>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 […]

>Starred Books, January/February ’08 Horn Book

>The following books will receive starred reviews in the January/February issue of the Horn Book Magazine: Becca at Sea (Groundwood) by Deirdre Baker Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (Foster/Farrar) by Peter Cameron How the Hangman Lost His Heart (Walker) by K. M. Grant Jabberwocky (Jump/Hyperion) illustrated by Christopher Myers When Fish Got […]

>November-December stars

>Kitty here. While Roger is communing with ISBNs in VT and Blogger is currently cooperating, I’m happy to present you with a list of the books that will receive starred reviews in the November-December issue of the Horn Book Magazine: Picture books: On Angel Wings (Candlewick) written by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Quentin BlakeFirst the […]

>September-October stars

>The following books will receive starred reviews in the (jumbo-sized special issue) September-October issue of the Horn Book Magazine: At Night (Farrar) written and illustrated by Jonathan BeanCowboy & Octopus (Viking) written by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane SmithThe Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio (Holt) by Lloyd AlexanderThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian […]

>July/August stars, ’07

>Reviews of the following books will be starred in the July/August issue of the Horn Book Magazine. Picture Books: Fred Stays with Me! (Little) written by Nancy Coffelt, illustrated by Tricia TusaOrange Pear Apple Bear (Simon) written and illustrated by Emily GravettFollow the Line through the House (Viking) written and illustrated by Laura LjungkvistStarring Miss […]

>Place your bets!

>The Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards committee is beginning its round of in-person debate tomorrow, and I’ll be able to share the names of the winners with you next week. Any guesses? The awards frequently surprise me, as my involvement with the choices ends with selecting the judges and I’m not privy to their discussions. Because […]