A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving app review

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Loud Crow Interactive adds to its line-up of Peanuts holiday apps with the 40th-anniversary release of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (November 2013), based on the classic 1973 animated TV special. Charlie Brown and his sister Sally plan to spend Thanksgiving at their grandmother’s house — but then Peppermint Patty invites herself, Marcie, and Franklin over […]

Happy diamond anniversary, Weston Woods!

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Weston Woods is turning 60 this year! In honor of the occasion the company has created a new 60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition DVD. The hour-long special collection “includes six of [their] most beloved titles from the last 10 years”: Arnie the Doughnut, No Roses for Harry!, Wild About Books, Dem Bones, That New Animal, and […]

Let’s go to the movies!

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Contenders for film awards flood theaters in November and December, and this year several adaptations of children’s books will be joining the race. Roger already mentioned Ender’s Game, which opened November 1st (I wholeheartedly agree with him both about the Orson Scott Card controversy and the love of Harrison Ford); several other upcoming films are […]

Intermediate books you’ve been waiting for

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Can’t get enough Kathi Appelt, Holly Black, Sharon Creech, or…Moose Flanagan? In these new books by favorite authors, readers will venture into a swamp and an island prison; go on a journey with a ghost; and marvel at the sudden appearance of a weird and wonderful boy. In Kathi Appelt’s folksy tall tale The True […]

An unexpected encounter with The Gremlins

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On a recent trip to New Orleans I spent a day visiting the National World War II Museum. The museum itself was a treat for this history buff to explore, but as a children’s literature aficionado, I also got a pleasant surprise in the gift shop: on display was a book by Roald Dahl. I […]

It’s a toy, it’s an activity, it’s a book!

Night Light

Looking for some interactive but non-electronic books for young children? Here are four entertaining toy and concept books to occupy preschoolers’ attention and stimulate their minds. Guess the source of illumination poking through die-cut black pages in Nicholas Blechman’s counting book/bedtime story Night Light. The guessing game (“1 light, shining bright?”) starts with a single, […]

Review of The Dark

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

Review of The Dark by Lemony Snicket. From the March/April 2013 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Review of Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell High School    St. Martin’s Griffin    328 pp. 2/13    978-1-250-01257-9    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-03121-1    $9.99 It’s the start of a new school year in 1986 Omaha when sophomores Eleanor and Park meet for the first time on the bus. They are an unusual pair: she’s the new girl in town, […]

The hero’s journey

The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle

Two girls, a boy, and a whole bunch of princes and princesses embark on captivating adventures. These four new fantasy stories for middle graders and middle schoolers feature compelling characters careening through wondrous worlds. They vanquished a nasty witch and saved their various realms in The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. Now princes Liam, […]

Les Petits Fairytales

Cinderella

Once upon a time, two Henry Holt board books arrived in our office. Cinderella and Snow White (October 2012) are part of the new Les Petits Fairytales series written by Trixie Belle and Melissa Caruso-Scott and illustrated by Oliver Lake. These minimalist texts (with one- or two-word explanations of each image) read like concept books, but […]