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Preview May/June 2017 Horn Book Magazine

Special Issue: Humor Cover by Jon Agee. “Say Something Funny”: musings of author and accidental humorist Lisa Yee. New Yorker art editor and TOON publisher Françoise Mouly asks, “What’s So Funny About Comics?” “Laughter and Resistance”: Philip Nel on humor as a weapon in the age of Trump. “Mocking Moscow”: author Eugene Yelchin on political […]

Jon Agee on Life on Mars

In our January/February 2017 issue, our editors asked author/illustrator Jon Agee about parallels between his 2015 BGHB Honor book It’s Only Stanley and his latest, Life on Mars. Read the full starred review. Horn Book editors: Is this the same (out-of-this) world as It’s Only Stanley? Jon Agee: Yes, sort of. Both books are about […]

Review of Life on Mars

Life on Mars by Jon Agee; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Dial    32 pp. 2/17    978-0-399-53852-0    $17.99    g It’s Only Stanley (rev. 5/15) was a star-crossed (canine) love story that ended on the moon. Now Agee brings readers to the Red Planet. What would you bring along on a trip to search for life […]

It’s Only Stanley: Jon Agee’s 2015 BGHB PB Honor Speech

Thank you to The Horn Book and the Boston Globe. And to Lauri Hornik and Lily Malcom, my wonderful publisher and art director. And congratulations to Marla and Oliver. (Great choices, judges.) A few words about It’s Only Stanley: This is a love story. There’s a lot of love in this book — blind, delusional, […]

It’s Only Stanley

Pursuant to Robin and KT’s post on Wednesday, each of us will have his or her own list of persistent omissions from the Caldecott rolls; mine is topped by Eric Carle, Rosemary Wells — and our subject for today, Jon Agee. Why not Jon Agee? At the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium earlier this month, […]

Five questions for Jon Agee

Jon Agee has made a great career from picture books about anti-heroes (Nothing, Hyperion, 3–7 years; Terrific, di Capua/Hyperion, 3–7 years) and oddballs (The Other Side of Town, di Capua/Scholastic, 3–7 years), but here’s one about a true children’s champion: Santa Claus. And, despite the fact that its premise — where did Santa come from? […]