The new headless torsos, redux

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The new headless torsos could also be this.   For more book jacket love, read Thom Barthelmess’s article What Makes a Good Book Cover? From the March/April Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Illustration.

March Notes

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March Notes is here! This month, look for five questions for queen of collage Lois Ehlert, plus • picture book biographies about trailblazers • preschool books about vehicles • chapter books starring spirited heroines • YA novels about boys on the edge Enjoy! Read the issue online here, or subscribe to receive both the monthly Notes from the […]

March children’s lit events in Boston

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There are a heckuva lot of events happening in and around Boston this month — definitely a good thing, since we’re all starting to go a little stir-crazy with winter dragging on. Signings, workshops, panels, and drink nights make for a nice change from holing up at home on these dreary days. Be sure to […]

Lazoo Zoo! app review

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It’s always time to feed the animals at Lazoo Zoo! (2013). Move from habitat to habitat dishing out all sorts of delicious foods — from reasonable fare such as bananas and grapes to more ridiculous entrees such as burgers, birthday cake, and even a saxophone — to a motley crew of eleven animal residents. The […]

Review(s) of the Week news

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We’re expanding our Review of the Week feature to spotlight more of the books (and more of the HB reviewers!) we love. Beginning today, you’ll find brand-new reviews of recommended books and apps four days a week: Mondays: picture books Tuesdays: fiction Wednesdays: nonfiction Thursdays: apps and e-books Click on the tag Review of the […]

Byron Barton on My Bus

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In the March/April 2014 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer K. T. Horning asked author/illustrator Byron Barton about My Bus, his latest transportation celebration. Read the starred review here. K. T. Horning: Joe from My Bus and Sam from My Car (Greenwillow, 2001) seem to lead parallel lives. And yet Joe’s passengers are animals and Sam’s are […]

The wave of the future?

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“What is it?” “It looks like a Disney princess movie!” “It sounds like a Planet Earth episode.” Well, not exactly, but not far off the mark, either. Disney and author Jennifer Donnelly (A Northern Light, Revolution) are collaborating on a multimedia fantasy project set to debut in early May. The WaterFire saga is projected to […]

Roxie’s Doors app review

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“Lift the flaps and step through doors into wonderful worlds that you can explore. Open the door to a fantasy — imagination is your key!” Welcome to Roxie’s Doors (OCG Studios and Roxie Munro, 2011), an interactive lift-the-flap search-and-find app based on author/illustrator Roxie Munro’s 2004 picture book Doors. The rhyming text (with optional narration […]

Books for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2014

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In Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls, Lia, an anorexic and cutter, learns that her estranged friend Cassie was found dead in a motel room — after leaving Lia thirty-three messages. Cassie’s death tips the already fragile Lia into a vortex of self-destruction. Anderson conveys Lia’s illness vividly through her dark, fantastic thoughts. This stream-of-consciousness, first-person, present-tense […]

Winter crafts; or, know your audience

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It’s not unusual for the Horn Book to receive submissions from adult publishers, and we recently opened a box from Lark, an imprint of Sterling Publishing (whose children’s books we do review). Lark books are crafts books – beautifully produced, sturdy how-to paperbacks about sewing, crocheting, jewelry-making, flower-arranging, etc. Pretty Quilled Cards: 25+ Creative Designs […]