Review of Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat by Leo Landry; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary     Houghton     32 pp. 8/12     978-0-547-24969-8     $12.99 Landry’s cheery watercolor and pencil illustrations and calm palette signal that this Halloween story is more treat than trick; together, the straightforward text and simple compositions build suspense and inject humor […]

Review of The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories


The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Tessa Gratton, Maggie Stiefvater, and Brenna Yovanoff High School    Carolrhoda Lab    296 pp. 10/12    978-0-7613-7527-2    $17.95 e-book ed.    978-1-4677-0007-8    $12.95 These experimental, unedited short stories showcase the many faces of horror — goth, faerie, ghostly, grotesque, lyrical, vengeful, and nasty-cool. Some clusters of tales are responses to a […]

Gary D. Schmidt on What Came from the Stars

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Reviewer Deirdre F. Baker asks What Came from the Stars author Gary D. Schmidt about the function of elevated language in the novel. Read the full starred review of What Came from the Stars here. Deirdre F. Baker: For the book’s fantasy elements, you hark back to biblical, Old English, and Tolkienesque language, imagery, and […]

Review of What Came from the Stars

what came from the stars

What Came from the Stars  by Gary D. Schmidt Middle School     Clarion     293 pp. 9/12     978-0-547-61213-3     $16.99     g Schmidt brings high heroic fantasy and contemporary realism together in this novel of a bereaved family. In Plymouth, Massachusetts, Tommy grieves for his mother, who died eight […]

Review of Machines Go to Work in the City

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 Machines Go to Work in the City by William Low; illus. by the author Preschool     Holt     32 pp. 6/12     978-0-8050-9050-5     $16.99 Books don’t get much better than this for machinery-loving preschoolers. Listeners are first introduced to a particular situation involving vehicles, from a garbage truck to a […]

Review of A Certain October

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A Certain October by Angela Johnson High School     Simon     158 pp. 8/12     978-0-689-86505-3     $15.99     g e-book ed. 978-1-4424-1726-7     $9.99 At the start of the book, Scotty is an average high school junior living in East Cleveland. She hangs out with friends, makes plans for the homecoming dance, and avoids writing a book report on Anna […]

Jon Klassen on This Is Not My Hat


We ask This Is Not My Hat author/illustrator Jon Klassen about his own taste in haberdashery. Read the full starred review of This Is Not My Hat here. Horn Book editors: What is your favorite style of chapeau and why? Jon Klassen: A good old-fashioned baseball cap. I wear one all the time, and have […]

Review of This Is Not My Hat

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

  This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen; illus. by the author Primary    Candlewick    40 pp. 10/12    978-0-7636-5599-0    $15.99    g The eyes have it in Klassen’s latest hat book (I Want My Hat Back, rev. 11/11). Klassen manages to tell almost the whole story through subtle eye movements and the tilt of seaweed and […]

Whitney and Me: Confessions of a Work-for-Hire Diva

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I would call it a guilty pleasure if I felt guilty. But my subscription to People magazine actually liberates me. Instead of furtively flipping pages in the checkout line, hoping to find the photos of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s baby before it’s time to unload the hummus, I have Blue Ivy Carter (seven pounds) delivered, so […]

Reviews of Pirateria and Shiver Me Timbers!

Pirateria by Calef Brown

Pirateria: The Wonderful Plunderful 
Pirate Emporium by Calef Brown; illus. by the author Primary    Atheneum    40 pp. 7/12    978-1-4169-7878-7    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4424-3897-2    $12.99 Brown presents a book-length advertisement for an imaginary emporium of all things pirate. Whether you need rags or pantaloons, spinnakers or planks, you can be sure to find them at Pirateria. […]