Notes from the Horn Book – November 2011

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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 November 9, 2011 Five questions for Melissa Sweet Picture book biographies Listen up, middle-graders Page-turners for older readers Holiday […]

From the Editor – November 2011

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In the November/December 2011 issue of The Horn Book Magazine five writers — Marc Aronson, Carmen Agra Deedy, Malinda Lo, Susan Patron, and Rita Williams-Garcia — honor the spirit of the Thanksgiving season by sharing with us the books for which each one is grateful. Susan Patron warmed my children’s librarian heart when, remembering an incident in her childhood, she wrote “everything on the fiction

Books mentioned in November 2011 Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Melissa Sweet    • A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant, illus. by Melissa Sweet, Eerdmans, 4–6 years.    • Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet, Houghton, 6–10 years. Picture book biographies    • Jim Henson: The […]

Page-turners for older readers

The Name of the Star

From comedy to ghost story, from a modern-day historical reenactment village to a future New York, these new middle-grade and YA novels range wildly in genre and setting. What do these books have in common? Readers won’t be able to put them down before the last gripping page. The first book in Maureen Johnson’s Shades […]

Listen up, middle-graders

Glorious Adventures of the Sunshine Queen

Four topnotch audiobooks provide hours of entertainment for middle-grade listeners. In Geraldine McCaughrean’s Glorious Adventures of the Sunshine Queen, when a diphtheria epidemic hits 1890s Olive Town, Oklahoma, twelve-year-old Cissy and her friends are sent away to stay with their former, beloved teacher, now an actress in a traveling theater troupe housed in a dilapidated […]

Five Questions for Melissa Sweet

Melissa Sweet

The first helium-filled creatures to bob through Manhattan on Thanksgiving morning were brought to being by master puppeteer Tony Sarg in the 1920s. Now master illustrator Melissa Sweet, a prolific artist and winner of a Caldecott Honor for A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant, has created an effervescent […]

Picture book biographies

Marcel Marceau: Master of Mime

Three new picture book biographies feature a visionary puppeteer, a world-renowned clown, and a young lighthouse keeper who would later be dubbed the “Bravest Woman in America.” Jim Henson’s imaginative early life served as the foundation for his later creative efforts, a connection author Kathleen Krull and illustrators Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher bring to […]

Holiday High Notes

Home for Christmas

May your days be merry and bright…and may you enjoy our selection of new holiday books, with reviews written by the Horn Book staff.