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Review of Chuck and Woodchuck

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Chuck and Woodchuck by Cece Bell; illus. by the author Primary   Candlewick   32 pp. 3/16   978-0-7636-7524-0   $15.99   g New friendships can be forged in many ways; in this case it’s a woodchuck at school for show-and-tell bringing together a shy first-grader named Chuck and his classmate Caroline (both human). Caroline, the narrator, describes the ways […]

A Celebration of Beverly Cleary at Symphony Space

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If you live in New York City and are a Beverly Cleary super-fan, here’s a great-sounding event: Thalia Kids’ Book Club: A Celebration of Beverly Cleary An all-star cast of actors, including Condola Rashad (Billions), plus authors Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Lunch Lady series), Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles), Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), and RJ Palacio (Wonder) […]

Daylight snoozing time

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Who else is really tired this morning? Thanks a lot, Daylight Savings Time. I know, it’ll all be worth it come 6:00 pm when it’s still light out. In the meantime (see what I did there?), here are three useful booklists to get you through the day. Whatever you do, stay away from this one. […]

E. B. Lewis at Lesley University

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Last night I was able to see “artistrator” E. B. Lewis deliver the Evelyn M. Finnegan Children’s Literature Lecture at Lesley University. If you have a chance to see E. B. Lewis speak, you should. Teachers should hear him speak about the broken education system and how to fix it — namely, first figure out […]

Her-stories

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March is Women’s History Month, and this is an especially noteworthy year for one of the subjects of these four YA biographies (and possible vindication for another one of them whose notorious reputation precedes her). Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History by Karen Blumenthal offers a positive yet frank account of Clinton‘s life through […]

There are no picture book biographies of Donald Trump

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A quick search of the Horn Book Guide Online shows three picture book biographies of Hillary Clinton, including these two new ones (both published in January 2016):    And this one from 2008, revised in August 2015: Then there’s this new YA biography: UPDATED: And this new middle-grade biography (which I missed in the original […]

Review of Pax

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Pax by Sara Pennypacker; illus. by Jon Klassen Intermediate, Middle School   Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins   278 pp. 2/16   978-0-06-237701-2   $16.99 e-book ed. 978-0-06-237703-6   $11.99 Twelve-year-old Peter and his pet fox have been inseparable since Peter rescued Pax as a kit. Now Peter’s father has enlisted, and there’s no room at Grandfather’s house (where the boy will […]

Board Book Roundup: Winter 2016 Edition

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This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. If You’re a Robot and You Know It by […]

MarcoPolo Recall app review

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Kids these days, with their Minecraft and their interwebs. Not too long ago, Simon was the cutting edge of electronic gaming (and no one considered it educational*). Now MarcoPolo app Recall (January 2016) brings players a similar Simon experience. Four horizontal color bars — pink, sky-blue, orange, and green — appear on the screen. A […]

Happy 100th Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

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April 12, 2016 marks the one hundredth birthday of children’s literature icon Beverly Cleary. To celebrate, the March/April 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine includes a series of tributes to the author and her work written by children’s book authors, illustrators, editors, and librarians whose lives and work were touched by Ms. Cleary. Each […]