Week in Review, December 22nd-26th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: I Know an Old Lady Who 
Swallowed a Dreidel by Caryn Yacowitz; 
illus. by David Slonim Fiction: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins Nonfiction: Unbroken: An Olympian’s Journey from 
Airman to Castaway to Captive by Laura Hillenbrand; 
adapted by […]

George R. R. Martin’s The Ice Dragon

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George R. R. Martin is best known for penning his A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy saga, the basis for HBO’s crazy-popular series Game of Thrones. Speaking from personal experience, it’s shamefully easy for fans of that franchise to forget just how prolific he is. Admittedly, ASOIAF is pretty absorbing — what with bloody […]

Christmas board books

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In our annual “Holiday High Notes” roundup, we recommend holiday books for the picture book set and up. Here are a few good choices — starring familiar faces — for the littlest of listeners at Christmastime. Lucy Cousins’s beloved character Maisy and her friends prepare for their holiday celebration in Christmas-tree-shaped board book Maisy’s Christmas […]

Week in Review, December 15th-19th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Comics legend Stan Lee Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Blizzard by John Rocco Fiction: Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan Nonfiction: The Next Wave: The Quest to Harness the Power of 
the Oceans [Scientists in the Field] by Elizabeth Rusch Read Roger: “Everything must […]

Merry Bookmakwanzaakkah

Miniature Classic Novels Book Necklace Charm: Garth Nix's Sabriel by JaDaJewelry

I know we’re in full holiday swing, but there’s still 1) time to think about bookish gifts to give your bookish loved ones and 2) time to hint about bookish gifts you’d like to receive yourself. Really, bookish gifts are great any time of year! I suspect I have successfully browbeaten my aunt into getting […]

The Dance Happy Project

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Over on Twitter, @mecaplan directed us to a cause dear to my dance-lovin’ heart: The Dance Happy Project. The project was initiated by eleven-year-old Georgia Bernbaum, who writes on the Dance Happy site that her goal is to “bring dance classes to more children, children who would not normally have access to dance lessons.” Proceeds […]

Week in Review, December 8th-12th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com…  December’s Notes from the Horn Book: Special Issue: Fanfare! Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: What There Is Before 
There Is Anything There: A Scary Story by Liniers — plus a Q&A for the author/illustrator Fiction: Murilla Gorilla and the Hammock Problem by Jennifer Lloyd; illus. by Jacqui Lee Folklore: My Grandfather’s Coat […]

BA-BA-DOOK.

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A horror movie about an evil children’s book is, understandably, not everyone’s thing. But given that I’m both a horror fan and a big kidlit nerd, I’ve been waiting for Australian indie film The Babadook to hit US theaters since I first saw the trailer online several months ago. Despite its cleaning up at Sundance, […]

Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer app review

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Developer Sago Sago‘s Sago Mini series offers exploration-based game apps (including Forest Flyer, Space Explorer, and Road Trip) for toddlers and early primary users. Explore an ocean full of funny, often fantastical surprises as a cute little fish in Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer (2013). The app opens with a view of the ocean floor, where […]

Fanfare 2014 Notes

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Da-da-da-daaaaaa! It’s here: the Fanfare special edition of Notes is arriving in subscribers’ inboxes right now. We began with a long longlist, then fought it ou— er, cordially discussed the options until we whittled it down to twenty-nine favorites of 2014. With picture books, fiction, folklore, poetry, and nonfiction, there’s something — probably several things […]