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Getting ready to blow

Today we all meet to decide Fanfare, the Horn Book’s choices for the best books of 2017. As I type, strategic alliances are being formed  to whittle down the current list of some sixty titles to… well, fewer. A lot fewer. It would be great if sometime before I retire I could strong-arm the staff into […]

Strike that

Spoilers ahead, I guess, for those who have neither read nor seen Wonderstruck; those who have read Brian Selznick’s 2011 novel will find a remarkably consonant story in Todd Haynes’ new movie for which Selznick wrote the screenplay. So if you’ve read the book but not seen the movie, press on, as you’ve been spoiled […]

BBF 2017

I hope to see some of you tomorrow, 11-5, at the Boston Book Festival. The Horn Book will be giving stuff (and opinions; I’m almost done with The Book of Dust) away at booth number 9 in Copley Square. We can see Roxy’s Grilled Cheese (number 33) from our booth! And our Elissa will be […]

Lonely Little In-between

My work-reading this weekend shuttled between The Book of Dust and Turtles All the Way Down, just three old cerebral white guys shooting the shit, yep. I’m liking them both, but we’ll see what Martha and her minions have to say about each in the January issue. My playtime reading shuttled between The Girl Who Takes […]

Heart of the Matter

I am not going to get into the relative merits of American Heart, because I haven’t read it. But I do want to speak to the questionable wisdom of revising a published review or removing a star from a published review, both of which Kirkus did in the case of this book. (Vulture has just published a good […]

Letter to the World

Over on Facebook, Penguin/Putnam Executive Editor Stacey Barney* led me to a great how-I-got-into-publishing-and-how-publishing-could-be-better piece by Random House adult editor Chris Jackson, best know for his publishing of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me. I was especially struck by Jackson’s story about being in his first publishing job and not knowing how to type […]

Thank you all!

The Horn Book’s social media team–Elissa, Katie, and Lolly, but all hands on deck–has been busily documenting the events of last weekend’s Boston Globe-Horn Book/Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium for your viewing and reading pleasure. It was a great weekend, and I want to thank the Horn Book, Simmons, and Globe staff for making it such […]

Intended by whom?

In the comments to a recent Heavy Medal post, there is a discussion about the eligibility and/or chances of The Hate U Give for Newbery discussion. (In case you’re new here, The Hate U Give is receiving the 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction tomorrow night.) It was a Mr. H. who brought up […]

Starred reviews, November/December 2017 Horn Book Magazine

  The following books will receive starred reviews in the November/December issue 2017 of The Horn Book Magazine. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut; by Derrick Barnes; illustrated by Gordon C. James (Millner/Bolden Books/Agate) The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse; by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Jon Klassen (Candlewick) Windows; by Julia Denos; illustrated by E. B. Goodale […]

Not so simple gifts

Jeez, we didn’t get into any trouble at all the last time we criticized a First Lady, but clearly times have changed. I wanted to state that I am very proud that the Horn Book published Liz Phipps Soeiro’s  open letter to Melania Trump. It was polite, constructive, informative, and well-reasoned. Not so for all […]