Notes from the Horn Book – October 2011

To view this email as a web page, click here. Hbook.com | Review of the Week | Interviews | Read Roger | Out of the Box | Calling Caldecott | Books in this issue | Subscribe October 12, 2011 Five questions for Claire A. Nivola Artist memoirs Finding home Boo to you! Superior supernaturals From […]

Books mentioned in October 2011 Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Claire Nivola    • Orani: My Father’s Village by Claire A. Nivola, Foster/Farrar, 4–8 years.    • Elisabeth by Claire A. Nivola, Farrar, 4–8 years. Artist memoirs    • I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding During World War II by Marisabina Russo, Schwartz & Wade/Random, 5–8 years.    • […]

From the Editor – October 2011

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Martha Parravano’s reviews of superior supernaturals above reminds me that there will always be books that survive genre fatigue: just when you think you can’t look at another vampire (or dystopia, or fallen angel, or fantasy intrigue) story, one comes along to renew our understanding of just why these themes resonate with writers and readers. […]

Superior supernaturals

Blood

While much in the YA paranormal genre is formulaic, here are three novels that think outside the box. In Blood, the first installment in K. J. Wignall’s Mercian Trilogy, the eternally sixteen-year-old William, Earl of Mercia, has just awakened from one of his decades-long hibernations (he is of course undead), and he needs lifeblood; Eloise, […]

Boo to you!

The Haunted Hamburger and Other Ghostly Stories

Halloween’s not just for little boys and ghouls. Here are some funny, eerie, and downright creepy titles to scare up readers of all ages. The goofiest of the group is David LaRochelle’s picture book The Haunted Hamburger and Other Ghostly Stories. Ghost siblings Franny and Frankie demand a story before bed. Of course, one is […]

Finding home

If You Lived Here: Houses of the World

Three new picture books consider the meaning of home: an around-the-world house tour, a fantastic underwater exploration of coral reefs, and an intergalactic search for a safe haven. Kids will love choosing a favorite new home from Giles Laroche’s If You Lived Here: Houses of the World. Do you want to live in a log […]

Artist memoirs

I Will Come Back For You

Three notable children’s-book illustrators bring their own histories to life. Marisabina Russo tells a story based on her mother’s experience in wartime Italy in I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding During World War II. A young Jewish girl lives in Rome with her family until Italy joins forces with Nazi Germany […]

Five questions for Claire A. Nivola

Claire Nivola

An earlier picture book by Claire A. Nivola, Elisabeth, told about the true experience of her mother, Ruth, a Jewish child whose family fled Nazi Germany. In Orani: My Father’s Village, author-illustrator Nivola takes readers along on a remembrance of her childhood visits to the small Sardinian town where her father was born. 1. Tomie […]