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Review of Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses

koertge_lies knives and girls in red dresses

Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge; illus. by Andrea Dezsö High School     Candlewick     88 pp. 7/12     978-0-7636-4406-2     $19.99 A much-honored poet and novelist retells, in free verse and from various points of view, twenty-three familiar tales (mostly Grimm, Andersen, and Perrault). With a contemporary sensibility and voice, Koertge pitches directly to […]

“My Favorite Caldecott” matching game featuring Emily Arnold McCully

Photo courtesy Emily Arnold McCully

Emily Arnold McCully received the 1993 Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire, the story of a 19th-century Parisian girl who learns to walk the high wire and, in the process, helps her mentor overcome his fears. Which of the books below is the illustrator’s favorite Caldecott-winning picture book? a) The Man Who Walked […]

“My Favorite Newbery” matching game featuring Sharon Creech

Photo by Lyle Riggs

Sharon Creech received the 1995 Newbery Medal for Walk Two Moons, the tale of 13-year-old Sal’s quest to find her missing mother. Can you guess her favorite Newbery-winning novel? a) Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (1992) b) Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (2000) c) Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt (1983) This post is […]

Mini Grey on Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey

Beach-Time Brenda's next adventure?

From the May/June 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Reviewer Christine Hepperman asks Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey author/illustrator Mini Grey about a new favorite character. Read the full review of Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey here. Christine M. Hepperman: Will Beach-Time Brenda reappear in future books, maybe headline a series of […]

Review of Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey

Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey

Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey by Mini Grey; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary     Knopf     32 pp. 5/12     978-0-375-86952-5     $16.99 Library ed. 978-0-375-96952-2     $19.99 The adventuresome duo from Traction Man Is Here! (rev. 3/05) and Traction Man Meets Turbodog (rev. 9/08) hits the beach for a manly day of scuba diving, picnic security duty, […]

“My Favorite Newbery” matching game featuring Russell Freedman

Photo by Evans Chan

Russell Freedman received the 1988 Newbery Medal for his meticulously researched Lincoln: A Photobiography. Which of these books is the historian’s favorite Newbery winner? a) Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (1973) b) The Story of Mankind by Hendrick Willem van Loon (1922) c) A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck (2001) This […]

2012 Mind the Gap Awards

2012 Mind the Gap Awards

Most likely to haunt award committees Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol   Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann Better luck next time Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke, illustrated by Lauren Tobia Tragic and tragically overlooked America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell by Don Brown   Amelia Lost: The Life […]

“My Favorite Caldecott” matching game featuring Paul O. Zelinsky

Paul Zelinsky

Paul O. Zelinsky took home the 1998 Caldecott Medal for the lush oil paintings in his retelling of Rapunzel. Guess which of the following titles is the illustrator’s favorite Caldecott-stickered book. a) Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears written by Margaret Musgrove and illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (1977) b) Make Way for Ducklings […]

Newbery 2012: The Year in Words

Dead End in Norvelt

Newbery speculation is alive and healthy, with even the mock awards receiving national news coverage (and with the USA Today reporter who interviewed me also confiding that his fifth-grade son was participating in one). Happily, the growing din of the buzz doesn’t seem to affect the pleasure of the surprise at the award press conference. […]

Caldecott 2012: “everything…which is yes”

A Ball for Daisy

Just as the proof of the pudding is in the eating, real appreciation of a picture book depends on more than a first taste, or a first look; truer evaluation becomes possible only after savoring every nuance. At first glance, illustrations may delight us with their beauty — their drafting, palette, forms, composition; with how […]