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Archives for 1989

Horn Book Fanfare 1989

Best books of 1989 Chosen annually by our editors, Fanfare is The Horn Book Magazine’s selection of the best children’s and young adult books of the year. Picture Books The Tub People written by Pam Conrad, illustrated by Richard Egielski (Harper) Color Zoo written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert (Lippincott) Night Noises written by Mem […]

The Rhinoceros and the Pony

by Natalie Babbitt One doesn’t want to say anything too shocking in a breakfast speech. It’s okay to be shocking in a dinner speech because everyone will be going home soon and can recover in the privacy of bed. But at this hour there’s still a whole day ahead, so morning is probably not the […]

Review of Matilda

Matilda by Roald Dahl; illus. by Quentin Blake Intermediate     Viking Kestrel     240 pp. 10/88     0-670-82439-9     $14.95 Caricature and satire are not in themselves undesirable forms of writing for children, but Roald Dahl, admittedly a remarkably gifted author, sometimes carries them too far in expressing his bleak view of human nature. The story of Matilda is […]

Horn Book Guide | editorial

By Anita Silvey “A magazine devoted to books must always consider ways of keeping its character vital and fresh . . . . But the artist wants and needs the resistance of the intelligent, appreciative, but honest and salty judge of his work,” Bertha Mahony Miller once wrote. To continue the ideal of keeping Horn Book vital, we are […]

The Friendship: Author Mildred D. Taylor’s 1988 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

by Mildred Taylor I am pleased and honored to accept the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for The Friendship (Dial). It is an honor for me, and it is an honor to the memory of my father, for The Friendship is drawn from one of the many stories that he told me. Over the years he […]