Five questions for Christian Robinson

Christian Robinson

With Last Stop on Market Street (Putnam, 5–8 years), author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson take readers on a bus journey through the city — along the way exploring a young boy’s warm relationship with his nana, her sunny outlook on life, and their interactions with the diverse people they encounter. We […]

Connecting the dots

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Probably inspired by our seeing yesterday the wonderfully mysterious The Clouds of Sils Maria, I dreamed last night that we received for review a new YA novel that took the form of a high school yearbook. Apparently something very terrible had happened at that school, but the reader had to piece together clues in the text and […]

Marcia Brown, 1918-2015

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We were saddened to hear about the death of author-illustrator Marcia Brown this week at the age of ninety-six. The winner of three Caldecott Medals — for Cinderella in 1955, Once a Mouse in 1962, and Shadow in 1983 — she was also recognized with a whopping six Caldecott Honors (including her indelible Stone Soup […]

Transformers: How Did Snow White Survive in That Glass Coffin?

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I often write novels based on fairy tales, folktales, myths, and religious stories. They attract me for three reasons. They have stood the test of time, and I want to harness that power. Their plots grip me so hard I can barely breathe. They challenge me: how do I interest readers in a story they […]

Field Notes: Alice, the Transformer

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She began life as Alice Liddell, the daughter of an Oxford college dean, who in 1856, along with her brother and two sisters, was befriended by mathematics tutor Charles Dodgson, later better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll. A few years later, on a summer boat trip, the first transformation occurred when Carroll told […]

“Dear Mr. Zelinsky”

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This is a lesson in overcoming assumptions. The mail I receive from readers trends strongly to the appreciative; it’s rare that anything remotely critical comes in, so I’m sure I’m completely spoiled. When I read this letter from a class near Philadelphia and saw that they were questioning a scene in the background of one […]

A new original comic: Book & Me

Book & Me by Charise Mericle Harper

We are thrilled to present Book & Me, a new comics series by Charise Mericle Harper about an author and her not-always-cooperative — but always hugely entertaining — literary creation. The first five comics originally appeared in The Horn Book Magazine May/June Special Issue: Transformations. You can read all about Harper’s inspiration for this series […]

Editorial: Plus ça change

May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine

Late last summer, the Horn Book staff gathered at Roger’s house for our annual editorial and organizational planning meeting. It was one of those Goldilocks sorts of days: too hot in the sun, too cold in the shade. This winter’s Snowpocalypse wasn’t even a gleam in anyone’s eye. Our office had recently moved from Charlestown […]

Horn Book Magazine – May/June 2015

May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine

Table of Contents Features “Hijacking the Pumpkin Coach” by Gregory Maguire Steering familiar stories in new directions. “Book & Me” by Charise Mericle Harper We debut a new comics series. “Apples to Elephants: Artists in Animation” by Betsy Bird Animation skills can — and often do — 
translate to skills in picture-book illustration. “From Series […]

Jack and Hazel

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WHY I have to go to Chicago to see Jack Gantos when he lives only a mile away from my office is a question I’ll happily ignore to hear his Zena Sutherland Lecture at the Chicago Public Library tomorrow night. Join us if you can; otherwise you can read Jack’s speech in the Horn Book this […]