A message from The Pigeon, Republican presidential candidate

Do not vote for the Pigeon

  Right now Washington politics is for the birds! No one there can agree on anything. Nothing EVER gets accomplished. And pige— I mean, people don’t get what they want! In the past, I’ve been a victim of this injustice. I’ve lived on the streets and known hardship. But I’m no longer willing to sit […]

A message from Jamie Kincaid, Republican presidential candidate

Jamie Kincaid candidate

I may be rich, but I know the importance of fiscal responsibility. I got where I am today by scrimping and saving — my allowance, birthday money, Christmas money, occasional gambling winnings… It’s undecent for our government to spend taxpayers’ hard-earned money willy-nilly on extravagances like hot fudge sundaes and welfare programs. As a nation […]

A message from Edward Cullen, Republican presidential candidate

Edward Cullen candidate

You talk about your freedom, your independence, but I know what you really want: protection. Not just from the random cars and predators that dog your path, but from your own weak self and unholy cravings. I will always be with you. My voice, my hypnotic eyes, the magnetic force of my personality — all […]

Vote!

Being American Can Be Fun

Everybody gets a vote in the Horn Book elections! The Repubs are nominating this week and the Dems the next. Don’t miss our election coverage as it develops.

KidLit Election 2012

Horn Book KidLit Elections 2012

As November draws near, The Horn Book debates a very serious question: what children’s literature character should be president? This week, four Republican candidates will present their presidential platforms for your consideration. Advocate for your candidate of choice or nominate another — civil discourse only, please! — in the comments; you’ll also be able to […]

Rebecca Stead’s good taste

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Rebecca Stead’s latest book, Liar & Spy, features an entertaining (and educational!) subplot about the sense of taste. Main character Georges’ science class participates in a taste-test experiment that Rebecca, while reminiscing with me for a Talks With Roger interview, remembers from her own school days: Roger: Is that a real thing, that taste test? […]

Judge Judy

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You are about to enter the courtroom of Judge Judy. The cases are real. The creatures are folkloric. The rulings are final. . CASE #10705: EVIL STEPSISTERS v. CINDERELLA Judge Judy: You two stepsisters are suing Cinderella and her prince because your feet were irrevocably damaged after trying on some shoes, correct? Evil Stepsister #1: […]

Je t’aime, Monsieur Roger!

I Love Paris

While perusing the introduction to Paris: The Collected Traveler, An Inspired Companion Guide, edited by Barrie Kerper (Vintage Books, 2011 edition), Horn Book readers may be gratified (also surprised? we were!) to find the following passage. (Katie, our resident Nancy Drew, tracked its source to the April 2010 issue of Notes from the Horn Book.) […]

Review editing punchiness

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We are down to the wire at the Horn Book Guide, madly trying to finish editing reviews for the fall 2012 issue (due out in October) for an early August deadline. In other words, we are punchy. When we noticed the name of the eleven-year-old main character of Cordially Uninvited, Jennifer Roy’s ripped-from-People-magazine-headlines novel about […]

Medalist matching game round-up

Illustration by Devon Johnson

For our July/August 2012 special awards issue, The Horn Book Magazine asked Newbery and Caldecott Medalists to write about their favorite winning books. On Out of the Box we challenged readers to match each author or illustrator to his or her choice. We’ve collected all the entries here in case you missed any. For each […]