Review of Lord and Lady Bunny — Almost Royalty!: By Mr. & Mrs. Bunny

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Lord and Lady Bunny — Almost Royalty!: By Mr. & Mrs. Bunny by Polly Horvath; illus. by Sophie Blackall Intermediate    Schwartz & Wade/Random    293 pp. 2/14    978-0-307-98065-6    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-307-98066-3    $19.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-307-98067-0    $10.99 In this funny, meticulously crafted sequel to Mr. and Mrs. Bunny — Detectives Extraordinaire! (rev. 1/12), young Madeline […]

Jack and the Beanstalk app review

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The latest in Nosy Crow’s fairy-tale app series, Jack and the Beanstalk (January 2013), features all of the developer’s thoughtful design hallmarks (main text and speech bubbles narrated by child actors; intuitive, no-reading-required navigation; a wide repertoire of possible interactive responses; subtle verbal and visual interactivity prompts), but this is perhaps the most activity-driven and […]

Happy birthday, Charles Darwin!

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Charles Robert Darwin was born on this day in 1809. Below you’ll find a range of nonfiction titles on Darwin’s life, his theories of evolution, and his contributions to science, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine. Primary In Charlie and Kiwi: An Evolutionary Adventure, Eileen Campbell’s age-appropriate, scientifically on-target discussion of evolution, Charlie and […]

Review of Gobble You Up!

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Gobble You Up! by Gita Wolf; illus. by Sunita Preschool, Primary    Tara    40 pp. 10/13    978-81-923171-4-4    $34.95 The outline is familiar: after gulping down animal after animal, a greedy creature bursts. Here it’s a jackal who devours the dozen fish his best friend the crane has caught for him, then the crane herself, and so […]

Olympics booklist

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The opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, are happening as I type! Here are some of our favorite Olympics-centric titles — covering winter and summer sports; fiction and nonfiction; biographies of Olympic athletes and stories of would-be Olympic animals — all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book […]

Review of How I Discovered Poetry

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How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson; 
illus. by Hadley Hooper Middle School    Dial    103 pp. 1/14    978-0-8037-3304-6    $16.99    g In fifty poems (some previously published) Nelson chronicles her formative years during the 1950s, from age four to thirteen, against the backdrop of the cold war and stirrings of the civil rights movement and women’s […]

Happy Year of the Horse!

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The celebration of Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, begins today! Eat some dumplings and share one of these books for young readers, recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide, which feature the holiday. (And go celebrate with author/illustrator Grace Lin at the Carle Museum tomorrow!) Picture books […]

Review of Hello, Mr. Hulot

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Hello, Mr. Hulot by David Merveille; 
illus. by the author Primary    NorthSouth    56 pp. 9/13    978-0-7358-4135-2    $17.95 Monsieur Hulot, a character invented and played by French filmmaker Jacques Tati in such movies as Les Vacances de M. Hulot (Mr. Hulot’s Holiday), is one part schlemiel, one part everyman, one part existentialist, and all parts kindness. […]

RIP, Pete Seeger

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Great singer-songwriter/activist Pete Seeger died on Monday at the age of ninety-four. Here are a few picture book versions of his folk songs, reviewed in The Horn Book Guide. In Turn! Turn! Turn!: Words from Ecclesiastes, Wendy Anderson Halperin illustrates Seeger’s Ecclesiastes-inspired folk song with delicate watercolor and pencil art depicting nature, feelings, folk causes, […]

Reviews of the 2014 Batchelder Award winners

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Winner: Mister Orange by Truus Matti; trans. from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson; 
illus. by Jenni Desmond (Enchanted Lion) In 1943 Manhattan, Linus’s position in his large family shifts when his oldest brother, Albie, goes off to war and Linus is assigned a new job — delivery boy for the family’s grocery store. One of […]