From the Editor – May 2012

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Our Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards judges (Lauren Adams, Megan Lambert, and chair Thom Barthelmess) will finish their deliberations this month. I will be announcing the winners on Thursday, June 7 at 1:00 P.M. at BookExpo America in New York City. The press conference will take place in the Librarians’ Lounge (Booth #2148), and all BookExpo […]

Books mentioned in the May 2012 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five Questions for Paul O. Zelinsky Z Is for Moose written by Kelly Bingham, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky, Greenwillow, 4–8 years. Perfect animal shenanigans Animal Masquerade by Marianne Dubuc, trans. by Yvette Ghione, Kids Can, 2–5 years. Silly Goose’s Big Story by Keiko Kasza, Putnam, 2–5 years. Ballerina Swan written by Allegra Kent, illus. […]

YA sci-fi and fantasy you’ve been waiting for

Beth Revis A Million Suns cover

Sci-fi and fantasy fans will thrill to these engrossing sequels. The books are sure to satisfy readers’ expectations and leave them eager for more. In A Million Suns, the sequel to Beth Revis’s Across the Universe, Sol-Earth–born Amy is struggling with the claustrophobic life aboard the Godspeed after being prematurely awakened from her frozen sleep. […]

Perfect animal shenanigans

Marianne Dubuc Animal Masquerade cover

Animals playing dress-up? A swan dancing ballet? Like the incorrigible star of Z Is for Moose, the creatures in these four new picture books behave in unexpected (and often hilarious) ways. Marianne Dubuc’s witty pencil-crayon illustrations in Animal Masquerade show fifty-three animals heading for a costume party, each disguised as the next animal in line. […]

Five questions for Paul O. Zelinsky

Paul Zelinsky

Having illustrated more than thirty books, Paul O. Zelinsky is a master of just about every artistic medium. He won the Caldecott Medal in 1998 for Rapunzel, a dark story illustrated with lush, realistic oil paintings. But most recently, he collaborated with Kelly Bingham on the side-splittingly funny Z Is for Moose, in which the […]

Middle-grade mysteries

Caroline Lawrence Case of the Deadly Desperados cover

The following novels show that puzzles can be solved by detectives both seasoned and green. These four sleuth stories — action-packed, suspenseful, and sometimes goofy — will lure in mystery-lovers. Caroline Lawrence’s The Case of the Deadly Desperados is a bang-up series starter told in flashback by young P.K. Pinkerton. P.K.’s story opens when a […]

Bug books

Steve Jenkins The Beetle Book cover

You know it’s spring when, in any available yard or park, kids can be found kneeling on the ground, inspecting the local bug population. These four picture books will help answer kids’ questions about their favorite neighborhood critters as well as about a bunch they’re unlikely to encounter in real life. One insect you won’t […]