Review of The Dark by Lemony Snicket. From the March/April 2013 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner; illus. by Julian Crouch Middle School, High School Candlewick 281 pp. 2/13 978-0-7636-6553-1 $16.99 e-book ed. 978-0-7636-6573-9 $16.99 Gardner (I, Coriander, rev. 8/05) here imagines an alternate, dystopic UK: a repressive 1950s regime that calls itself the Motherland, abhors “impurities,” is led by a man with a bad haircut, and […]
The following books will receive starred reviews in the March/April issue of the Horn Book Magazine. Incidentally, this is also our annual special issue; the theme this year is “Different Drummers” with a ground-breaking (for us, anyway) cover by Paul Zelinsky (whose absence from the recent Caldecott announcement marks a Dark Day in that award’s […]
Building Our House by Jonathan Bean; illus. by the author Primary Farrar 48 pp. 1/13 978-0-374-38023-6 $17.99 g Drawing on childhood memories from his own family’s house construction (see author’s note), Bean creates an engaging story as well as a glimpse into a warm family setting. A little girl narrates, and her childlike voice provides […]
Pinned by Sharon G. Flake Middle School, High School Scholastic 231 pp. 10/12 978-0-545-05718-9 $17.99 e-book ed. 978-0-545-46984-5 $17.99 Ninth-grader Autumn is great at some things — wrestling, for one; cooking, for another. Reading is not one of her skills, due in part to multiple moves during her early childhood and parents who also don’t […]
The McElderry Book of Mother Goose: Revered and Rare Rhymes compiled by Petra Mathers; illus. by the compiler Primary, Intermediate McElderry 96 pp. 8/12 978-0-689-85605-1 $21.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4424-5314-2 $12.99 Not since Leonard Marcus’s Mother Goose’s Little Misfortunes (rev. 11/90) has there been such a delightfully idiosyncratic selection. Drawn mostly from the canonical Opies (see […]
Dodger by Terry Pratchett Middle School Harper/HarperCollins 360 pp. 10/12 978-0-06-200949-4 $17.99 Library ed. 978-0-06-200950-0 $18.89 e-book ed. 978-0-06-219015-4 $9.99 Who would have the skill, the sensibility, and the sass to put Charles Dickens into a novel and then proceed to write that novel in full-octane Dickensian style? Terry Pratchett, of course. Like his namesake […]
Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd; illus. by the author Intermediate Dial 40 pp. 9/12 978-0-8037-3749-5 $17.99 With a jacket showing Benjamin Franklin as a cross between a mad scientist and a superhero standing amid wild lightning bolts and surrounded by all manner of electrical devices, this book […]