About Jonathan Hunt

Jonathan Hunt is a school librarian for the Modesto City Schools District in California.

In defense of graphic novels: a guest post by Jonathan Hunt

boxers and saints

Earlier this season, Robin tackled the definition of a picture book (as contrasted with an illustrated book) and then went on to consider the proliferation of graphic novel elements in picture books. I’d like to revisit these issues, but this time in light of the fact that this year has produced the most amazing crop […]

Review of The Lord of Opium

lord of opium

The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer High School     Jackson/Atheneum     412 pp. 9/13     978-1-4424-8254-8     $17.99 g e-book ed. 978-1-4424-8256-2     $12.99 With the death of El Patrón at the end of The House of the Scorpion (rev. 11/02), Matt, the drug lord’s fourteen-year-old clone, has not only been reclassified as a human but has […]

The Amorphous Genre

Bomb by Steve Sheinkin

The Common Core State Standards mandate that, by fourth grade, students will read a balanced ratio of fifty percent fiction and fifty percent nonfiction for school reading assignments. As students age, this ratio gradually begins to favor nonfiction until, by twelfth grade, they will be expected to read seventy percent nonfiction and thirty percent fiction. […]

Review of Days of Blood & Starlight

Days of Blood and Starlight

Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor High School    Little, Brown    517 pp. 11/12    978-0-316-13397-5    $18.99 Star-crossed lovers Karou and Akiva, torn apart by unforgivable betrayal at the end of Daughter of Smoke & Bone (rev. 11/11), are now engaged in the renewed war between the chimaera and the seraphim. Both are repulsed by […]

Andrea Davis Pinkney on Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America

Andrea Davis Pinkney

In the January/February 2013 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Jonathan Hunt asks Andrea Davis Pinkney about selecting subjects for Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America. Read the review of Hand in Hand here. Jonathan Hunt: How did you approach the difficult task of narrowing your list? Can you tell us who almost made […]

Review of Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America

Hand in Hand

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney; 
illus. by Brian Pinkney Intermediate, Middle School    Disney-Jump at the Sun    243 pp. 10/12    978-1-4231-4257-7    $19.99 Presenting ten biographical vignettes in chronological order — Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, A. Philip Randolph, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, […]

Review of The One and Only Ivan

One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate; 
illus. by Patricia Castelao Intermediate    Harper/HarperCollins    305 pp. 1/12    978-0-06-199225-4    $16.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-06-210198-3    $9.99 “I am Ivan. I am a gorilla. / It’s not as easy as it looks.” In short chapters (the book has an open layout and frequent illustrations) that have the look […]