It’s time to play the (sexy) music

big_bird_gonzo

Watching old episodes of The Muppet Show with my three-year-old, I’m reminded of the Katy Perry Sesame Street scandal from a few years ago. Granted, Gonzo and the gang have always been more envelope-pushing than their daytime puppet counterparts, but it is nevertheless a little bit off-key-sounding to hear Kermit describe Raquel Welch as “sexy” […]

Must-see TV

sendak on colbert

This morning, shrieks of laughter filled our normally quiet office as the Horn Book staff watched The Colbert Report‘s Maurice Sendak interviews. If you haven’t seen these, head right over to Comedy Central’s website; they’re not to be missed! Here’s Night 1 and Night 2.

How to annoy your boss in two minutes or less

Roger Sutton really does not like the Muppets. Who knew? If you want to stay on his good side, do not play, sing, or reference the song “Mahna Mahna”. For those of you like me who do like the Muppets—and especially “Mahna Mahna”—here is some joy to end the year: Happy New Year!

Why I love my job

Martha by Susan Meddaugh

Here’s a glimpse at what came out of a FedEx box I found on my desk this morning: nine pages of watercolor from Susan Meddaugh, plus nine more in black and white with word balloon text. Such a good way to start the week! Susan (or rather Martha) has written an article about the transition […]

Best Simpsons episode ever

Author Neil Gaiman was recently featured in an episode of The Simpsons entitled “The Book Job.”   Above and beyond the awesomeness of Neil Gaiman, the episode is worth watching (even if you’re not a big Simpsons fan) for its smart commentary on children’s book publishing.