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Kitty Flynn

About Kitty Flynn

Kitty Flynn is consulting editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

Celebrating one year of Family Reading

Happy 1st Birthday to this blog! We debuted this blog on September 14, 2016 — which Katie noted last Thursday during the Horn Book staff’s annual editorial planning meeting at Roger’s house. For some reason, everyone was too focused on work flow and the editorial calendar to properly mark the occasion (in my opinion). But […]

On Maira Kalman’s 2003 acceptance speech for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction

“The people on the John J. Harvey who fought the fires of 9/11 are the kind of people you want to know.” When my older son was three or four, he visited the Horn Book offices and discovered my copy of Maira Kalman’s Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey, the 2003 winner […]

Review of Say Zoop!

Say Zoop! by Hervé Tullet; illus. by the author; trans. from the French by Christopher Franceschelli Preschool    Chronicle    64 pp.    g 8/17    978-1-4521-6473-1    $15.99 Tullet’s latest old-school interactive picture book (Press Here, rev. 7/11, et al.) plays with sounds, primary colors, and creativity. The book begins in familiar Tullet fashion: touch a small blue dot […]

On Jean C. George’s “Summer and Children and Birds and Animals and Flowers and Trees and Bees and Books” (from 1959)

That’s Jean Craighead George, folks. This article, originally published in the June 1959 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, is very much like its leisurely, evocative title: “Summer and Children and Birds and Animals and Flowers and Trees and Bees and Books.” Beginning with a tender story about her daughter and an abandoned rose-breasted grosbeak […]

POW! A knock-out punch!

Last week’s blog rant post from the Horn Book’s usually level-headed if sleep-deprived executive editor called out picture book reviewers for making ridiculous promises in their reviews of bedtime books. You know, stuff like: “This gentle read-aloud will calm young listeners and lull them to sleep.” Elissa wasn’t having it. “Do these books’ powers of […]

Review of Bulldozer Helps Out

Bulldozer Helps Out by Candace Fleming; illus. by Eric Rohmann Preschool    Dlouhy/Atheneum    40 pp. 5/17    978-1-4814-5894-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-5895-5    $10.99 The construction-site gang from Bulldozer’s Big Day (rev. 5/15) is on the job again. “I can help,” little Bulldozer says hopefully to the big trucks hard at work. But Dump Truck, Cement Mixer, and […]

On Elizabeth Wein’s “BGHB at 50: Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay” (from 2017)

I love Elizabeth Wein’s appreciation of Hilary McKay’s Saffy’s Angel, a 2002 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book for fiction. Wein, herself the recipient of two BGHB Honors (among many other accolades), treats us not only to her perceptive thoughts about McKay’s masterful family stories but also to a glimpse into her own relationship with her […]

Review of Cricket in the Thicket: Poems About Bugs

Cricket in the Thicket: Poems About Bugs by Carol Murray; illus. by Melissa Sweet Primary    Ottaviano/Holt    40 pp. 5/17    978-0-8050-9818-1    $17.99 Twenty-nine common insects and arachnids (from ants to spiny-back spiders) are on display in Murray’s lively poems and Sweet’s inviting mixed-media illustrations. The titular cricket opens the proceedings in a poem mimicking an elusive […]

On Robin Smith

The Horn Book family is mourning the loss of one of our own, the inimitable Robin Smith who passed away last week after a battle with bone cancer. In addition to her day job as a second-grade teacher at the Ensworth School in Nashville, Robin was a longtime Magazine reviewer and contributor as well as […]

Review of The Pants Project

The Pants Project by Cat Clarke Middle School    Sourcebooks Jabberwocky    267 pp.    g 3/17    978-1-4926-3809-4    $16.99 Eleven-year-old Liv and best friend Maisie begin sixth grade at a new middle school with a strict uniform policy. At Bankridge, all students are required to wear a “white shirt, a tie, and a […]