Subscribe to The Horn Book

Review of We March

We March by Shane W. Evans; 
illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    32 pp. 1/12    978-1-59643-539-1    $16.99 Many young children know there was a march on Washington a long time ago and that Martin Luther King Jr. gave a famous speech that day. Some know why the march took place; fewer still know […]

Review of To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement

To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement [New York Times Books] by Charlayne Hunter-Gault Middle School, High School  Flash Point/Roaring Brook  195 pp. 1/12    978-1-59643-605-3    $22.99 One of the first two students to successfully desegregate an all-white college in the South looks back at six pivotal years of the U.S. civil rights […]

Review of The Cabinet of Earths

The Cabinet of Earths by Anne Nesbet Intermediate    Harper/HarperCollins    260 pp. 1/12    978-0-06-196313-1    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-209919-8    $8.99 “Well! It is better to read fairy tales than to find yourself caught in them,” Nesbet’s narrator declares, a predictor of what is to be found in the subsequent pages — for Nesbet’s story is a-shimmer with […]

Review of And Then It’s Spring

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano; 
illus. by Erin E. Stead Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    32 pp. 2/12    978-1-59643-624-4    $16.99 A small bespectacled boy and his companions, a dog, a rabbit, and a turtle, are on a search for spring. “First you have brown, / all around you have brown / then there are seeds […]

Review of The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate; 
illus. by Patricia Castelao Intermediate    Harper/HarperCollins    305 pp. 1/12    978-0-06-199225-4    $16.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-06-210198-3    $9.99 “I am Ivan. I am a gorilla. / It’s not as easy as it looks.” In short chapters (the book has an open layout and frequent illustrations) that have the look […]

Review of 10 Hungry Rabbits

10 Hungry Rabbits: Counting & Color Concepts by Anita Lobel; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Knopf    24 pp. 2/12    978-0-375-86864-1    $9.99 Library ed.  978-0-375-96864-8    $12.99    g When Mama Rabbit announces her plans to make vegetable soup for dinner, her ten children — each one wearing a different color — gather ten matching colorful ingredients: […]

Review of Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic

Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a 
Brave Dog Named Baltic by Mônica Carnesi; 
illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp. 1/12    978-0-399-25666-0    $15.99 An edge-of-your-seat adventure story, based on a true story, for the very young — with a text that also works beautifully as a beginning reader for older children. […]

Review of The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

The Artist Who Painted 
a Blue Horse by Eric Carle; illus. by the author Preschool    Philomel    32 pp. 10/11    978-0-399-25713-1    $17.99 In its simplest interpretation, Carle’s book is about an artist — perhaps a child, perhaps an adult — who paints animals the “wrong” color. There is the titular blue horse, a red alligator, green […]

Review of Why We Broke Up

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler; illus. by Maira Kalman High School    Little, Brown    355 pp. 12/11    978-0-316-12725-7    $19.99 Min and Ed’s differences are profound — most obviously, she’s a quirky aspiring filmmaker and he’s a popular jock. Readers see immediately, though, that it’s not simply these practical differences that caused their breakup, the […]