Reviews of select books by Ashley Bryan

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Ashley Bryan’s Puppets: Making Something from Everything by Ashley Bryan; photos by Ken Hannon; photos edited by Rich Entel Primary    Atheneum    80 pp. 7/14    978-1-4424-8728-4   e-book ed. 978-1-4424-8729-1 It’s impossible to come away from this book without renewed respect for Ashley Bryan as a fine artist. In addition to being a storyteller and illustrator, Bryan […]

Review of The Fun Book of Scary Stuff

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The Fun Book of Scary Stuff by Emily Jenkins; illus. by Hyewon Yum Primary   Foster/Farrar   32 pp. 8/15   978-0-374-30000-5   $16.99 A child shares with his two chatty dogs the list he wrote of things that scare him: monsters, ghosts, witches, trolls. The pug seems sympathetic, but the self-proclaimed “bravest dog ever” bull terrier is unfazed […]

Preview September/October 2015 Horn Book Magazine

September/October 2015 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art from Carl’s Halloween by Alexandra Day. (Very Eventually) the Zena Sutherland Lecture: Jack Gantos ruminates on Rotten Ralph, Ralph Rotten, and “a pair of Jacks.” The Woman Who Drew Narnia: Kirkus Reviews editor Vicky Smith takes us “through the wardrobe” with illustrator Pauline Baynes. Foreign Correspondence: Margaret Robson Kett discusses Kids’ Own Publishing […]

Profile of 2009 Wilder Award winner Ashley Bryan

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By Caitlyn Dlouhy In a recent interview, Ashley Bryan was asked to name a favorite time in his life. Without a pause, he smiled his dazzling smile and exclaimed, “Right now!” At that particular Right Now, Ashley was sitting on a hard plastic chair in a closet-sized studio, portrait lights surely hurting his eyes. Right […]

Motion Math: Cupcake! app review

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I am not a math person. But I am a cupcake person, so math about making and selling cupcakes is far more appealing. Motion Math: Cupcake! (Motion Math, April 2015) allowed me to enact my cupcake-bakery (cupcakery?) daydreams. As the app opens, you set up shop with a one-oven bakery facility, a cute sea-green Vespa […]

We got your Brooklyn booklist right here.

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A quick and handy search on the Horn Book Guide Online (keyword search: “Brooklyn”) brings up 167 reviews of books published since 1989 that are about, in, or around Brooklyn. (Plus, we’ve heard a tree grows there.) Here’s a selection of favorites to consider while enjoying Stephen Savage’s article about the People in His (Brooklyn) […]

Review of Tommy

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Tommy: The Gun that Changed America by Karen Blumenthal Middle School, High School     Roaring Brook     223 pp. 6/15     978-1-62672-084-8     $19.99     g In this biography of a gun and the times in which it lived, Blumenthal traces the Thompson submachine gun, a.k.a. the Tommy. After the Spanish-American War, an Army officer, John […]

Review of The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden

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The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden by Emma Trevayne Intermediate, Middle School     Simon    247 pp. 7/15     978-1-4424-9882-2     $16.99     g e-book ed. 978-1-4424-9886-0     $10.99 While out grave-robbing with his father one night, Thomas Marsden digs up a corpse that looks exactly like him, down to the birthmark on his cheek. In his […]

Review of Playful Pigs from A to Z

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Playful Pigs from A to Z by Anita Lobel; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary     Knopf     40 pp. 7/15     978-0-553-50832-1     $16.99 Library ed. 978-0-553-50833-8     $19.99 e-book ed. 978-0-553-50834-5     $10.99 Twenty-six pigs wake up in their pen and decide to explore the countryside, running down the road and finding a field of “magical surprises”: […]

A Second Look: It’s Like This, Cat

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In late January 1964, a committee of twenty-three librarians from around the country met in a small room in a Chicago hotel to select the Newbery and Caldecott winners from a group of eligible books that had been published in 1963. In those years, the executive board members of ALA’s Children’s Services Division (now ALSC) […]