Reviews of select books by Marc Simont

happy day

The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss, illus. by Marc Simont, Harper, 1949 The author of The Carrot Seed and Bears has once again demonstrated her ability to tell a story in the fewest possible words. Her text and Marc Simont’s fine pictures tell of the animals in the woods running because they sniff a joyful […]

A Children’s Bookshop in New Zealand: One Family’s Enterprise

dorothy butler

by Dorothy Butler The fact that the story of my bookshop cannot be separated from the story of my family is hardly surprising. Given simultaneous ambitions to enjoy the childhood years of eight children and to establish a book business, one is not offered a choice; the area of overlap must be considerable. In my […]

Book caravan

Book Caravan

Last week we received a permissions request from librarian Orty Ortwein to accompany his article on the Book Caravan, brainchild of Mother Horn Book Bertha Mahony Miller. It put us in a nostalgic mood, so here’s some more information about Horn Book history: articles about the Book Caravan, the Bookshop for Boys and Girls, and […]

Ed Emberley

ed emberley

by Barbara Emberley Ed’s first instruction concerning this biography was to make it just that — a biography, not an appreciation. So I will do as he requested and “stick to the facts.” To begin, Ed’s full name is Edward Randolph Emberley. He was born in Malden, Massachusetts, on October 19, 1931. He was a […]

Caldecott Award Acceptance by Ed Emberley

drummer hoff

by Ed Emberley Given at the American Library Association in Kansas City, Missouri, June 25, 1968. The Caldecott Medal for “the most distinguished American picture book for children” was awarded to Edward Emberley for Drummer Hoff (Prentice-Hall). It was a cold, snowy evening back in January when I received a person-to-person call from Florida. We […]

Picture Books, Art and Illustration

always room for one more

From Newbery and Caldecott Medal Books, 1966-1975 edited by Lee Kingman, published by The Horn Book, 1975 Ten years, ten books. Ten books that, one by one, have been put forth as the best of the year’s picture books, by inference the best that America could produce. This is the burden of the Newbery and […]

Horn Book reviews of Caldecott Medal winners, 1960-1969

nine days to christmas

1960 MARIE HALL ETS and AURORA LABASTIDA Nine Days to Christmas (Viking) Illustrated by Marie Hall Ets The creator of Play with Me and her co-author, who has worked with children at the Benjamin Franklin Library in Mexico City, have together produced a charming Christmas picture book. The significance of the Mexican posada and piñata […]

Reviews of select Bernard Waber titles

house on east 88th street

Bernard Waber, Author-Illustrator  The House on East 88th Street 48 pp.  Houghton  $3.00 Library edition  $2.90 Tried out with a picture-book group, this tale of a domesticated crocodile named Lyle proved consistently captivating. In his story, Lyle wins the hearts of new residents of a New York City house where an actor has left him […]

May Massee: As Her Author-Illustrators See Her

may massee

by Ludwig Bemelmans About seven years ago a typographer brought Miss Massee to my house for dinner. It was a dreary building of six rooms in a noisy neighborhood. The windows of my living room looked out at a cobweb of telegraph wires, a water tank, and a Claude Neon sign that flashed “Two Pants […]

Ludwig Bemelmans

Ludwig Bemelmans

by May Massee Every writer leaves bits and pieces of his own story in his books whether he knows it or not, so I thought I’d look through some of Ludwig Bemelmans’ books to see what he says about himself here and there. The trouble is, I find a paragraph that shows what a good […]