>July-August stars

>The following books will receive starred reviews in the July-August Horn Book Magazine: Thunder-Boomer! (Clarion) written by Shutta Crum, illustrated by Carol ThompsonMachines Go to Work (Holt) written and illustrated by William LowThe Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town (Knopf) written by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Melissa SweetWhen You Reach Me (Lamb/Random) […]

>May/June stars

>The following books will receive starred reviews in the May/June issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Not All Animals Are Blue (Kane/Miller) written and illustrated by Béatrice Boutignon Tacky Goes to Camp (Houghton) written by Helen Lester, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger Bubble Trouble (Clarion) written by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Polly Dunbar Hook (Porter/Roaring Brook) […]

>I’m over the Moon!

>Okay, not really, but I just finished talking with Buzz Aldrin, who really has been over–and on–the Moon. How cool is that? I was interviewing him for the upcoming issue of Notes from the Horn Book, wherein we feature his and Wendell Minor’s Look to the Stars. Everybody has something that will get them talking, […]

>January/February Stars

>The following books will receive starred reviews in the January/February issue of The Horn Book Magazine: The Tale of Two Mice (Candlewick) written and illustrated by Ruth BrownQuinito, Day and Night / Quinito, día y noche (Children’s Book Press) written by Ina Cumpiano, illustrated by José RamírezTen Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (Harcourt) written […]

>November/December 08 stars

>The following books will receive starred reviews in the November/December issue of the Horn Book Magazine. The Pencil written by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Bruce Ingman (Candlewick). Old Bear written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow). Who Made This Cake? written by Chihiro Nakagawa, illustrated by Junji Koyose (Front Street). The Graveyard Book written by […]

>Star bar

>My favorite curmudgeonly critic Norman Lebrecht offers his point of view about the ever-increasing trend toward using stars as critical shorthand:Of all the devices that devalue the function of criticism, the bar of stars is among the most pernicious. It suggests that artistic creation can be ticked off like a school essay and subjected to […]

>September/October starred books

>The following books will receive starred reviews in the September/October issue of the Horn Book Magazine: Traction Man Meets Turbodog (Knopf) written and illustrated by Mini GreyGhosts in the House (Roaring Brook) written and illustrated by Kazuno KoharaThe Cardboard Piano (Greenwillow) written and illustrated by Lynne Rae PerkinsDinosaur vs. Bedtime (Hyperion) written and illustrated by […]

>July/August 08 stars

>The following books will receive starred reviews in the July/August issue of the Horn Book Magazine: Minders of Make-Believe (Houghton) by Leonard Marcus Little Brother (Tor) by Cory Doctorow Well Witched (HarperCollins) by Frances Hardinge Would You (Lamb/Random) by Marthe Jocelyn Skim (Groundwood) written by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki Way Up and Over […]

>May/June Stars

>The following books will receive starred reviews in the May/June issue of the Horn Book Magazine: The London Eye Mystery (Fickling/Random) by Siobhan Dowd Forever Rose (McElderry) by Hilary McKay Princess Ben (Houghton) by Catherine Gilbert Murdock Sunrise over Fallujah (Scholastic) by Walter Dean Myers The Last of the High Kings (Greenwillow) by Kate Thomspon […]

>People Lust for Fame Like Athletes in a Game

>Is or is not “Stars” the most lugubrious song Janis Ian ever wrote? And that is saying a lot. In either event, here are the starred books from the March/April Horn Book Magazine:Dog and Bear: Two’s Company (Porter/Roaring Brook) written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger Rex Zero, King of Nothing (Kroupa/Farrar) by Tim Wynne-Jones […]