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“Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk!”

Every year, my family eagerly awaits a classic sign of summer in Maine. We look along roadsides, on rocky slopes, and in sunny patches of open fields, hoping to see a bright spot of blue. It has to be a tiny bright spot, though, as those are true wild blueberries. The berries are nestled low […]

Happy holidays from The Horn Book!

I dusted off the old party-planning hat for The Horn Book’s holiday celebration last week — the first outing since my return to the HB in October. This year’s outing was a hybrid lunch/field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts. There was delicious food (and wine!) at the MFA’s snazzy restaurant Bravo, good conversation, […]

Happy 75th anniversary, Make Way for Ducklings!

Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings doesn’t fly off the shelves in most places, as far as I know. It wasn’t a huge part of my Albany, New York childhood. It isn’t a flashy book, a colorful book, a rhyming book, or — let’s face it — a conveniently short book. Maybe most places don’t […]

Robert McCloskey at 100

Robert McCloskey was to the mid-twentieth-century American picture book what Norman Rockwell was to the illustrated magazine of that era: the artist most adept at divining the mythic dimension in the dramas of everyday life, and at crafting iconic images of a particular time and place with the power to stir and delight generations. McCloskey, […]

Bob McCloskey, Inventor

by Marc Simont Should the recession get serious, a good inexpensive way for a tired man to find release from his tensions would be to go for a spin in Grampa Hercules’ Hide-a-Ride Machine. Bob McCloskey’s talent for devising mechanical contraptions is topped only by his ability to turn out books that carry off the […]

Robert McCloskey interviewed by Anita Silvey

The Horn Book Radio Review https://s3.amazonaws.com/WebVault/HB/audio/radio_mccloskey.mp3 Child’s voice: The Horn Book Radio Review, commentary on books for children and young adults. MUSIC Narrator: Mr. and Mrs. Mallard were looking for a place to live. But every time Mr. Mallard saw what looked like a nice place, Mrs. Mallard said it was no good. There were […]