Horn Book Crossover Week roundup

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We’ve had lots of fun “crossing over” this week, on Out of the Box, with our adult-to-children’s-to-adult-books crossover authors. Here’s a recap: Shannon Hale started it all, with Roger reading Austenland Crossover authors A-K, from Alexie to Kinsella Crossover authors M-Y, from Maguire to Yancy (plus special bonus Gaiman!) Authors whose books go both ways: […]

Week in Review, August 31st-September 4th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Table of Contents for the September/October 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. Roger Sutton’s editorial, Read Before You Write, from the September/October 2015 Horn Book Magazine, on MFA programs. Out of the Box: Horn Book Crossover Week: Authors who write for children and adults. Read Roger: If you only had […]

Steam Train, Dream Train app review

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Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld, of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site fame, chug along with the digital book app edition of their goodnight-train picture book Steam Train, Dream Train (Oceanhouse Media, February 2015). Just as with the Construction Site digital book app, this one includes soothing narration that can be turned on or off; you can […]

Crossover Week @ The Horn Book

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“I’m reading Austenland,” said boss-man Roger Sutton one day. “It’s a grownup book by that fantasy author who won a Newbery Honor. She did those fairy-tale graphic novels too. You know? Shannon Hale.” And from there sprang Crossover Week @ The Horn Book. Because it’s not just Shannon Hale. Lots of children’s authors have written […]

Week in Review, August 24th-28th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the September/October 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Jack Gantos’s Zena Sutherland Lecture “A Pair of Jacks to Open: Fact and Fiction.” Grab some popcorn first. A big tub. Our debut What Makes a Good…? e-newsletter: “What Makes Good Narrative Nonfiction?” Five questions for Steve Sheinkin: on Vietnam, whistle-blowers, and […]

Board Book Roundup: Summer 2015 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. Max’s Mix & Match by Claudia Boldt NorthSouth   28 […]

Brooklyn, we have a winner!

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Congratulations to Frankie Moore, winner of our Brooklyn Week contest! A signed print by Stephen Savage of “Goodnight Bridge” — a view of the Brooklyn Bridge outside the Great Green Room — will be yours. Lucky! And Roger really did pick from a hat (well, a bowl…). Frankie’s comment (it’s a good one, right?): I […]

This is my life

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Memoirs capture moments in time, those events that are formative or emblematic or otherwise meaningful for their subjects. Surprising, intimate, cathartic — Brown Girl Dreaming, El Deafo, Becoming Maria (see Randy Ribay’s interview with Sonia Manzano), the new books below, and these recommended by The Horn Book Guide, for example — memoirs offer glimpses into […]

The Bedsby Tales app review

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Tales from the Crypt fans who’ve been dying to introduce the next generation to episodic horror will be all over The Bedsby Tales (Jacob Duane Johnson, March 2015), a series of short stories for middle graders with some interactive elements. “Episode 1: Thoughts of Unknown” begins with a dubious welcome from a shadowy-creature storyteller in […]

Review of The Fun Book of Scary Stuff

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The Fun Book of Scary Stuff by Emily Jenkins; illus. by Hyewon Yum Primary   Foster/Farrar   32 pp. 8/15   978-0-374-30000-5   $16.99 A child shares with his two chatty dogs the list he wrote of things that scare him: monsters, ghosts, witches, trolls. The pug seems sympathetic, but the self-proclaimed “bravest dog ever” bull terrier is unfazed […]