Subscribe to The Horn Book

Reviews

Review of A Song About Myself

keats_song about myself

A Song About Myself by John Keats; illus. by Chris Raschka Preschool, Primary    Candlewick    40 pp. 3/17    978-0-7636-5090-2    $17.99    g Raschka’s exuberant pictures and Keats’s playful nonsense poem make an irresistible combination from the very first page, which begins, “There was a naughty Boy…” A thick band of color runs […]

Review of Strange the Dreamer

taylor_strange the dreamer

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor High School    Little, Brown    533 pp. 3/17    978-0-316-34168-4    $18.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-316-34164-6    $10.99 Lazlo Strange is a lowly librarian with a keen and singular interest in the mysterious city of Weep, which lost contact with the rest of the world over two […]

Review of Spring for Sophie

waber_spring for sophie

Spring for Sophie by Yael Werber; illus. by Jen Hill Preschool, Primary    Wiseman/Simon    32 pp. 2/17    978-1-4814-5134-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-5135-2    $10.99 In the middle of winter (a snowy, northern, rural winter), Sophie is ready for spring. She wonders when it will arrive and how she will know it is […]

Review of Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team

sheinkin_undefeated

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin Middle School, High School    Roaring Brook    280 pp. 1/17    978-1-59643-954-2    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-59643-955-9    $9.99 Football icon Jim Thorpe is the indisputable star of Undefeated, although other compelling narratives come into play, including those of the infamous […]

Review of Bull

bull-david-elliott-small

Bull by David Elliott High School    Houghton    188 pp. 3/17    978-0-544-61060-6    $17.99    g There’s little grand or heroic in Elliott’s clever verse version of the classical story of the Minotaur: its title, Bull, is topically and colloquially apt. The story unrolls in the voices of seven characters, each with his […]

Collective biographies

easbaum_little kids first big book of who

Esbaum, Jill  Little Kids First Big Book of Who Gr. K–3    128 pp.    National Geographic First Big Books series. This colorful, oversize book features concise but engaging bios of some of the world’s most well-known artists, inventors, scientists, explorers, and human-rights leaders. Information about each individual is presented in accessible language geared at young readers, […]

Spring into poetry

bodden_finding the rhyme in a poem

Bodden, Valerie  Finding the Rhyme in a Poem Illustrated by Monique Felix Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Creative Education Bodden, Valerie Picturing Words in a Poem Illustrated by Monique Felix Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Creative Education Bodden, Valerie  Poking Fun in a Poem Illustrated by Etienne Delessert Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Creative Education Bodden, Valerie Who […]

Kids and computing

anniss_make a podcast

Anniss, Matt  Make a Podcast! Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Arcturus Anniss, Matt  Start a Blog! Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Arcturus Find Your Talent series. General directions, some of which seems like common sense, guide readers through creating a web presence. Anecdotal snippets about already established and popular sites add interest to the occasionally contradictory text […]

Environmental activism

drummond_green city

Drummond, Allan  Green City: How One Community Survived a Tornado and Rebuilt for a Sustainable Future Gr. K–3    40 pp.     Farrar/Foster On May 4, 2007, a tornado leveled Greensburg, Kansas. The citizens who stayed decided to rebuild a community as environmentally sound as possible. Drummond creates a first-person narrator from a composite of experiences “meant […]

Women in STEAM

burleigh_solving the puzzle under the sea

Burleigh, Robert  Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor Gr. K–3, 4–6     40 pp.     Simon/Wiseman Illustrated by Raúl Colón. This book spotlights groundbreaking scientist Marie Tharp, the oceanographic cartographer whose mapping of the Atlantic seafloor yielded key evidence confirming the theory of continental drift. Tharp holds the narrative reins here, […]