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Five questions for Andrew Clements

I can’t think of anyone better than Andrew Clements to start off our back-to-school issue of The Horn Book Herald. Clements had been publishing picture books for ten years when his first novel, Frindle, came out in 1996. Has there been a fifth-grader since who hasn’t read it? And Frindle was just the first, soon […]

August 2017 Back to School Horn Book Herald: High School

Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos (Holt) This biography begins with the D-Day landing, then flashes back and follows Capa and Taro through the development of photojournalism, including their documentation of the Spanish Civil War. Carefully selected and positioned photographs create […]

August 2017 Back to School Horn Book Herald: Primary and Intermediate

Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood (Tegen/HarperCollins) “Magical maiden” Chantel’s biggest challenge in her education to become a proper and correct sorceress is “deportment.” And when Miss Ellicott and the other sorceresses disappear, the school runs out of food, and the manageress assigned by the city patriarchs plans to sell off […]

August 2017 Back to School Horn Book Herald: Middle School

The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life by Kwame Alexander Alexander turns motivational speaker in this collection organized like a basketball game, with four quarters and rules. Alexander’s narrative of his early life in sports weaves its way through a lively display of colorful graphics, black-and-white photographs, short […]

August 2017 Back to School Horn Book Herald: Picture Books

Magnets Push, Magnets Pull by David A. Adler; illus. by Anna Raff Illustrated by Anna Raff. This informative, interactive exploration of magnets and magnetism encourages readers to track down materials and investigate on their own. Each physics concept is carefully explained at just the right level and anchored in visible phenomena. Adler addresses common misconceptions […]

Review of Fuzzy

Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger Intermediate, Middle School    Amulet/Abrams    256 pp. 8/16    978-1-4197-2122-9    $14.95 Life quickly gets complicated for seventh-grader Max Zelaster the day she meets Fuzzy, the first robot student at Vanguard Middle School. Designed to use fuzzy logic (hence his name), Fuzzy can think for himself and update his own programming. […]

Board Book Roundup: Summer 2016 Edition

This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. Here are board books to enjoy with your toddler […]

School’s first day and yours

The first day of school is coming soon! Here are some resources from The Horn Book to make it a great one. August 2016: “What Makes a Good School Story?” From the Editor Five Questions for Adam Rex and Christian Robinson about School’s First Day of School Recommended School Stories: Picture Books Recommended School Stories: […]

Review of School’s First Day of School

School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex; 
illus. by Christian Robinson Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp. 6/16    978-1-59643-964-1    $17.99    g We’ve had many books about kids getting ready for the first day of school, but now we have another perspective: the school’s itself. The title page shows the finishing touches being added to a […]

Review of My Teacher Is a Monster! 
(No, I Am Not.)

My Teacher Is a Monster! 
(No, I Am Not.) by Peter Brown; illus. by the author Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp. 7/14    978-0-316-07029-4    $18.00 From the cover, it is clear that Bobby and his teacher do not agree: “My Teacher Is a MONSTER!” says Bobby in a giant word balloon; Ms. Kirby replies, “No, I […]