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Horn Book Magazine March/April starred reviews

The following books will receive starred reviews in the March/April issue of the Horn Book Magazine. Incidentally, this is also our annual special issue; the theme this year is “Different Drummers” with a ground-breaking (for us, anyway) cover by Paul Zelinsky (whose absence from the recent Caldecott announcement marks a Dark Day in that award’s history).

One Gorilla; by Anthony Browne (Candlewick)

Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?; by Eve Bunting; illus. by Sergio Ruzzier  (Clarion)

My Father’s Arms Are a Boat by Stein Erik Lunde; trans. from the Norwegian by Kari Dickson; illus. by Øyvind Torseter (Enchanted Lion)

The Dark; by Lemony Snicket; illus. by Jon Klassen (Little, Brown)

Benjamin Bear in “Bright Ideas!”; by Philippe Coudray; trans. from the French by Leigh Stein (Toon/Candlewick)

Maggot Moon; by Sally Gardner; illus. by Julian Crouch (Candlewick)

Penny and Her Marble; by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow)

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass; by Meg Medina (Candlewick)

Midwinterblood; by Marcus Sedgwick (Roaring Brook)

Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball; by John Coy; illus. by Joe Morse (Carolrhoda)

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

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. Agreed on the omission of Paul O. Zelinsky! And by the way, the January / February HORNBOOK is a treasure. Absolute treasure.

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