bath And lives forever. (Tuck Everlasting) My teacher read it To show why we should always Listen to spiders. (Charlotte’s Web) The illustrations Showed corks growing in bunches Like fruit on the trees. (The Story of Ferdinand) A single gold tooth, One of them […]

No Crystal Stair: Author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson’s 2012 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

“Knowledge is power! You need it every hour! Read a book!” With words like these, how could I have resisted falling under the spell of Lewis Michaux? I am thrilled that his story has been embraced by so many others. The man who said, “If you don’t know and you ain’t got no dough, then […]

No Crystal Stair: Illustrator R. Gregory Christie’s 2012 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

Vaunda, I’m happy to be onstage with you once again. Keep it up, Mrs. Micheaux Nelson, because knock on wood, we are on a roll! I’d like to take the opportunity to tell Vaunda Micheaux Nelson about my deep respect for her talent. The images for No Crystal Stair were a direct result of her […]

The Obstinate Pen

Here’s a book that was a big favorite around the Horn Book early in the year. I still love it and will add it to my personal collection, but I have to admit that its chances for a Caldecott seem a lot slimmer now that the year is drawing to a close. The central character […]

Extra Yarn: Author Mac Barnett’s 2012 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

I’m glad to be here tonight in your company, and I’m glad that our book is in the company of this year’s honorees and the winners of years past. It’s a thrill. I want to thank my agent Steven Malk, an always-trusty advisor, and Balzer + Bray for publishing our book. And I want to […]