>Previewing the Spring 2010 print edition of The Horn Book Guide, that’s the number of new reviews just added to the Horn Book Guide Online. Check it out.
>Elissa, Kitty and Chelsey have achieved their first step toward world domination with the release of the latest quarterly update to the Guide Online. We have a very nice new page designed by Lolly, and you’ll notice that you can now access lists of the authors and titles of the 653 books newly reviewed. We [...]
>It’s a wide world, all right. I’m editing Guide reviews this week and got conceptual whiplash when I hit these two picture book reviews in a row: Harriet Dancing, by Ruth Symes and Caroline Jayne Church. “A hedgehog’s feelings are hurt when the dancing butterflies won’t let her join in.” Giant Meatball, by Robert Weinstock. [...]
>Debbie Reese revisits one of the more interesting events of my years here. In another recent entry she talks about author John Smelcer’s aspirations to Indian-ness. Our review of The Trap didn’t mention it, but the jacket flap does claim that the author is “of Ahtna Athabaskan descent,” which apparently he isn’t, although his adoptive [...]
>Jennifer Weiner knows why the New York Times doesn’t review her books and she’s not afraid to share. Her rant might have been more effective had she not spent so much of it bragging about being rich and popular. I’m reminded of the time I was collared at BEA by a joke-book author who complained [...]
>In case you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, we’re proofreading the next issue of the Horn Book Guide, and the Intermediate Fiction section is crawling with Greek gods. The pirates seem in retreat. As are the faEEries. I wonder when publishers find out that they’re all doing the same thing, and how they feel about [...]