Week in Review, August 11th-15th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… August’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: five questions for Judith Viorst, back-to-school picture books, early chapter books, narrative nonfiction, and YA starring teen boys. Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Twins’ Little Sister by Hyewon Yum Fiction: A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn Folklore: Brave Chicken Little by […]

Dragons, Book 1: Flight of the Returnwing e-book review

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The brand-new story told in Dreamworks’ Dragons, Book 1: Flight of the Returnwing e-book (Dreamworks Press with Genera Interactive, July 2014) takes place between the 2010 How to Train Your Dragon film (based on Cressida Cowell’s intermediate novel of the same name) and the sequel released earlier this summer. The user begins by creating a […]

For not-rotten new readers

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Following your dreams and dealing with family: these topics get hilarious treatment for primary readers in the following early chapter books. An added bonus? Some familiar faces from popular series. In Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel’s Rotten Ralph’s Rotten Family, the titular kitty finds a family photo album and, nostalgic for his childhood, decides to […]

Go your own way

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Teen boys go on journeys both physical (road trip!) and psychological in these affecting YA novels. Finn Easton, protagonist of Andrew Smith’s 100 Sideways Miles, has unusual scars on his back, products of the freak accident that also killed his mother when he was a kid. He has a pretty good life otherwise: his sci-fi […]

Week in Review, August 4th-8th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Starred reviews, September/October Horn Book Magazine August children’s lit events in Boston Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Hermelin the Detective Mouse by Mini Grey; illus. by the author Fiction: Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling by Lucy Frank Nonfiction: Park Scientists [Scientists in the Field] by Mary Kay Carson; 
photos by […]

iRead With Curious George and the Firefighters e-book review

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iRead With Curious George and the Firefighters (Tribal Nova, 2014) presents a story based on Margret and H. A. Rey’s famous Curious George books in a format designed to help parents read aloud to children and engage them in the story. George and the Man in the Yellow Hat accompany an elementary school class on […]

August children’s lit–related events

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Kidlit events coming up in and around Boston this month: Tonight at 7:00 pm, Porter Square Books will host a panel of YA authors: Marjorie Agosin and translator Eileen O’Connor, I Lived on Butterfly Hill; Laurie Stolarz, Welcome to the Dark House; and John Plotz, Time and the Tapestry: A William Morris Adventure. Tomorrow, Thursday, […]

Unexpected intertexuality

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I typically read and/or listen to several books at once. At the moment I’m reading Gregory Maguire’s upcoming folklore-based fantasy Egg & Spoon (Candlewick, September; scheduled for a starred review in the September/October 2014 Horn Book Magazine) and listening to the audio edition of Candace Fleming’s narrative nonfiction book The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and […]

Week in Review, July 28th-August 1st

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Preview the September/October 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Leonard Marcus on McCloskey, Gregory Maguire on John Rowe Townsend, Starr LaTronica on that infamous editorial, and more Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: I Can Do It Myself by Valorie Fisher; 
photos by the author Fiction: Space Taxi: Archie Takes […]

Happy birthday, Harry!

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Happy birthday to one of kidlit’s most beloved and backlashed big-name characters, Harry Potter! (He’d be thirty-four this year. Holy hippogriff.) The Horn Book has had a lot to say — good, bad, and damn, these books are long — about The Boy Who Lived over the years. Here’s a roundup of reviews, articles, and […]