Pete the Cat in the Big Easy

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I just spent a week in New Orleans, a place I’ve wanted to visit since first reading Interview with the Vampire as a teen. The week held plenty of sights and experiences I’d been highly anticipating (a ghost tour, the Garden District, blues and jazz clubs, and — of course — beignets) and some I […]

Week in Review, August 22nd-26th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… 2013-2014 yearbook superlatives From the September/October 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “The Voice of Reason“: ALSC President Starr LaTronica responds to that controversial editorial Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Quest by Aaron Becker Fiction: The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis Nonfiction: Buried Sunlight: How Fossil […]

Week in Review, August 18th-22nd

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: My Teacher Is a Monster! 
(No, I Am Not.) by Peter Brown Fiction: Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, 
and Other Tourist Attractions by Lenore Look, illus. by LeUyen Pham Nonfiction: At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient […]

Matchy-matchy

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When you realize your reading material coordinates with your desktop wallpaper, mug, and water glass, it may be time to admit you have a control-freakiness problem. And by “you,” I mean me.

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 […]