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Review of Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World’s Brightest Bird

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Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World’s Brightest Bird [Scientists in the Field] by Pamela S. Turner; photos by Andy Comins; with art by Guido De Filippo Intermediate, Middle School    Houghton    73 pp. 8/16    978-0-544-41619-2    $18.99 Turner’s latest Scientists in the Field entry returns to the fascinating topic she explored in The Dolphins of […]

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie review

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“Yesterday, a wizard entered New York with a case. A case full of magical creatures. And unfortunately, some have escaped.” That’s the basic premise for the new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Warner Bros., November 2016; PG-13), the first in a projected five-movie spin-off series of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise […]

Review of When the Sea Turned to Silver

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When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Little, Brown    373 pp. 10/16    978-0-316-12592-5    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-31769-6    $9.99 In this companion to Lin’s Newbery Honor book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (rev. 9/09) and Starry River of the Sky (rev. 11/12), young Pinmei goes in […]

Review of Nanette’s Baguette

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Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems; illus. by the author Primary    Hyperion    40 pp. 10/16    978-1-4847-2286-2    $17.99    g Willems’s latest picture book takes place in France, where the mother of a young anthropomorphic frog entrusts her daughter, the eponymous Nanette, with the responsibility of purchasing a baguette. The village Nanette traverses on her way to the […]

Sir David Attenborough’s Story of Life app review

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Released in honor of his ninetieth birthday, Sir David Attenborough’s Story of Life (BBC Worldwide, November 2016; iOS and Android) spans his six-decade career as a naturalist and and the voice of the BBC’s wildlife programming. The app — which is, incredibly, free — contains over one thousand video clips from more than forty BBC […]

Preview January/February 2017 Horn Book Magazine

January/February 2017 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art by Francis Vallejo. Horn Book Fanfare: Our choices for the best books of 2016. Coverage of the 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards: judges’ remarks, speeches, photos—in our 50th year! “Out of the Box”: M. T. Anderson’s Horn Book at Simmons keynote address. In “Fostering Wonder,” Kathleen T. Isaacs examines how picture books can […]

Holiday High Notes 2016

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’Tis the season…to read and enjoy our annual selection of new (and reissued) holiday books. Fly Guy’s Ninja Christmas by Tedd Arnold; illus. by the author Primary    Cartwheel/Scholastic    32 pp. 10/16    978-0-545-66277-2    $6.99    g On Christmas Eve, Buzz and his pet fly read a book about ninjas. Then Buzz explains Christmas to Fly Guy: “Santa […]

Review of Brown v. Board of Education: A Fight for Simple Justice

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Brown v. Board of Education: A Fight for Simple Justice by Susan Goldman Rubin Intermediate, Middle School    Holiday    132 pp. 10/16    978-0-8234-3646-0    $18.95    g e-book ed.  978-0-8234-3708-5    $18.95 In 1950, Thurgood Marshall was a young African American lawyer determined to “wipe out…all phases of segregation in education from professional school to kindergarten.” He and other […]

Review of Ghost

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Ghost [Track] by Jason Reynolds Intermediate, Middle School    Dlouhy/Atheneum    181 pp. 8/16    978-1-4814-5015-7    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-5017-1    $10.99 When it comes to providing mirrors for contemporary African American teens, Reynolds (When I Was the Greatest, rev. 1/14; The Boy in the Black Suit, rev. 3/15) has proven himself to be an emerging leader. His latest […]

Review of Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter

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Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle; illus. by Becca Stadtlander Primary    Chronicle    32 pp. 8/16    978-1-4521-2901-3    $16.99 Here’s a unique look at the (considerable) work involved in putting a small farm to bed for the winter — covering strawberry plants with straw, cutting back and burning raspberry canes, chopping and […]