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A pop-up tour of the White House

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For some reason, I’ve been a little preoccupied by all things presidential lately, so I was intrigued when Robert Sabuda‘s book The White House: A Pop-Up of Our Nation’s Home (Orchard Books, January 2016) arrived in the office. Sabuda is best known for his pop-up versions of children’s literature classics like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, […]

A little light reading

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The Dolls’ House at Windsor Castle is the “largest and most famous dollhouse in the world.” Commissioned by Princess Marie Louise as a gift to Queen Mary, it became a “very British symbol of postwar rejuvenation” in the years following World War I. The dollhouse includes the 1:12 scale library from which two “Miniature Treasures […]

Alice’s adventures in panorama

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by Alex Mazariegos Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a stone-cold classic in the world of children’s literature, and I’ll hear no words to the contrary. The original Tenniel illustrations, however, are a different beast entirely. His renderings of Alice and crew do fit the tone of story at times, but it’s always nice […]

1D in 3D

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The boys of One Direction have been staring at me from the cover of Malcolm Croft’s “unofficial and unauthorized” One Direction in 3D (Sterling, February 2015) for a week now, waiting for me to consider and discuss their 3D-ness. Niall and Louis are pointing at Harry (who is definitely for sure one hundred percent actually […]

Lizzie Bennet’s Diary

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen adaptations have been very nearly done to death. It is a testament to its classic status that Pride and Prejudice has made it gracefully through such a broad gamut of re-envisionings and reinterpretations, from a Bollywood setting to a zombie mash-up to a modern-day vlog. Marcia […]

Choose your own teenage dream

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The model made popular by the Choose Your Own Adventure middle-grade books comes to a teen audience in two new paperback series with massive appeal for reluctant-reader girls. Bridie Clark’s Snap Decision series, which debuted last summer with Maybe Tonight? (Roaring Brook, August 2013), places the reader in the driver’s seat to navigate life at […]

Follow the Golden rules

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Now that 2014 is here, many people are thinking about those New Year’s resolutions. Some are turning to self-help books (or parodies of them) for advice. For the children’s book lover, Diane Muldrow’s Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book (Golden Books, September 2013) stands out. Muldrow, editorial director of […]

Fun and games with Hervé Tullet

The Finger Circus Game

We recently pulled these three books by Hervé Tullet out of a box of review copies. You won’t see them reviewed in the Magazine or Guide, but we think they are worth noticing, especially for fans of Tullet’s 2011 Press Here. (The Guide doesn’t review toy books or board books, even though most of Tullet’s […]

The Steampunk Alphabet

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Having just finished China Mieville’s Railsea, I was in a steampunk kinda mood when I entered the Horn Book office on Friday morning and, as I passed the “Out of the Box” box, saw Nathanael Iwata’s The Steampunk Alphabet (Cameron + Company, June 2013) right at the top of the pile. Perfect. This book is […]

Sweet Dreams (Are on Your Nightstand)

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While some recommend thinking about something boring as the ticket to going to sleep, I find the night train is more likely to arrive if I just let a random thought wander to the station. And if I ever feel stuck, Isol’s Nocturne: Dream Recipes Varied and Easy to Make (in just 5 minutes) (Groundwood, […]