Review of The Dark

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

Review of The Dark by Lemony Snicket. From the March/April 2013 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

“Different Drums” roundup

March/April 2013 Horn Book Magazine cover

In our March/April “Different Drummers” issue, we asked authors, publishers, and critics to name the strangest children’s books they’ve ever enjoyed. Here’s what they had to say: Elizabeth Bird – “Seven Little Ones Instead” Luann Toth – “Word Girl” Deborah Stevenson – “Horrible and Beautiful” Kristin Cashore – “Embracing the Strange” Susan Marston – “New […]

From the Guide: Novels in Verse

The Wild Book by Margarita Engle

To honor National Poetry Month in April, we’re spotlighting notable novels in verse from the past year. From illustrated lighthearted verse to historical fiction to contemporary realism, this eclectic potpourri of Horn Book Guide–recommended novels showcases the form and gives readers — from primary-age kids to older teens — good reasons to celebrate poetry. —Katrina […]

Different Drums: How Can a Fire Be Naughty?

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The Horn Book Magazine asked Elizabeth Law, “What’s the strangest children’s book you’ve ever enjoyed?” When I was in nursery school, my favorite bedtime books were two my mother stole from the Unitarian Sunday School library, Martin and Judy, volumes II and III, by Verna Hills Bayley. I loved these books, about two friends who […]

Different Drums: Something Wicked

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The Horn Book Magazine asked Christine Taylor-Butler, “What’s the strangest children’s book you’ve ever enjoyed?” A freak tent, a dust witch, a quote from Macbeth, and a villain named Mr. Dark. Such was the stuff of Something Wicked This Way Comes. I’d always been fascinated by carnivals. They seemed to spring out of vacant parking […]

Different Drums: New and Strange, Once

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The Horn Book Magazine asked Susan Marston, “What’s the strangest children’s book you’ve ever enjoyed?” In a field that celebrates the works of Maurice Sendak, William Steig, and Jon Scieszka, and in which anthropomorphic animals are regularly clothed only from the waist up, “weird” is difficult to define. In 1994, I had worked at Junior […]

Different Drums: Horrible and Beautiful

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The Horn Book Magazine asked Deborah Stevenson, “What’s the strangest children’s book you’ve ever enjoyed?” This ended up being a challenging assignment, because much literature for youth is pretty weird when coldly explained (kids travel through space and time to duel a giant brain!), and we don’t think twice about it. Saying that I adore […]

Two Writers Look at Weird

polly horvath

Are they weird? What is weird, anyway? And will Jack ever reply to Polly? From the March/April 2013 special “Different Drummers” issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Nicola Davies on Deadly! The Truth About the Most Dangerous Creatures on Earth

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In the March/April 2013 Horn Book Magazine, our editors asked Nicola Davies about facing a dangerous animal herself — and got not one, but four stories. Read the review of Deadly! The Truth About the Most Dangerous Creatures on Earth here. Horn Book Editors: What’s the most dangerous creature you’ve ever encountered? Nicola Davies: My […]

Review of Deadly!: The Truth About the Most 
Dangerous Creatures on Earth

Deadly!

Deadly!: The Truth About the Most 
Dangerous Creatures on Earth by Nicola Davies; illus. by Neal Layton Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    64 pp. 3/13    978-0-7636-6231-8    $14.99 Readers with a taste for the grisly realism of nature will revel in the latest Davies and Layton collaboration, featuring the ways in which animals cause lasting harm or death […]