>March/April 2009 Horn Book Magazine

>The Horn Book has a snow day today but our latest issue is out and, partly, up. We’ve posted an intelligently bristling argument from Farah Mendlesohn what’s wrong with contemporary YA SF as well as veteran Joanna Rudge Long’s thoughts on what to look for in a “Three Little Pigs.” The print Magazine also includes […]

>What’s with all the flashbacks?

>I wish I could find this great example Florence King gave of a sentence filled with clauses and “had”s and “had had”s that indicated that an author “had failed to begin her story far enough back in time.” Flashbacks are ruining my prime-time experience. Lost, Heroes, Damages, even Without a Trace–it seems like they can’t […]

>I can’t quite put my finger on it.

>PW has announced its (casually) bookseller-chosen Cuffie Awards, with Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury’s Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes as the picture book pick. It is a big favorite here, too, getting a starred review and a spot on our Fanfare 2009 list. Every parent I know loves it, and the text and […]

>R.I.P. Coleen Salley

>Horn Book publisher Anne Quirk writes: Coleen Salley died yesterday. Her professional life was spent mostly at the University of New Orleans, where she was a distinguished professor of children’s literature, and that’s the excuse most of us in children’s book publishing used for inviting her out for dinner whenever we were within hailing distance […]

>Inanimate Alice

>is back with a fourth chapter, and there’s a bit of a rabbit hole . . . . Any theories as to what exactly is going on here would be welcome.

>In lieu of a gift

>I’m guessing they’re too busy to read this but maybe you’re not.

>My new Mac is making me do it.

>All kinds of ways to avoid work right here, but I suppose you could tell yourself that it’s continuing education. I’m really enjoying Charles Cumming’s “The 21 Steps.” Maps! Thanks to Leila for the link.

>Bye, Bear

>Betsy Bird says goodbye to the bear who has been her daily companion for lo these many years. I was glad to be able to pay my respects myself last week. Betsy was out sick when Richard and I were there, but we did get to have a nice chat with John Peters, taking a […]