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Archives for December 2013

Happy New Year!

Test-driving my new iPad mini (thank you Santa-Richard) while vacationing in Provincetowm–reading (Daniel Silva), eating (Chex mix) and shopping (thrilled to find a used CD of Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk about Love, which I’ll be inflicting on my reviewing class at Simmons in a few weeks). Also scrambling to get my reviews written–if I can’t […]

Papa’s Mechanical Fish

Here it is, the week between Christmas and New Year’s. A rather quiet time – so it’s the perfect moment to discuss a distinctly UNquiet picture book. Snoozy and understated this book ain’t. Papa’s Mechanical Fish tells the story of eccentric (and unheralded) inventor Lodner Phillips, who builds a working submarine in the summer of […]

2013 BGHB Videos

The 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award ceremony has been divided into thirteen YouTube video segments. Cathryn Mercier opens the 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards ceremony (2:53): Roger Sutton welcomes attendees (4:50): Jesse Klausmeier accepts an Honor Book Award for Open This Little Book (6:45): Editor Victoria Rock for Open This Little Book illustrator Suzy Lee […]

Frog Song

At the beginning of the year, way back when I was wandering the booths at ALA’s Midwinter convention, a few books grabbed my attention. Some of them have dropped off my list of favorites of the year, but Frog Song continues to find a spot there. Maybe it’s that oversized strawberry poison dart frog on the cover. […]

Oh captain, my captain

A familiar name caught my eye as I was browsing our shelves. John Barrowman… Where have I heard that before? It didn’t take me long to put a face to the name: any Doctor Who fan worth her T.A.R.D.I.S. t-shirt could tell you that John Barrowman plays the very charming (and very friendly) recurring character […]

Photos from 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards and Horn Book at Simmons

Pictures from the 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards and Horn Book at Simmons. For more about the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, click here.  

The whole song and…book?

I’m going to come straight out and admit it­ — I’m kind of a choir nerd. Or at least, I was in high school. So when I pulled Sleep (Acroterion, August 2013) by Charles Anthony Silvestri from a box this morning, a familiar chord sounded somewhere in the recesses of my mind (nope, not sorry […]

Little Santa

You know Dasher and Dancer and the Claus children, Larry, Mary, Willy, Millie, Joey, Zoe, and Santa, right? Okay, maybe you haven’t heard of those other Claus kids, but you definitely have heard of Santa. Roger is a big fan of this one and here is what he had to say. It’s a tricky business, […]

The Mighty Lalouche

The Mighty Lalouche is something of a late bloomer, showing up on best-of-the-year lists (including School Library Journal’s and this blog) and various libraries’ mock Caldecott ballots. A come-from-behind contender, as it were, which is quite appropriate given its subject: a modest, unassuming Parisian postman who becomes an unlikely champion of the sport of “la box […]

Jolly Holiday

The Horn Book’s annual busman’s holiday took us to the movies to see Saving Mr. Banks. We laughed, we cried; it’s not a very good movie but the star power and chemistry of Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks kept me involved. I hear from more knowledgeable sources that the film is at some distance from […]