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Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler’s Why We Broke Up (December, Little, Brown) is, hands-down, one of my favorite YA novels of the season. It’s written as Min Green’s epic, no-punches-pulled breakup note to Ed Slaterton, intended to accompany a box she’s going to leave on his doorstep. Each object (illustrated by Maira Kalman) in the box was collected […]

5+ questions for David Carter

spot the dot

Pop-up whiz David A. Carter recently collaborated with Ruckus Media on Spot the Dot, a concept-learning app where users search for colored dots in increasingly complex settings. The kaleidoscopic screens of brightly colored shapes roaming around black backgrounds are exciting just to look at, but even better is the way the app engages users in […]

Learning in the age of apps

While our sister publication School Library Journal tracks major national changes in school library technology, local news also emphasizes that “things are changing fast”: Boston’s free daily newspaper The Metro reports that area public schools are turning to iPads for their classrooms. Boston Public elementary schools are trying a pilot program offering iPads to students […]

Get “The Goods”

from Adam Rex’s “Abraham SuperLincoln” Venerable-yet-irreverent multimedia publisher McSweeney’s recently announced a new project: “The Goods,” a weekly newspaper insert offering “a gallimaufry of games, puzzles, comics, and other diversions” created by children’s authors and illustrators. Looking at their line-up — headed by such heavy hitters as Mo Willems, Laurie Keller, Lane Smith, Bob Shea, Adam […]

London calling

rubbino_walk in london

I just reviewed Salvatore Rubbino’s nonfiction picture book A Walk in London (Candlewick, March) for the May/June 2011 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. A follow-up to A Walk in New York, Rubbino’s new book is equally engaging, informative, and beautifully illustrated — and had me longing for a plane ticket back to my beloved […]

“It’s your Day of all Days! It’s the Best of the Best!”

As you may have noticed, yesterday was Dr. Seuss’s 107th birthday (and the 14th annual Read Across America Day). I celebrated by drooling over the unbelievable Dr. Seuss-themed goodies over at Cakewrecks and making a birthday card for the good doctor with an app from Oceanhouse Media:   I really would have liked to party […]

The drama of the page-scroll

I have to admit to having some trepidation in reviewing children’s apps. It’s clear that book-related apps for kids are a different animal from kids’ books — but how different are they? Is what makes a good app the same as what makes a good book? Can I still talk about “the drama of the […]

Read Send me another story, please!

I just got a send-a-story of Susan Meyers’s and Marla Frazee’s Everywhere Babies from thoughtful Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publicity Director—and Horn Book alum—Karen Walsh. (How did she know I love Marla Frazee?) These genius greeting card/book hybrids allow you to mail an entire picture book to a loved one for less than five bucks and […]