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, […]

Grown-ups behaving badly

keep our secrets

After spending fifteen minutes rubbing pages and getting curious looks from passersby in the office (“why, yes, I am one of the new interns, and yes, I rub board book pages in my spare time; why do you ask?”), I finished reading Jordan Crane’s heat-sensitive, color-changing board book Keep Our Secrets (McSweeney’s McMullens, November). Two […]

There’s no place like Oz

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With its ruby-slipper-red glitter cover, The Wizard of Oz: A Scanimation Book by Rufus Butler Seder (Workman, September) caught my eye. The book attempts to bring to life ten scenes from the 1939 movie.  Scanimation might be best described as a modern-day flip book. Pictures are covered by finely striped plastic; when you tilt the […]