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Horn Book Fanfare 2000

Best books of 2000 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 Buttons written and illustrated by Brock Cole (Farrar) A Cake for Herbie written and illustrated by Petra Mathers (Schwartz/Atheneum) Madlenka written and illustrated by Peter Sis […]

Editorial: Light from Above

While Gregory Maguire was assiduously working away, with a less-than-generous deadline, on his review of Philip Pullman’s long-awaited The Amber Spyglass (see page 735), I was enjoying a busman’s holiday on Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown, reading the Horn Book’s other preview copy of the same book. Perhaps more than most, reviewers, teachers, and librarians […]

Future Classics: The Wind in the Willows

by Paula Fox “The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring cleaning his little home.” So begins The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, published in 1908. The main characters are Mole, Rat, and Toad, and they embody human qualities as well as animal ones. Especially Toad of Toad Hall. Mole […]

Future Classics: Tuck Everlasting

by Tim Wynne-Jones My guess is that in the next hundred years they aren’t going to find a cure for death. Our children’s children’s children’s children’s children might live to be a hundred and forty — poor souls — but while they are still children, each of them will one day suddenly realize, as have […]

Letters to the Editor, September/October 2000

Ms. Gish’s article on religious concerns about Harry Potter (May/June 2000) was a revelation to me. I had no idea anyone, other than the delusional, actually believed in witches. Even though she insists that such believers no longer wish to persecute those thought to be witches, the mere existence of such beliefs does beg the […]

Barbara Cooney

Barbara Cooney came late to center stage, after decades as an illustrator admired for her graphic arts skills. But that particular accolade carried an implication, justified or not, of limitation. To succeed in a changing market, to satisfy her own ambitions, Cooney had to transform herself into a different kind of artist — a colorist […]

Too Much of a Good Thing?

I used to be afraid my daughter would never learn to walk. Every time she tried to take a step, she immediately came sliding back down on one of the board books invariably littered around her like so many banana peels. She had better success remaining upright once I began clearing paths for her. I’d […]

Hunting Down Harry Potter: An Exploration of Religious Concerns about Children’s Literature

“Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.” (Dumbledore, Hogwarts headmaster, page 298, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) “For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me also, and said unto […]

Circling Tuck: An Interview with Natalie Babbitt

Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting was first published in 1975; it has since become a modern classic. Farrar, Straus and Giroux’s 25th anniversary edition of the novel, to be published this spring, features a wide-ranging, deep-digging conversation between Ms. Babbitt and critic Betsy Hearne. The following selection is excerpted from that interview. BETSY HEARNE: The style […]

Editorial: The Mystery in the Yellow Suit

As an occasional adjunct instructor in children’s literature, I’ve taught Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting three times. While the students have sometimes been contemptuous of my other reading assignments (my beloved Tom’s Midnight Garden in particular seems to reveal a generation gap), they tend to get along quite well with Tuck, but they always ask the […]