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Archives for November 2005

>Practice before you preach

>Resident Horn Book movie reviewer Anita Burkam alerted me to a new “parents-rights” group, Citizens for Literary Standards in Schools, in Kansas, concerned with the curricular reading choices of high schools in the Blue Valley School District. Their website is singularly unfocused, taking a more-is-more approach to the problem at hand that leaves the reader […]

>Stars Redux and Marilyn Sachs

>I’d like to refer readers back to the post on book review stars, where there’s something of a discussion going in the comments section among writers and editors. The mentions of Chris Lynch’s Inexcusable, a finalist for the National Book Award, and starred in the January 06 issue of the Horn Book, remind me of […]

>Kudos for Lolly

>The Horn Book’s own Lolly Robinson, in her role as curator of the Beatrix Potter exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum, gets a great review from the New York Times’s famously fierce Grace Glueck today. The exhibit is up through this Sunday and is definitely worth a visit.

Horn Book Fanfare 2005

Best books of 2005 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 Terrific written and illustrated by Jon Agee (di Capua/Hyperion) Glass-half-empty Eugene is stranded on an island with a parrot: “‘Terrific . . . What good is a parrot?’ ‘You’d […]

Stars, they come and go . . .

While I confess to sharing Janis Ian’s ambivalent and semi-despondent take on the whole star thing, here are the books whose reviews will be starred in the January/February 06 issue of the Horn Book: An Innocent Soldier; written by Josef Holub, translated from the German by Michael Hofmann (Levine/Scholastic) Inexcusable; by Chris Lynch (Seo/Atheneum) Skybreaker; […]

Mike Newell’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

With millions of fans worldwide passionate in their devotion to the boy wizard, Harry Potter is practically in a publishing category by itself — J. K. Rowling can do no wrong. So when directors undertake to film a movie version of a Harry Potter book, the scrutiny is intense. Moviegoers demand a movie that is […]