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In the process of checking the bibliographic info of Judith Viorst’s forthcoming poetry collection What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About?: Poems for When a Person Needs a Poem (Atheneum/Dlouhy, February 2016), I happened to notice something a little more interesting than an ISBN: Visions ensued of a power friendship between two […]

Things I Did Before They Were Cool: Coloring Book Edition

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Recently, I have seen many articles about coloring books for adults (like this one). I paid little attention because I was so ahead of this trend. You see, my right-out-of-college boyfriend and our group of friends were super into board games. Initially I tried to play, but it became very clear to all of us […]

Cuckoo’s song

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I discovered the podcast “Lore” yesterday, and I’m already eleven episodes in. Created by supernatural thriller author Aaron Mahnke, “Lore” tells real-life stories behind or informed by scary folklore, urban legends, and other creepy tales. Thus far, it’s covered the requisite vampires (this particular case taking place in colonial Massachusetts), werewolves (in medieval Germany), and […]

Trend takeaway from 2015 BGHB/HBAS: Transformations

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Imperial Russia is the new vampires. And then there’s this: And, okay, yes, it’s way-post-Imperial, but also this: Dasvidaniya, Edward. Privet, Dmiti. For more 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book and Horn Book at Simmons: Transformations, click on the tag hbook.com/bghb15.

Go the BEEP to sleep!

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TREND DETECTED! Insomniac robots are rolling off the assembly line. Here they are blinking their way through bedtime in Todd Tarpley’s Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! (Little, Brown, September 2015), illustrated by John Rocco. And here, one little robot takes its sweet time shutting off in Anna Staniszewski’s Power Down, Little Robot (Macmillan/Holt, March 2015), […]

Shoo, fly

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It seems that the insect-of-the-moment is… the fly (and I don’t know why; maybe butterflies were too pretty). Here are five recent books starring those pests, plus reviews of a few more favorites below. Could that Old Lady who swallowed one have been on to something?         Super Fly: The World’s Smallest Superhero! […]

Cover boys, Hollywood edition

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I seem to have entered a time warp in which the pre-teen/teen versions of ridiculously attractive males have come forward in time to model for intermediate book covers. Here’s itty-bitty Zac Efron in Firefly and his lookalike on the cover of D. S. Thornton’s Scrap City (October, 2015):   And here’s a young Joseph Gordon […]

Easy, breezy, beautiful cover art

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I think it’s possible I’ve discovered the perfect nail polish color for reading.     That or I’m just magically super-coordinated at all times.

Best served cold

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What’s with all the revenge?! Let it gooooo / Let it gooooo…

Everybody wants to be Press Here

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When Hervé Tullet‘s Press Here came out in 2011, reviewer Lolly Robinson wrote that its ingenious interactivity “gives the iPad a licking.” Following a similar no-screen-needed interactive model is this lovely pair of books:     Susan Dove Lempke wrote of Tap the Magic Tree in the January/February 2014 Horn Book Magazine, “Perhaps inspired by […]