Molly Idle on Flora and the Flamingo

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In the July/August 2013 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Elissa Gershowitz asked Flora and the Flamingo author/illustrator Molly Idle where Flora gets her groove. Read the starred review here. Elissa Gershowitz: Is there music in your head to accompany the story? (I hear the Sugar Plum Fairy song.) Molly Idle: I love Tchaikovsky’s music — and […]

Review of Flora and the Flamingo

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Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Chronicle    40 pp. 3/13    978-1-4521-1006-6    $16.99 A little girl, a pink flamingo, some decorative cherry blossoms, and singular lift-the-flaps contribute to a unique wordless picture book. On the title-page spread, a flamingo gracefully touches down en pointe. The next spread shows the […]

Review of Romeo Blue

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Romeo Blue by Phoebe Stone Intermediate     Levine/Scholastic     350 pp. 6/13     978-0-545-44360-9     $16.99 e-book ed. 978-0-545-52070-6     $16.99 Romeo Blue is the best sort of sequel: one you didn’t know you wanted but are ever so grateful to have. Its predecessor, The Romeo and Juliet Code (rev. 3/11), ended with British ex-pat Flissy content in sleepy Bottlebay, […]

Review of Niño Wrestles the World

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Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary     Porter/Roaring Brook     40 pp. 6/13     978-1-59643-604-6     $16.99     g Pint-sized Niño, fearless luchador, Popsicle enthusiast, and reluctantly attentive big brother, dons his red mask (he’s already wearing his orange and yellow sneakers and blue-waistbanded tighty-whities), ready to […]

Review of Wild Boy

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Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron by Mary Losure; illus. by Timothy Basil Ering Intermediate, Middle School     Candlewick     170 pp. 3/13     978-0-7636-5669-0     $16.99 e-book ed. 978-0-7636-6369-8     $16.99 The early-nineteenth-century feral child who inspired Truffaut’s L’Enfant Sauvage as well as Mordicai Gerstein’s YA novel Victor and picture book […]

Review of Far Far Away

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Far Far Away by Tom McNeal Middle School, High School     Knopf     373 pp. 6/13     978-0-375-84972-5     $17.99 Library ed. 978-0-375-94972-2     $20.99     g e-book ed. 978-0-375-89698-9     $10.99 Sprightly, assured, and original, this story blends a small-town, middle-American, twentieth-century setting with the learned realms of the Brothers Grimm and their […]

From the Guide: Historical Fiction for Teens

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Good historical fiction engages readers with different times, places, people, and cultures while still resonating today. In young adult books, this means raising issues that are universal for teens of any generation: overcoming social expectations, coming of age amidst struggle, and understanding one’s identity and place in the world. Here are some recent YA novels […]

2013 ALA Round-Up

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Suffering from ALA withdrawal? (Or maybe envy?) The Horn Book is here to help — we’ve got plenty of coverage of this year’s events. For even more, check out the July/August 2013 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. Profile of Caldecott Award winner Jon Klassen by his friend and collaborator Mac Barnett. Caldecott 2013: “The […]

Newbery 2013

On the one hand, it was a very good year for children’s books. The number of books that fit the Newbery’s definition of  “distinguished contribution to American literature for children” was, to my mind, unusually extensive. What they all had in common  was their excellence; in other ways, from genre to format to tone to […]

Caldecott 2013

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As a book reviewer, one of the authors of the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott blog, and a second-grade teacher, picture books are a huge part of my life. There are times when I feel overwhelmed by them. My dining room table groans with the weight of Books I Love, each vying for a coveted spot […]