Holiday High Notes

Home for Christmas

May your days be merry and bright…and may you enjoy our selection of new holiday books, with reviews written by the Horn Book staff.

A Halloween treat

how to draw a happy witch

Halloween is coming, which means it’s time to learn How to Draw a Happy Witch and 99 Things That Go Bump in the Night (Sterling, September). In Joy Sikorski and Nick Sunday’s second book about Little Man the cat (How to Draw a Sailing Cat) readers can follow the adventures of Little Man as he […]

Be my Valentine, Neil Gaiman.

Neil Gaiman, love of my literary life, has posted a free mp3 of his story “Harlequin Valentine” on his blog. You may want to listen before overindulging in Valentine’s chocolate, though, as the story brings new meaning to the phrase “eat your heart out.”

Puppy love

At this time of year, one can’t help but notice the heart-emblazoned kids’ books cramming the shelves in our local chain stores. Pawing through bags of candy hearts and other commercial love-related products, I decided to look at two board books pubbing just in time for Valentine’s Day. Dog food, frisbees, bubbles from a jar… […]

The outside of the box

A shipment of The Creative Company‘s review copies recently arrived—creatively packaged in a box emblazoned with text from their fiction and biography frontlist titles. Any guesses as to which seasonally appropriate novel this is? “As you go into the sitting-room in the Stahlbaums’ house, on your left-hand side you will see a tall glass cabinet […]

Merry Christmakwanzukkah!

I have to admit, my initial response to Mark Binder’s CD A Holiday Present! Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Ramadan, Diwali, Solstice, New Year’s (Light Publications) was unenthusiastic. The carefully non-denominational cover illustration and the tagline “Warm, joyful, and fun adventures celebrating giving and family” had me bracing for some seriously touchy-feely PC crap. Includes “We Wish […]

Oy vey! A Hanukkah booklist

Though Elissa laments the lack of good Hanukkah books published this holiday season, we’ve compiled a list of tried-and-true titles to last at least the next seven nights. Check ‘em out here. And while you’re at it, see what else—like a Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie review—is new on the Horn Book website. […]

Holiday חי Notes

Every year in the November/December issue, the Horn Book Magazine presents Holiday High Notes, reviews of recommended new holiday books. The list usually consists of a majority of Christmas books, with a few Hanukkah titles and maybe a couple of Kwanzaa books thrown in. This year, though, there are no Hanukkah books on that list […]