Poetry

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Hopkins, Lee Bennett, Selector All the World’s a Stage Gr. 4–6   40 pp. Creative Editions Illustrated by Guy Billout. Using Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages of Man” monologue from As You Like It as his armature, Hopkins has chosen two or three poems for each life stage. The poignant, funny, or thought-provoking poems stem from a range […]

Dinosaurs app review

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Many kids visit natural history museums for school field trips or just for fun. Around here it’s the Harvard Natural History Museum (home of the stunning glass flowers room and free to Massachusetts residents on Sunday mornings). Chicago has the Field Museum. And in the NY/NJ/CT tri-state area kids flock to the American Museum of […]

Books mentioned in the March 2014 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Women’s History Corey, Shana Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure Illustrated by Hadley Hooper Gr. K–3     40 pp.    Scholastic    2012 Trade ISBN 978-0-545-34278-0 McCann, Michelle Roehm and Welden, Amelie Girls Who Rocked the World: Heroines from Joan of Arc to Mother Teresa High school    248 pp.    Simon/Aladdin    2012 […]

Board Book Roundup: Spring 2014 Edition

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This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. La gallina grande / Big Fat Hen by Keith […]

Review of Pure Grit

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Pure Grit: How American World War II 
Nurses Survived Battle and 
Prison Camp in the Pacific by Mary Cronk Farrell Middle School, High School    Abrams    160 pp. 2/14    978-1-4197-1028-5    $24.95 There are many books written about young people enlisting in the military, being unprepared for the horrors of battle or tortures of capture, serving bravely, […]

Review of The Children of the King

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The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    266 pp. 3/14    978-0-7636-6735-1    $16.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-7636-7042-9    $16.99 Continuing her string of novels exploring the effects of war on innocents (The Silver Donkey, rev. 9/06; The Midnight Zoo, rev. 9/11), Hartnett’s latest book tackles the home front. In the early days […]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Erin go bragh! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with nonfiction about Ireland and its history, fiction starring Irish and Irish American protagonists, and a little bit of pure blarney, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine.   Picture books In Eve Bunting’s Ballywhinney Girl, Maeve’s grandpa unearths a mummy — common in Ireland, where (a note […]

Review of Ballad

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Ballad by Blexbolex; trans. from the 
French by Claudia Z. Bedrick; 
illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Enchanted Lion    280 pp. 11/13    978-1-59270-137-7    $22.95 The French illustrator (Seasons, rev. 7/10; People, rev. 9/11) is as provocative as ever in this graphic celebration — and parody — of the very idea of story. Like Dr. Seuss’s […]

Review of Beyond Magenta

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Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin High School    Candlewick    182 pp. 2/14    978-0-7636-5611-9    $22.99 e-book ed.  978-0-7636-7035-1    $22.99 Rather than attempting to convey the spectrum of transgender experience through a multitude of voices, Kuklin tries something different here, focusing on just six young people whose gender identity is something other than what […]

What Makes a Good Book Cover?

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We have all seen book covers we don’t like. Some suffer from unfortunate aesthetics, being too busy, poorly rendered, or just plain dull, deterring readers with their intimations of boredom within. Others misrepresent the text they introduce, unintentionally or deliberately promising a book they can’t deliver. The offense of a bad book cover feels especially […]