Five questions for Jon Agee

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Jon Agee has made a great career from picture books about anti-heroes (Nothing, Hyperion, 3–7 years; Terrific, di Capua/Hyperion, 3–7 years) and oddballs (The Other Side of Town, di Capua/Scholastic, 3–7 years), but here’s one about a true children’s champion: Santa Claus. And, despite the fact that its premise — where did Santa come from? […]

From the Editor – November 2013

Roger Sutton

I guess it’s time to start buying presents! Some years ago, I opined in the Horn Book Magazine that the best kind of book to give came in the form of a gift certificate, but then-publisher Anne Quirk accused me of wimping out. So all right then: just from the above, I’d recommend Little Santa […]

Books mentioned in the November 2013 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Jon Agee Nothing by Jon Agee, Hyperion, 3–7 years. Terrific by Jon Agee, di Capua/Hyperion, 3–7 years. The Other Side of Town by Jon Agee, di Capua/Scholastic, 3–7 years. Little Santa by Jon Agee, Dial, 3–7 years. If Snow Falls by Jon Agee, Pantheon, 3–7 years. If the weather outside is frightful […]

Books for the whole family

fortunately the milk

Holiday gatherings offer excellent opportunities to read together as a family. These middle-grade books make engaging read-alouds to share while you drowse by the fire. In Neil Gaiman’s Fortunately, the Milk, a father goes out for milk for his children’s cereal. After being abducted by aliens, escaping from pirates, traveling in a hot-air balloon with […]

Boys to men

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Being a teenage boy can be tough. Things change, insecurities reign supreme. These new YA novels all feature male protagonists dealing, in their own ways, with life’s big stuff. When fourteen-year-old Walker offers up a prayer (“Look…if you’re up there, help / my mom, okay? My brother’s been dead / two whole months, and she’s […]

If the weather outside is frightful

big snow

During the holiday season, sometimes you want to romp around outside, sometimes you want to snuggle in with a good book. These four picture books let readers stay warm while vicariously experiencing wintertime bliss. It’s mid-December. Mom is preparing for houseguests, and David is waiting for the first big snow of the season. At naptime, […]

Quality time

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The holidays are approaching, and you know what that means: school vacations, trips to visit the grandparents, long plane/car/bus rides…all opportunities to spend lots of quality time with the kids. Three new books offer holiday cheer and activity ideas; the fourth reminds us to be mindful of what’s most important. All four are gift-giving gold. […]