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Review of You DON’T Want a Unicorn

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You DON’T Want a Unicorn by Ame Dyckman; illus. by Liz Climo Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp. 2/17    978-0-316-34347-3    $16.99    g Dyckman and Climo’s tongue-in-cheek exposé reveals the “reality” of life with a unicorn. And the truth is a lot less wonderful than pro-unicorn propaganda (magic! rainbows! glitter!) would have you believe. The story begins […]

Max & Meredith: The Search for Percival app review

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In Max & Meredith: The Search for Percival (Move On Pluto, January 2017; iOS only), a bespectacled boy named Max wakes up to discover that his dog, Percival, is missing. He enlists the aid of his adventurous friend, Meredith, to search for Percival. Meredith, dressed in a Robin Hood cloak and cap and carrying a […]

Review of Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d

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Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d by Mary Losure Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    164 pp. 2/17    978-0-7636-7063-4    $19.99    g In 1936, economist John Maynard Keyes bought a set of Isaac Newton’s manuscripts at auction only to discover that many of the pages had nothing to do with science, but rather alchemy. Newton, Keyes […]

BGHB at 50: Unleaving

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In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, established in 1967, we will be publishing a series of appreciations of BGHB winners and honorees from the past. This is the first in the series; further installments will appear in the Horn Book Magazine and on hbook.com throughout 2017. I first encountered […]

Review of History Is All You Left Me

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History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera High School    Soho Teen    293 pp. 1/17    978-1-61695-692-9    $18.99    g e-book ed.  978-1-61695-693-6    $10.99 Seventeen-year-old Griffin loses Theo, his best friend and first love, twice: first when the young men break up, and again, as the book opens, when Theo drowns. Dual timelines carry readers simultaneously […]

Review of A Perfect Day

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A Perfect Day by Lane Smith; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Roaring Brook    32 pp. 2/17    978-1-62672-536-2    $17.99 Just what is the definition of a perfect day? Well…it depends on your perspective. All the animals in Bert’s backyard are having the best day. Cat enjoys being in the flowerbed in the sunshine. “It was […]

Booklists and Awards for Family Reading

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Looking for some great books for your own kids or children you know? Check out a selection of award-winners and themed booklists from The Horn Book for children of various ages. The Horn Book’s Fanfare lists: Our choices for the best books of the year. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners. One of the most prestigious […]

Review of Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs & Stories from an African American Childhood

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Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs & Stories from an African American Childhood by Patricia C. McKissack; illus. by Brian Pinkney Preschool, Primary, Intermediate    Schwartz & Wade/Random    171 pp. 1/17    978-0-375-87088-0    $24.99 Library ed.  978-0-375-97088-7    $27.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-307-97495-2    $12.99 Children’s book royalty and storyteller supreme, […]

Review of Well, That Was Awkward

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Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail Middle School    Viking    314 pp. 2/17    978-0-670-01308-1    $16.99    g As eighth grade comes to a close and her fourteenth birthday approaches, Gracie Grant discovers she has a problem. Out of the blue, Gracie realizes she like-likes longtime and suddenly very attractive classmate AJ Rojanasopondist. But that’s not the […]

Snow day reading

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Most of New England has been buried in snow over the past few days, and many schools and workplaces are closed today. It’s a perfect excuse to cuddle up on the couch with a hot drink and a good book. Here are some suggestions for chilly reads to warm the heart — and help keep kids […]