Oceanhouse Media’s Once upon a Potty app is true to the original. The focus is on the text and illustrations; digital enhancements are used sparingly and effectively. There are some polite potty sound effects and humor, and though I’m sure the urge was strong (get it?!) to make more of a splash (it’s too easy!), the producers wisely kept the intended audience in mind. The narrative’s reassuring tone, nonthreatening pictures, and unobtrusive music help distractible toddlers focus on the important information.
Author-illustrator Leo Landry, a twenty-year bookselling veteran of The Children’s Book Shop in Brookline, Massachusetts, is the creator of picture books (Space Boy; Eat Your Peas, Ivy Louise!), as well as chapter books (Fat Bat and Swoop; Sea Surprise); newly independent readers should line up for Grin and Bear It, his latest offering. In this […]
Back in 2003 and again in 2004, picture books featuring the Twin Towers were honored with Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. To mark the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we’ve posted Maira Kalman‘s and Mordicai Gerstein‘s acceptance speeches, originally published, respectively, in the January/February 2004 and 2005 issues of The Horn Book Magazine.
Tomie dePaola and Roger Over at Read Roger, our indefatigable leader has been posting highlights from his nine Live Five interviews with the 2011 Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Wilder, Sibert, and Printz luminaries, plus bonus interviews with superstars Brian Selznick and Rick Riordan. Head over and learn whose dog Roger wants and what he and Rita Williams-Garcia were singing […]
The July/August Horn Book Magazine is out, and selected articles are on our website, including profiles of the Newbery, Caldecott, and Wilder medalists and the CSK author and illustrator award recipients. And don’t miss K.T. Horning’s eye-opening “Secrecy and the Newbery Medal”. . . in which much history is related and several secrets revealed.
To help usher in warmer weather — which has finally arrived in the northeast — here are two new books by veteran author-illustrators: Geisel Medal–winner Mo Willems’s Should I Share My Ice Cream? and, for older readers, Postcards from Camp by Simms Taback, recipient of the 2000 Caldecott Medal. Elephant Gerald has a delicious moral […]
We both gave Laurel Croza and I Know Here an award. In response to winning the Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award, Laurel said, That’s me, flash-frozen in disbelief—“whaaaaat!?!”—since I heard I Know Here won a 2010 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. Way, way, way beyond my daydreaming orbit, the news too surreal, too out-of-this-world abstract […]
Crows normally freak me out—their carrion-eating, raucous-cawing ways give me the willies. But when it comes to kids’ apps, two Crows seem to know what they’re doing. Loud Crow Interactive (producer of the awesome PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Sandra Boynton apps) had better make room in the nest for Nosy Crow, whose […]
Children’s Technology Review is a monthly Consumer Reports-like PDF newsletter “designed to summarize the latest products and trends in children’s interactive media.” They review lots of children’s apps, of course, and they’ve ventured into book app territory, as well. Their focus, natch, is on the quality of the technology rather than the text and illustrations, […]