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Review of My Bus

My Bus by Byron Barton; illus. by the author Preschool    Greenwillow    40 pp. 4/14    978-0-06-228736-6    $16.99    g In a companion volume to My Car (rev. 11/01), we ride along with Joe as he drives Bus #123 across a bold-hued landscape populated with feline and canine passengers. “At my first stop, one dog gets on my […]

Review of Grandfather Gandhi

Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi and Bethany 
Hegedus; illus. by Evan Turk Primary    Atheneum    48 pp. 3/14    978-1-4424-2365-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4424-5082-0    $10.99 A visit to a grandfather’s home in another country can have its ups and downs even in an ordinary family. But Arun faces some special challenges because his grandfather is Mahatma Gandhi. […]

Review of Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing

Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing by Leonard S. Marcus Foster/Farrar     64 pp. 8/13     978-0-374-31025-7     $24.99 Randolph Caldecott (1846–1886) is especially known for his ability to make his subjects “jump off the page,” and Marcus is able to do the same for his subject here. With wit and fluency, he tells how […]

Hey, Al and the Quirky Choice

This is the sixth (and final) of a series of articles celebrating the history of the Caldecott Medal, which marks its seventy-fifth anniversary this year. Librarian and children’s literature historian Kathleen T. Horning looks at one seminal but unheralded Caldecott book of each decade — identifying trends, noting the changing nature of the picture book, […]

Niño Wrestles the Caldecott Committee: a guest post by KT Horning

Ladies and gentlemen, señores  y señoras, now presenting Niño Wrestles the World. See how artist Yuyi Morales brilliantly combines two aspects of popular culture—comic-book style and  Lucha Libre (WWF with más drama y más flare). Watch her twist reality and fantasy as little Niño, in his red mask and tighty whities, takes on competitors in his […]

Chris Raschka on When Lions Roar

In the September/October 2013 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer K. T. Horning asked Chris Raschka about illustrating scary emotional situations in When Lions Roar. Read the review here. K. T. Horning: For many young children, a roaring parent is even scarier than a roaring lion. How did you approach the challenge of depicting “When daddies yell!” […]

Review of When Lions Roar

When Lions Roar by Robie H. Harris; illus. by Chris Raschka Preschool     Orchard/Scholastic     32 pp. 10/13     978-0-545-11283-3     $16.99     g A young child (of indeterminate gender) is frightened by loud noises on a trip to the zoo — from screeching monkeys and booming thunder to yelling parents and blaring sirens, each one simply described using the […]

Review of Journey

Journey by Aaron Becker; illus. by the author Primary     Candlewick     40 pp. 8/13     978-0-7636-6053-6     $15.99 In the tradition of Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon (rev. 10/55), this wordless story shows a bored young girl  living in a monochromatic world who is able to draw herself into other worlds with […]

George Nicholson on Gerald McDermott’s Arrow to the Sun

While doing the research for my article Arrow to the Sun and Critical Controversies (Sept./Oct. 2013 Horn Book Magazine), I came across several references to author Gerald McDermott’s first children’s book editor at Holt, Rinehart & Winston, George Nicholson, and the role he played in McDermott’s move from films to picture books. A longtime children’s […]

Arrow to the Sun and Critical Controversies

This is the fifth of a continuing series of articles celebrating the history of the Caldecott Medal, which marks its seventy-fifth anniversary this year. Librarian and children’s literature historian Kathleen T. Horning looks at one seminal but unheralded Caldecott book of each decade — identifying trends, noting the changing nature of the picture book, wrestling […]