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Melody Jams app review

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Similar in structure to Toca Boca’s Toca Band (but both a little less substantial and a little less…out there), Melody Jams (Melody Jams Inc., April 2016; iOS only) lets you rock out with your own hand-picked backup band. Fill up to five band spots by selecting from twelve monster musicians on instruments such as guitar, […]

September Notes is on the way!

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September’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter mails today! This issue we talk with Vera Brosgol (known for her YA graphic novel Anya’s Ghost) about her debut picture book Leave Me Alone! This month’s other goodies: • picture books behaving badly • chapter books about animal lovers and interspecies friendships • graphic-novel adventures for intermediate […]

Happy 100th birthday, Roald Dahl!

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Roald Dahl wrote a lot, from short stories for adults to fantastical novels for kids. But what I love best about his work is the poetry, which he often tucked into his novels in the form of characters bursting into song. (Those Oompa Loompas had songs in the books with nary a “doopity doo.”) So […]

Goodnight unicorn lovers everywhere

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Goodnight Unicorn by Pearl E. Horne, illustrated by Kendra Spanjer (Bailiwick Press, February 2016) bills itself as “a magical parody” of – you guessed it! – Goodnight Moon. Given the descriptor parody right there on the cover, I expected the book to be silly: filled with farting rainbows and all that. Parodies are supposed to […]

Nursery Rhymes with StoryTime app review

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Classic nursery rhymes meet interactive twenty-first-century technology in the Nursery Rhymes with StoryTime app (ustwo, 2011). Beginning with “Jack and Jill,” children can read and/or hear eight nursery rhymes and manipulate the characters and their props, sometimes in humorous ways — for example, swipe that pail of water up the well and a fish pops […]

It’s the end of the world as we know it…

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I was just looking something up in the November/December 2015 HB Mag and spotted these two YA novels — with their matchy-matchy titles and covers — on facing pages: Yikes. Think the authors know something we don’t?

International Primate Day

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For International Primate Day, here are a few books to get you in the swing of things. One Gorilla: A Counting Book by Anthony Browne; illus. by the author Preschool    Candlewick    32 pp. 2/13    978-0-7636-6352-0    $16.99 For Anthony Browne, a gorilla is never just a gorilla. In this seemingly simple counting book from one to […]

Boston-area events in September

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Connect with favorite authors and fellow book-lovers at a slew of events coming up this month. Here’s a small sampling, see our event calendar for all details and even more events. Tonight, Thursday, September 1st, Kidlit Drink Night will be taking a field trip for Josh Funk’s double book launch party. Come to Tavern in […]

New Horn Book family blog – we have a name!

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Without further ado, The Horn Book presents the name and logo of our upcoming new blog, “Family Reading: Reading to Children. Reading with Children. Children Reading.” Here Roger talks about the inspiration behind the blog and about the wonderful logo art done by illustrator and friend-of-the-Horn-Book Liza Woodruff. Family Reading will debut on September 14. […]

DreamWorks Shrek & Friends app review

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A simple, drag-and-drop app, DreamWorks Shrek & Friends (DreamWorks and Fox & Sheep, July 2016) invites you to get toddler-aged versions of six different DreamWorks characters ready for their day. The app opens with some very familiar typeface (hint, it’s green with ears) and moves directly into a colorful, early morning cityscape, complete with gentle […]