Review of The Man from the Land of Fandango

The Man from the Land of Fandango by Margaret Mahy

Review of The Man from the 
Land of Fandango by Margaret Mahy. From the November/December 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Review of One Times Square

one times square

One Times Square: A Century of Change at the 
Crossroads of the World by Joe McKendry; illus. by the author Intermediate    Godine    64 pp. 9/12    978-1-56792-364-3    $19.95 You are there at the birth, the decay, and the revival of Times Square, the “crossroads of the world” for a century. McKendry (Beneath the Streets of Boston, […]

David Levithan on Every Day

david levithan

From the November/December 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Reviewer Christine Hepperman asks author and editor David Levithan about writing gender (and the lack thereof) in his YA novel Every Day. Read the full review of Every Day here. Christine Hepperman: Were there specific challenges in writing a character who is both genders and […]

Review of Every Day

every day

Every Day by David Levithan Middle School, High School    Knopf    325 pp. 8/12    978-0-307-93188-7    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-375-97111-2    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-307-97563-8    $10.99 “A,” the narrator of Levithan’s brilliantly conceived novel, wakes up in a different sixteen-year-old’s body every morning and has to adjust to different physical characteristics, a different family, a different school, different […]

Book Request Haiku

All I know is that The toad takes some kind of bath And lives forever. (Tuck Everlasting) My teacher read it To show why we should always Listen to spiders. (Charlotte’s Web) The illustrations Showed corks growing in bunches Like fruit on the trees. (The Story of Ferdinand) A single gold tooth, One of them […]

Review of Bailey at the Museum

bailey at the museum

Bailey at the Museum by Harry Bliss; illus. by the author Primary    Scholastic    32 pp. 9/12    978-0-545-23345-3    $16.99 In his second adventure, the irrepressible titular hound from Bailey (rev. 11/11) — the only dog in Mrs. Smith’s class — is excited about the field trip to the Museum of Natural History. Though his classmates are […]

Review of Pinned

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Pinned by Sharon G. Flake Middle School, High School    Scholastic    231 pp. 10/12    978-0-545-05718-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-545-46984-5    $17.99 Ninth-grader Autumn is great at some things — wrestling, for one; cooking, for another. Reading is not one of her skills, due in part to multiple moves during her early childhood and parents who also don’t […]

Holiday High Notes 2012

Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama

Deck the halls, spin the dreidels…
and enjoy our annual selection of new holiday books, 
with reviews written by the Horn Book staff. Daddy Christmas & 
Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Knopf    32 pp. 9/12    978-0-375-86093-5    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-375-96093-2    $19.99 Sadie, happily ensconced in two cultures, describes her family’s […]

Review of The McElderry Book of Mother Goose

The McElderry Book of Mother Goose compiled by Petra Mathers

The McElderry Book 
of Mother Goose: Revered and Rare Rhymes compiled by Petra Mathers; 
illus. by the compiler Primary, Intermediate    McElderry    96 pp. 8/12    978-0-689-85605-1    $21.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4424-5314-2    $12.99 Not since Leonard Marcus’s Mother Goose’s Little Misfortunes (rev. 11/90) has there been such a delightfully idiosyncratic selection. Drawn mostly from the canonical Opies (see […]

Face Out: Picture Book Covers

Puss in Boots

A recent conversation about the current state of the picture book soon came around to the subject of book jackets. A senior art director in the group noted mournfully that as jacket designs have increasingly become the province of sales and marketing teams, covers have grown less representative of the books they trumpet. The disconnect […]