Meta, man

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2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier, illustrated by Suzy Lee (Chronicle Books), takes page-turning to a new level. Here are some other meta-fictional books that bend our minds. A Book by Mordicai Gerstein; illus. by the author Primary    Roaring Brook    40 pp. 4/09    978-1-59643-251-2     $16.95     g “What’s my […]

Picture book surrealism

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Horn Book Magazine reviewer Thom Barthelmess says, of 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book Black Dog by Levi Pinfold (Candlewick): “The traditional feel of the cumulative telling and the art’s surreal precision and fanciful decay combine to offer a curious metaphorical consideration of what it means to be afraid and what it takes to conquer […]

Reviews of books by Robert Byrd

Electric Ben

Robert Byrd’s Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin is the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction winner. Here’s how The Horn Book has reviewed some of the prolific author/illustrator’s other work. Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer by Robert Byrd; illus. by the author Intermediate     Dutton      48 pp. 7/03     0-525-47033-6     $17.99 Leonardo da Vinci was […]

Photos from the 2013 BGHB announcement at BEA

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On Saturday, June 1, at BookExpo America, Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton and 2010 BGHB Fiction winner Rebecca Stead announced the winners of the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards. For more on this year’s winners — including the Horn Book’s reviews — click here.   NONFICTION WINNER: Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and […]

Horn Book reviews of the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honor books

Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton and 2010 Fiction winner Rebecca Stead announce the winners. Photo by Josephine Marc-Anthony of SLJ.

On Saturday, June 1, at BookExpo America, Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton and author Rebecca Stead announced the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honors. More pictures and video are on the way! In the meantime, read the full BGHB Awards announcement, then check out the Horn Book’s reviews of the celebrated […]

Fiction Reviews of 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Eleanor & Park

Fiction Winner  Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell High School     St. Martin’s Griffin     328 pp. 2/13     978-1-250-01257-9     $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-03121-1     $9.99 It’s the start of a new school year in 1986 Omaha when sophomores Eleanor and Park meet for the first time on the bus. They are an unusual pair: […]

Picture Book Reviews of 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

building our house

Picture Book Winner  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, […]

Nonfiction Reviews of 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Electric Ben

Nonfiction Winner Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd; illus. by the author Intermediate     Dial     40 pp. 9/12     978-0-8037-3749-5     $17.99 With a jacket showing Benjamin Franklin as a cross between a mad scientist and a superhero standing amid wild lightning bolts and surrounded by all manner of […]

2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature

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*NEW!* Click here for the 2013 Award winner speeches and video.   Today, at BookExpo America, The Horn Book’s editor in chief Roger Sutton and 2010 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award-winning author Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me, Random House) announced the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. “The Boston Globe-Horn Book awards have always had […]

Three Mentors

Peter Sis

I was illustrating before I knew what illustrating means. And I knew Hans Christian Andersen stories before I knew who he was. I was always drawing because I was a child growing up in the age before television, computers, and iPhones. I did not know anything about the size of my country or the politics […]