Five reasons to get your holiday gifts from a bookstore

Holidays at Brookline Booksmith. Used by permission.

In our January/February 2016 issue, Abby McGanney Nolan tackles a topic dear to my former-bookselling (and aspiring children’s-book-creating) heart. Her article “Shelf Lives: From Bookseller to Bestseller” features interviews with a slew of children’s book creators who got their start working in bookstores. Plenty of current and former Horn Bookers have also spent time as […]

The Wunderglasses app review

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As The Wunderglasses app (Gentle Troll, December 2015) opens, a little boy named Max is playing in the park. He notices a strange pair of glasses on the ground; when he puts them on, everything ordinary now looks extraordinary. Users swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to see what Max sees: a […]

Trend alert: authors who <3 authors

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In the process of checking the bibliographic info of Judith Viorst’s forthcoming poetry collection What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About?: Poems for When a Person Needs a Poem (Atheneum/Dlouhy, February 2016), I happened to notice something a little more interesting than an ISBN: Visions ensued of a power friendship between two […]

Folktale and nursery rhyme title teasers

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Who remembers being tickled by our Storyland and Ask Rapunzel features? (Heads up — Ron Koertge has another Storyland entry coming up in the January/February Horn Book Magazine: “You Don’t Know Jack.”) Also, who loves Horn Book quizzes? On Twitter? You’re in luck! Author Mary Jessie Parker* has devised for us a Title Teasers quiz: Name […]

’Twas the eighth day of Hanukkah…

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’Twas the eighth day of Hanukkah. (Chanukah? Well, it’s easy to celebrate, harder to spell.) The table was covered in relics of wax, and presents long-opened were sitting in stacks. The gelt was just wrappers. The dreidels were spun. The Maccabees’ moment was quite nearly done. Then off near the shelves, there arose such a […]

Goodbye, Katniss

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It’s always hard to say goodbye to a beloved series. In the case of The Hunger Games trilogy, movie adaptations have drawn out the inevitable for several more years — but now the end is truly here. In tribute (har har) to the franchise, we’ve pulled together a roundup of our Hunger Games coverage (and […]

Sago Mini Fairy Tales app review

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I know I recently reviewed a Sago Mini app, but I just like them so much! And how could I resist Sago Mini Fairy Tales (December 2014), featuring two of my favorite things: fairy tales and felines? An orange, fairy-winged kitty emerges from a cottage to explore a nighttime fairyland scene. Similar to the setup […]

Mockingjay Part 2: Let’s talk about that epilogue

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It’s never fun to listen to someone talk about all of the ways in which a movie was not like the book. And I’m not going to do that here because that is not the point. Am I sad that the personalities and import of secondary characters were lost between Mockingjay the book and Mockingjay […]

Kindergarten party at the library!

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Earlier this week, the Cambridge Public Library hosted a party for all city kindergartners. The occasion? Signing up for library cards! As our friendly neighborhood librarian and manager of youth services, Julie Roach, told us: once you turn five, you can get your *very own library card* (which looks just like the grownups’) and check […]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 movie review

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Given my love for The Hunger Games books and appreciation for the previous movie adaptations, I had high hopes for the final installment, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (Lionsgate, November 2015; see  Mockingjay, Part 1 review here). Sad to say, I was disappointed. Obviously, spoilers ahead for both movie and novel. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) […]