Do we pass the smell test?

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Oh faithful print subscribers: We’ve had a few observations/complaints about the smell of the March/April issue of The Horn Book Magazine. While it is a special issue (“Books Remixed: Reading in the Digital Age”) we did not intentionally supply it with any kind of odoriferous effects; nevertheless, when I put my nose to it I […]

>With the movie starring the next Shia LaBeouf?

>This whole iPhone leak story sounds like a YA novel. The boy (probably pudgy) lives with his mysteriously unreachable single dad, who runs a bar (this will allow for lots of wisdom from the grizzled regulars). Our computer nerd antihero is completely uncool–until the day he finds a too-cool-to-be-true device made by the most powerful […]

>Digital reviewing

>We had a call this morning from a publisher who is thinking about supplying reviewers with f&gs of picture books in digital form and wanted to know if Horn Book could work with that/those. I demurred. Electronic galleys for fiction, maybe. Although my Kindle gathers dust (too hard to hold; I hate the buttons and […]

>Does size matter?

>Motoko Rich reports that Hugo Cabret is the longest Caldecott winner ever. (Boy, is she sharp or what?) I wonder if any Newberys are longer. Although the neater parallel record would be the shortest Newbery: A Visit to William Blake’s Inn?

>Steve Jenkins says Just Say Know

>Steve Jenkins gave a great speech yesterday morning here at the Red Clover conference connecting his own (and children’s) interest in scale, the large scale and numbers involved in contemporary science, and the refusal of a large part of the public to believe in the scientific evidence regarding, among other issues, evolution. I’m hoping he […]

>The Five Thousand Acre, Thirty Billion Dollar Wood

>Lolly Robinson reveals another tree-creature, this one sprouting from the greens of Harvard:

>Neighborhood watch

>This appeared on my street the other night. What’s next, flying monkeys? Update P.S. Go here to see any illusions you had about whimsical public art destroyed.