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Archives for August 2016

HBAS16 full program… and sale!

We’ve just posted the full program for this year’s Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Out of the Box” (hey, catchy name!). Sign up before September 9 for a 20% discount. Who are you most excited to see? Here is the amazing (seriously, chills!), first-ever video announcement of the 2016 winners by Roger Sutton and Linda […]

A little light reading

The Dolls’ House at Windsor Castle is the “largest and most famous dollhouse in the world.” Commissioned by Princess Marie Louise as a gift to Queen Mary, it became a “very British symbol of postwar rejuvenation” in the years following World War I. The dollhouse includes the 1:12 scale library from which two “Miniature Treasures […]

Review of Giant Squid

Giant Squid by Candace Fleming; 
illus. by Eric Rohmann Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp. 9/16    978-1-59643-599-5    $18.99 A mysterious giant squid lurks in the dark corners of the ocean depths. Page-turn by page-turn, parts of the squid are revealed: first, a few tentacles sweep across the blue/black-hued ocean environment; then, a few more emerge, and […]

Review of Dara Palmer’s Major Drama

Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah; illus. by Helen Crawford-White Intermediate    Sourcebooks Jabberwocky    282 pp. 7/16    978-1-4926-3138-5    $16.99    g Though not a sequel to Shevah’s first novel, Dream On, Amber, this book is set at the same British elementary school and features another memorable narrator. Fifth grader Dara is genuinely gobsmacked when she isn’t […]

The Girl Who Spotted Another Title Trend

Does your summer read have a cover Girl? I’ve noticed quite a few hit grownup books have female protagonists — and familiar-sounding titles. The Girls Who Started It All: The Girls Who Followed Their Lead:   And let’s not forget this Girl. Many of these Girls star in psychological thrillers — not to mention similar […]

Review of How This Book Was Made: Based on a True Story

How This Book Was Made: Based on a True Story by Mac Barnett; illus. by Adam Rex Primary    Disney-Hyperion    48 pp. 9/16    978-1-4231-5220-0    $17.99    g Barnett and Rex, no strangers to metafiction (Chloe and the Lion), have outdone themselves in terms of tongue-in-cheekiness as they describe the process of creating a book. “Ideas can come […]

Hbook Podcast 1.26 – Stranger Things

Podcast the 26th in which Siân and Roger talk about Stranger Things (and crossover books and other TV shows and The Eighties). People we talk about GraceAnne Decandido Steven Spielberg Zena Sutherland Jules Danielson Books we talk about Stephen King’s Dark Tower series Before the Fall by Noah Hawley The Three Investigators series J. K. […]

Week in Review, August 22nd-26th

This week on hbook.com… “What Makes a Good School Story?” newsletter featuring 5Q for Adam Rex and Christian Robinson and recommended picture book, primary, intermediate, middle-school, and high-school stories From the September/October 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “From the Guide: First-Day-of-School Picture Books” Jewell Parker Rhodes Talks with Roger John Steptoe’s 1987 Boston […]

2015-2016 yearbook superlatives

Summer is winding down (say it ain’t so!) and the new school year is approaching. Get into the back-to-school mood with our senior superlatives for characters in the class of 2015–2016. What superlative would you award your favorite character? Best frints: Yelfred and Omek (Best Frints in the Whole Universe); Thunder and Lightning (Thunder Boy […]

Sago Mini Boats app review

I took Harvey the dog out in a pickle boat and made him seasick. And how was your day? At the beginning of Sago Mini Boats (2015; iOS and Android), you choose a destination for Harvey — and a friend to welcome him — and get packing. You can choose to put clothes and snacks […]