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Readers, meet Triangle

Reposting a previous Review of the Week from our website today… A new Mac Barnett/Jon Klassen collaboration is always of interest for picture book connoisseurs. This one? Well, you can tell from the wordless cover that it’s somewhat of a departure from their previous books — and you probably can’t tell, but the binding is different, too: […]

Review of Triangle

Triangle by Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon Klassen Preschool, Primary    Candlewick    48 pp. 3/17    978-0-7636-9603-0    $15.99 Triangle leaves his triangle-shaped house via his triangle-shaped door, off to “play a sneaky trick on Square.” He walks to Square’s house and stands outside the square-shaped door, hissing like a snake. Square, who is […]

Hbook Podcast 2.4 – Special Guests Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Siân chats with author/illustrator Jon Klassen and author Mac Barnett during a Triangle tour stop at the Brookline Booksmith. Links Mac’s TED talk Steven Malk Roger and Gene Luen Yang discuss lots of things, including the author/illustrator split during the picture book production process The Yarn Relevant pictures   Save Save

We Found a Hat

Whole masters theses will be written about Jon Klassen’s Hat trilogy, if they haven’t been already. Here, of course, we can look only at this one book, since the actual Caldecott committee is not allowed to consider an illustrator’s previous work in its deliberations. We Found a Hat is a morality play in which (this time!) friendship and goodness and life […]

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

What will the Caldecott committee be talking about when it turns its scrutiny to Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen’s Sam & Dave Dig a Hole? Maybe the question should be, What WON’T the committee be talking about? Like Yuyi Morales’s Viva Frida, this is one discussable book. Though, perhaps, for different reasons. The art is certainly […]

This Is Not My Hat

Here’s one of the two picture books we’re reading for our second class. What do you make of this one? For those of you who know your lit, this is a classically unreliable narrator. How do the text and art play off each other? If you can, try reading it aloud, ideally to a child. […]

The Dark

Come on, people, hasn’t the man won enough? Wasn’t his acceptance speech so wonderful that he could never ever be improved upon? Haven’t I already reviewed just about every book Klassen has written? Do I really have to talk about this one? Okay, I will. Laszlo is afraid of the dark. (So afraid that he has […]

A Profile of Jon Klassen

This happened a few years ago. Jon Klassen, then a newly minted author-illustrator standing before a gymnasium’s worth of school-
children, selected a shy third grader from the audience to collaborate with him on a piece of spontaneous art. She stood next to Jon as he tore a big sheet of paper from a pad. “We’re […]

Jon Klassen on misremembering: has this ever happened to you?

In his 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award speech, illustrator Jon Klassen talks about having a false memory of a scene from the movie There Will Be Blood. Meanwhile, Horn Book Magazine reader Martha Bennett Stiles had the same experience with the book Mountolive. Memory is a funny thing. Has that ever happened to […]

Extra Yarn: Illustrator Jon Klassen’s 2012 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

Illustrators are notoriously good at giving speeches. When they decide to get into illustration, it is secretly because they know how good they are at public speaking, and they can’t wait until the day when they win an award so they can finally show a room full of literary people how great they are at […]