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Archives for June 2013

Yellow, Red, Blue and If I Get Angry, Grey app review

With no text, no narration, and not much narrative, Yellow, Red, Blue and If I Get Angry, Grey (WARE’S ME, March 2013) is perhaps not an app for everyone. However, for users willing to explore, it offers opportunities for self-directed play. The Italian developer based the app on an Italian-language book of the same name, written […]

ALA Chicago, Booth #1416

Off tomorrow to my, what, 35th? ALA annual conference, and hope to see some of you there. Our booth is #1416, but I’ll be wandering the exhibit halls, mainly, drumming up business with Al Berman while Martha P. scouts the programming (she’s at the Caldecott pre-conference today, lucky girl). One non-work event I’m looking forward […]

2013 Mind the Gap Awards

WTF, ALA? Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky Too little, too late? Little Dog Lost by Mônica Carnesi Little Tug by Stephen Savage Little White Duck by Na Liu and Andrés Vera Martínez, illustrated by Andrés Vera Martínez Best translation from the original Rabbit Mr. and Mrs. Bunny—Detectives Extraordinaire! […]

Kirkpatrick Hill on Bo at Ballard Creek

In the May/June 2013 Horn Book Magazine, Roger Sutton asked Kirkpatrick Hill about her protagonist’s two papas in Bo at Ballard Creek. Read the starred review here. Roger Sutton: So, are they or aren’t they? Kirkpatrick Hill: Such partnerships were so ubiquitous when I was a kid that nothing could have been more natural to […]

Review of Bo at Ballard Creek

Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill; illus. by LeUyen Pham Primary, Intermediate    Holt    279 pp. 6/13    978-0-8050-9351-3    $15.99    g The disarmingly forthright tone is set right at the start of this chapter book when we meet Bo, a little girl who lives with her papas (yes, that’s plural) in a small, almost-worked-out gold-rush town […]

Mira and Tara: Jewish Indian tweens

We recently received two ARCs about twelve-year-old girls whose moms are Indian and whose dads are Jewish, a perspective not often found in children’s books. Mira Levenson (Mira in the Present Tense by Sita Brahmachari, Whitman, September 2013), a Brit, is “neither tall nor small, neither skinny nor ‘plumpy’…[with] long, dead-straight black hair, and dark […]

Fun and games with Hervé Tullet

We recently pulled these three books by Hervé Tullet out of a box of review copies. You won’t see them reviewed in the Magazine or Guide, but we think they are worth noticing, especially for fans of Tullet’s 2011 Press Here. (The Guide doesn’t review toy books or board books, even though most of Tullet’s […]

The Steampunk Alphabet

Having just finished China Mieville’s Railsea, I was in a steampunk kinda mood when I entered the Horn Book office on Friday morning and, as I passed the “Out of the Box” box, saw Nathanael Iwata’s The Steampunk Alphabet (Cameron + Company, June 2013) right at the top of the pile. Perfect. This book is […]

NYPL children’s book exhibit

The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter, an exciting new exhibit housed at the New York Public Library and curated by Friend-of-The-Horn-Book Leonard S. Marcus, opens today. Go see it and tell us what you think (so we can be jealous)! And look to the September/October 2013 Horn Book Magazine for Leonard’s article about […]

Editorial: Common Core Ready?

As with previous educational missions (whole language, multiculturalism) and mandates (No Child Left Behind), the Common Core State Standards are causing a host of interested parties to each consider what its particular piece of the puzzle — 
and the pie — will be. Parents want to know what the CCSS will do for their children; […]