Book & Me, Week 2

Book & Me by Charise Mericle Harper

In case you missed them, here is the second batch of entries in Charise Mericle Harper’s original “Book & Me” comics series: #5: Book makes breakfast #6: “I needed a pick-me-up. I’m seeing what it feels like to carry five starred reviews.” #7: Book vs. Amazon reviews #8: “How come we never go anywhere? OTHER […]

May Notes

may 2015 notes

The May edition of Notes from the Horn Book is on its way! An interview with Last Stop on Market Street illustrator Christian Robinson kicks it off, followed by more picture books celebrating grandmas picture-book musician biographies intermediate fantasy with a hint of creepiness historical fiction for teens Read the issue online or subscribe to […]

Everybody wants to be Press Here

Press Here

When Hervé Tullet‘s Press Here came out in 2011, reviewer Lolly Robinson wrote that its ingenious interactivity “gives the iPad a licking.” Following a similar no-screen-needed interactive model is this lovely pair of books:     Susan Dove Lempke wrote of Tap the Magic Tree in the January/February 2014 Horn Book Magazine, “Perhaps inspired by […]

Deliciously creepy fantasy


Magical alter egos, parallel worlds, and uncanny situations add a bit of atmospheric creepiness to these four intermediate and middle-school fantasy adventures. Twig Fowler and her mother keep to themselves so that their neighbors in Sidwell, Massachusetts, won’t discover their secret: Twig’s older brother James has wings, thanks to a generations-old curse laid upon all […]

Week in Review, May 4th-8th

Week in Review

This week on… In memory of three-time Caldecott Medalist Marcia Brown From the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Transformations: Book & Me comics by Charise Mericle Harper “Field Notes: Alice, the Transformer” by Monica Edinger (Alice Liddell was born 163 years ago this week!) “Transformers: How Did Snow White Survive in that […]

Book & Me, Week 1

Book & Me by Charise Mericle Harper

In case you missed them, here are the first four entries in Charise Mericle Harper’s original “Book & Me” comics series: Introduction to the series by Charise Mericle Harper Introduction by Mag editor Elissa Gershowitz #1: “I’m a book!” “I made him!” #2: “I don’t think the cat likes me…” #3: “Do you remember the […]

May the Fourth be with you


Just in time for today’s Star Wars Day celebration, we received some super-cute Star Wars board books by Jack and Holman Wang. With the Star Wars: Epic Yarns series (Chronicle, April 2015), the Wangs use the same formula and needle-felt medium of their Cozy Classics books to retell a tale from a long time ago […]

Week in Review, April 27th-May 1st

Week in Review

This week on… From the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Transformations: Table of contents Elissa Gershowitz’s editorial “Plus ça change” “In the Time of Daily Magic,” author Alice Hoffman’s tribute to Edward Eager (and Eager’s own tribute to E. Nesbit) The Harvard Crimson‘s article “For the Kids: Children’s and YA literature in […]

The merry month of May: May events in and around Boston

pippi to ripley

May is here, and so are lots of not-to-be-missed events! Here’s a highlight reel; for even more great events and all the details, see our event calendar. May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Friend of the Horn Book and former intern Kazia will be presenting at the third annual “Pippi to Ripley: Gender and Sexualities […]

Solve the Outbreak app review

solve the outbreak menu

Work your way up the Center for Disease Control’s ranks from trainee to master “disease detective” by uncovering the causes of disease outbreaks in Solve the Outbreak (CDC, 2013). Every chapter presents background on a fictionalized outbreak and five clues, each followed by a multiple choice question to narrow down the outbreak’s source. The clues […]