Review of On a Beam of Light

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On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne; 
illus. by Vladimir Radunsky Primary    Chronicle    56 pp. 5/13    978-0-8118-7235-5    $17.99 The title of this book refers to the mental picture young Albert Einstein conjured one day while biking through the countryside; he looked at the sunbeams “speeding from the sun to […]

Review of Crankee Doodle

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Crankee Doodle by Tom Angleberger; 
illus. by Cece Bell Primary    Clarion    32 pp. 6/13    978-0-547-81854-2    $16.99    g As concepts for picture books go, it’s hard to think of one cleverer than this absurdist deconstruction of the familiar song. Depicted in spindly lined cartoons, Yankee Doodle and his pony debate their plans for the afternoon. When […]

Kirkpatrick Hill on Bo at Ballard Creek

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In the May/June 2013 Horn Book Magazine, Roger Sutton asked Kirkpatrick Hill about her protagonist’s two papas in Bo at Ballard Creek. Read the starred review here. Roger Sutton: So, are they or aren’t they? Kirkpatrick Hill: Such partnerships were so ubiquitous when I was a kid that nothing could have been more natural to […]

Review of Bo at Ballard Creek

Bo at Ballard Creek

Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill; illus. by LeUyen Pham Primary, Intermediate    Holt    279 pp. 6/13    978-0-8050-9351-3    $15.99    g The disarmingly forthright tone is set right at the start of this chapter book when we meet Bo, a little girl who lives with her papas (yes, that’s plural) in a small, almost-worked-out gold-rush town […]

Review of Openly Straight

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Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg High School     Levine/Scholastic     328 pp. 6/13     978-0-545-50989-3     $17.99     g e-book ed. 978-0-545-50990-9     $17.99 Rafe is sick of being the poster child for all things gay at his uber-liberal Colorado high school: no matter how accepting everyone is, it feels like they only […]

Review of Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas

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Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani; illus. by Maris Wicks Middle School, High School     First Second/Roaring Brook     140 pp. 6/13     978-1-59643-865-1     $19.99 A graphic format admirably propels this lightly fictionalized group biography of “Leakey’s Angels”: Jane Goodall (chimps in Rwanda), and Biruté Galdikas (orangutans […]

Review of Bear and Bee

Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier

Review of Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier. From the May/June 2013 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Review of Kelsey Green, Reading Queen

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Kelsey Green, Reading Queen [Franklin School Friends] by Claudia Mills; illus. by 
Rob Shepperson Primary    Ferguson/Farrar    122 pp. 5/13    978-0-374-37485-3    $15.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-374-37488-4    $9.99 Kelsey might be the reading queen of her third-grade class, but her throne is threatened when principal Mr. Boone announces a school-wide reading challenge: two thousand books read before […]

From the Guide: Graphic Novels for Children

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Accessible text matched with dynamic illustrations in engaging cartoon-panel layouts help make graphic novels inviting packages for younger readers, struggling or reluctant readers, and comics-loving kids. The following sampling of recommended titles from the spring 2013 issue of The Horn Book Guide includes perennial-favorite characters, debut series, graphic-novel adaptations, and more. —Katrina Hedeen Assistant Editor, […]

Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer on The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny)

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In the May/June 2013 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Robin Smith asked Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer, authors of The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny), about the Beatles’ music in their own lives. Read Robin’s review here. Robin L. Smith: What was the first Beatles song you memorized? Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer: The […]