Mac Barnett & Jory John Talk with Roger

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  Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner Mac Barnett (for Extra Yarn, with Jon Klassen) and Jory John (All My Friends Are Dead, with Avery Monsen) team up for a tale about an […]

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

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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 […]

Chloe and the Lion

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Once in a while, I see a book that makes me think, “I sure would like to hear the committee discuss this one!” This is one of those books. I think the committee will appreciate the sly meta-picture book details–the direct address of the narrator, the comic schtick when author Mac fires illustrator Adam, the […]

Extra Yarn

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The stack of books stares at me. Where to start?  So, I did what I always do when struck with the paradox of too many choices: close my eyes and grab. So I will start this year’s discussion with a book I have admired for a long time. As a knitter, it was natural that I […]

Mac Barnett and Adam Rex Talk with Roger

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Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Mac Barnett and Adam Rex’s Chloe and the Lion is a complex affair of metafictional play, appropriately taking place on a stage and peopled by puppets. They include a feisty little girl, […]