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Horn Book Magazine – March/April 2016

March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazne

Table of Contents Features Beverly Cleary’s 100th Birthday A series of tributes to the author and her work. “The Real Ramona” by David Reuther “Telling the Truth While Making Things Up” by Elaine Scott “Dear Mrs. Cleary” by Varian Johnson “Everyone Needs a Ramona” by Kate Messner “Beverly Cleary and the Art of Growing Up” […]

Review of Pax

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Pax by Sara Pennypacker; illus. by Jon Klassen Intermediate, Middle School   Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins   278 pp. 2/16   978-0-06-237701-2   $16.99 e-book ed. 978-0-06-237703-6   $11.99 Twelve-year-old Peter and his pet fox have been inseparable since Peter rescued Pax as a kit. Now Peter’s father has enlisted, and there’s no room at Grandfather’s house (where the boy will […]

Editorial: Everybody’s Talking

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Along with our perpetual mission concisely originated in Bertha Mahony Miller’s first editorial in October 1924, to “blow the horn for fine books for boys and girls,” each of The Horn Book Magazine’s seven editors in chief has had to address the world around her or him. Bertha guided us through the establishment of children’s […]

Review of Oops Pounce Quick Run!: An Alphabet Caper

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Oops Pounce Quick Run!: An Alphabet Caper by Mike Twohy; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary   Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins 32 pp.   2/16   978-0-06-237700-5   $17.99   g Shelves may groan under the weight of abecedaries, but this one stands out with its use of alphabetic structure to tell a spare, fast-paced story through cartoon illustrations that excel […]

A Fine Bookshelf

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I once taught a rites-of-passage class to a group of African American and Caribbean American teenage girls. The workshops included lessons in history, self-care, and literacy. These classes weren’t supposed to be like school. I was there to help deepen their understanding of their world and their place in it. I created a lesson called […]

Ramona in the 21st-Century Library

Beth McIntyre, Madison County (WI) Public librarian, shows off her Ramona Quimby Q tattoo.

“‘Oh, did people write that in those days, too?’ Beezus was surprised, because she had thought this was something very new to write in an autograph album…” (Beezus and Ramona) Sometimes a book becomes quickly dated, and sometimes it easily crosses decades or generations. Beezus finds this is also true for autograph albums, and she […]

Review of Our Moon: New Discoveries About 
Earth’s Closest Companion

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Our Moon: New Discoveries About 
Earth’s Closest Companion by Elaine Scott Intermediate   Clarion   72 pp. 2/16   978-0-547-48394-8   $18.99   g This deep dive into the science of the moon includes explanations of its formation and composition, as well as details about the all-important Apollo missions (1963–1972) and the latest in lunar exploration. Scott begins with a […]

A Second Look: The Long Life of a Mockingbird

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To make a Tequila Mockingbird, chill your martini glass and cocktail shaker in the freezer. After half an hour, remove the shaker,  throw in a handful of ice, one and a half ounces of tequila, three quarters of an ounce creme de menthe, and the juice of one lime. Shake vigorously, pour into a chilled […]

Review of Snappsy the Alligator: Did Not Ask to Be in This Book!

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Snappsy the Alligator: Did Not Ask to Be in This Book! by Julie Falatko; illus. by Tim Miller Primary   Viking   40 pp. 2/16   978-0-451-46945-8   $16.99   g The omniscient narration begins normally enough: “Snappsy the alligator wasn’t feeling like himself.” After a bit more in this vein, Snappsy turns to the reader: “This is terrible!…Why is […]

Review of Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original “Girl” Reporter Nellie Bly

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Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original “Girl” Reporter Nellie Bly by Deborah Noyes Middle School   Viking   135 pp. 2/16   978-0-803-74017-4   $18.99   g With a title ripped from the headlines of Joseph Pulitzer’s late-nineteenth-century New York World, Noyes invites readers into the life and times of legendary journalist Nellie […]