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Archives for 2004

Horn Book Fanfare 2004

Best books of 2004 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 Home illustrated by Jeannie Baker (Greenwillow) An urban neighborhood’s dramatic change — for the better — is chronicled in this wordless picture book’s detailed collages. Ever-greener […]

Mordicai Gerstein Caldecott profile July/August 2004

By Elizabeth Gordon On the wall near my desk is a small framed pen-and-ink drawing of a boy, arms (or should I say wings?) outstretched, tousled head of feathers, surrounded by a paddling of helpful ducks. It is from Arnold of the Ducks, and in many ways it symbolizes for me the very essence of […]

Marc Simont’s Sketchbooks, The Art Academy Years: 1935–1938

In 1935, as a twenty-year-old enrolled in New York’s National Academy of Design, the Caldecott-winning illustrator Marc Simont began the practice of carrying a sketchbook around with him for the purpose of making rapid-fire, impromptu drawings of people. Simont had recently moved to New York from Paris, the city of his birth, for the second […]

2003 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Nonfiction: Fireboat by Maira Kalman

I am what I am (and Popeye ends right there with a succinct pop, but I have been asked to go on though I admire brevity above all else and often say the less said the better unless you have a lot to say which is fine it just better be interesting) — I am […]

Half the Story: Text and Illustration in Picture Books

The two oldest forms of storytelling — words and images — meet and merge in picture books. A well-placed word can leave you elated or it can break your heart. Pictures can evoke peals of laughter or cries of outrage. A fundamental, some would argue inherent, understanding of both of these methods of telling stories […]

Jonathan Stroud’s 2004 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book acceptance speech

Editor Alessandra Balzer reading Jonathan Stroud’s 2004 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book acceptance speech for Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book One by Jonathan Stroud (Hyperion) …