Horn Book reviews of the 2013 Caldecott Medal winner This Is Not My Hat and the five honor books.
Touch Press, developers of such apps as The Elements and March of the Dinosaurs, presents X Is for X-Ray (2011), an interactive alphabet book designed to elucidate the ins and outs of everyday objects through x-ray photography. With a series of swipes and pinches (swipe up for natural light, down for x-ray, left and right [...]
The Archived by Victoria Schwab Middle School, High School Hyperion 324 pp. 1/13 978-1-4231-5731-1 $16.99 g Mackenzie is a “Keeper”; her job is to return the wakeful dead (or “Histories”) to the Archive, a repository of all human memory. Persuading the dead to return to their rightful resting place often involves kick-ass combat, but never [...]
Reviewed by Ethel L. Heins ROSA GUY The Friends 204 pp. Holt 1973 The first juvenile novel by a young writer is a penetrating story of considerable emotional depth. Two teenaged girls — Phyllisia and her older sister Ruby — come to New York from the West Indies to join their émigré parents in ” [...]
Poet Calef Brown, author and illustrator of such books as Flamingos on the Roof and We Go Together (which dropped January 15), transforms his paperback doodle book, Dragon, Robot, Gatorbunny: Pick one. Draw it. Make it funny., into an imaginative and interactive e-book (Chronicle, print book published April 2012; e-book November 2012). The chimerical menagerie [...]
Building Our House by Jonathan Bean; illus. by the author Primary Farrar 48 pp. 1/13 978-0-374-38023-6 $17.99 g Drawing on childhood memories from his own family’s house construction (see author’s note), Bean creates an engaging story as well as a glimpse into a warm family setting. A little girl narrates, and her childlike voice provides [...]
Part history lesson, part folklore, Small and Tall Tales of Extinct Animals (Gecko, September 2012) uses sequential art and richly colored portraits to tell the stories of twenty-seven extinct animal species. Spanning thousands of years, this book introduces extinct animals from several continents with explorers’ accounts, cultural folk stories, and archeological facts. Authors Hélène Rajcak [...]