The muppet under the stairs

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I love Randy Ribay’s interview with Sonia Manzano (best known as Sesame Street’s Maria) on her new memoir Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx, but something about the cover was nagging at me. Then I realized it reminded me of the cover art for Jason Vanhee’s creepy-cool Engines of the Broken World, […]

Picturing fantasy


Funny, action-packed, thought-provoking (and sometimes all of the above), these three graphic novels and one…well, what do you call Brian Selznick’s books? take readers on fantastic adventures. Brian Selznick defined his own format with The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck. He pushes the envelope even further in The Marvels. Black-and-white drawings (over four hundred […]

Tuck, then, now, and always

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Well, it’s just past the first week of August, but it’s always a good time to visit with old (in this case, very, very old) friends. This year marks the 40th publication anniversary of Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting. FSG/Square Fish put out a lovely new hardcover edition — with a foreword by Gregory Maguire — […]

Week in Review, August 1st-7th

Week in Review

This week on… Preview the September/October 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine Starred reviews coming in the September/October 2015 Horn Book Louis Sachar Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Fun Book of Scary Stuff by Emily Jenkins; illus. by Hyewon Yum Fiction: Firefly Hollow by Alison McGhee; illus. by Christopher […]

Week in Review, July 27th-31st

Week in Review

This week on… A week of Brooklyn books and book creators: The People in My Neighborhood: One Author/Illustrator’s Rambles Around Brooklyn by Stephen Savage You had us at artisanal pickles. We got your Brooklyn booklist right here. Brooklynite cover gallery Caldecott by the numbers: Brooklyn edition (math is fun!) Step right up and win […]

Motion Math: Cupcake! app review

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I am not a math person. But I am a cupcake person, so math about making and selling cupcakes is far more appealing. Motion Math: Cupcake! (Motion Math, April 2015) allowed me to enact my cupcake-bakery (cupcakery?) daydreams. As the app opens, you set up shop with a one-oven bakery facility, a cute sea-green Vespa […]

Brooklynite cover gallery


In 2010, the Brooklyn Public Library hosted “Drawn in Brooklyn,” an exhibit of art by Brooklyn-based children’s book illustrators. We have a gallery of our own: the Horn Book Magazine covers below were all created by Brooklynites. How do you like them apples? Click on the Brooklyn tag for more from The Horn Book.

Week in Review, July 20th-24th

Week in Review

This week on… We’ll be tweeting from the 2015 Simmons Children’s Literature Institute: Homecoming this weekend! From the July/August 2015 special awards issue of The Horn Book Magazine: K.T. Horning takes A Second Look at 1964 Newbery winner It’s Like This, Cat Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Skunk by Mac Barnett; illus. by […]

To Alice on her 150th birthday

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Frequent HB contributor and Alice super-fan Monica Edinger was kind enough to report back from the Morgan Library’s Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland exhibit so that we non-New Yorkers can experience it vicariously. The exhibit is part of a worldwide celebration of the 150th publication anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. A little more Alice love […]

Luna, Julia, and readers

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We recently received Luna & Me: The True Story of a Girl Who Lived in a Tree to Save a Forest by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw (Holt/Ottaviano, May 2015). It’s sort of dual picture-book biography, telling the stories of a thousand-year-old redwood tree called Luna, which was slated to be logged; and of young activist Julia […]