Here they come. Down the Street. You can hear. Their little feet.

tripods2014

The Tripods, which we discussed a few weeks ago, are back in a new edition. I’m not sure how I feel about the covers. The original U.S. covers have a spooky coolness to them while the latest iteration is more literal. But there have been two or three (how does one count these?) generations of […]

My First Root Children

My First Root Children

Though we’re now far from the first blooms of spring, a board book edition of Sibylle von Olfers’ The Story of the Root Children (also published as When the Root Children Wake Up with English text by Helen Fish) has cropped up in the office. My First Root Children (Floris Books, June 2012) is an […]

Newbery books will win new readers

newbery collection

The four titles in Houghton/Sandpiper’s welcome Newbery Collection boxed set (September) seem to belong together: Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars, Scott O’Dell’s Island of the Blue Dolphins, Linda Sue Park’s A Single Shard, and Elizabeth Speare’s The Witch of Blackbird Pond. The publisher may have grouped these winners together simply because they’re all historical fiction. […]

Queen of the fake-out

pll box set

“Nothing in Rosewood is ever really over,” reads the first page of Twisted (Harper Teen, July), the ninth book in Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars series. No kidding. Back in 2006, the Horn Book Guide’s review of the kick-off volume refers to Pretty Little Liars as the “first book in a planned series of four” […]

Alanna redux

woman who rides 2011

As a Horn Book intern, I’m on the Out of the Box frontlines: I open the boxes and see what’s in them first. I recently came across the new paperback edition of Tamora Pierce’s The Woman Who Rides like a Man (left), the third book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet (Simon and Schuster, […]

Author Jay Asher in EW

13RWpb

Jay Asher and his YA bestseller Thirteen Reasons Why are featured in the new Entertainment Weekly, just in time for the novel’s paperback release today. I read Thirteen Reasons Why shortly after it came out in 2007 and found it powerful; I’m not surprised that it has gained such a strong following. (I do have […]

App smackdown

Eileen Christelow’s Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (HMH) and Sandra Boynton’s The Going to Bed Book (Little Simon) are probably on most toddlers’ bookshelves. How do the app versions of these popular titles compare to the books and to each other? Oceanhouse Media’s Five Little Monkeys takes the high road. Less about bells […]

The board Book of Sleep

Knopf recently released a board book version of Il Sung Na‘s The Book of Sleep. In the original edition, a playful and spare text accompanies sweet illustrations that, upon closer look, contain a multitude of textural and illustrative details (including the protagonist owl as a search-and-find character on spreads where another character takes center stage). An […]