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>Heat wave diversions

>Links to paper dolls, audio excerpts of new books, and mini-movies can now be found at our web watch page, which digitally accessorizes each issue of the Magazine.

Also, have a look at A. O. Scott’s essay about why the world needs movie reviewers. I don’t think he makes his case, but the tap-dancing around it is entertaining.

I don’t have the visual retention skills to be a movie critic, but I do recommend The Devil Wears Prada for Meryl Streep’s surprisingly unactressy portrayal of the big bad boss, and it’s a helluva improvement on the book.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. >I agree with your assessment of Devil- Meryl Streep gives the character depth and layers missing in the book- so I’ve finally forgiven her for abandoning the boy in Kramer vs. Kramer!

  2. rindawriter says:

    >My husband and I like to chew up tatty B science fiction films we’ve seen before when we get really, REALLY bored with what’s out there…

    Perhaps the world need more of these?

    A website that reviews the movie critics…

    Will look out for the Streep film, though. Love to watch her.

  3. Anonymous says:

    >Roger, can I ask a Horn Book question? My publisher just told me they heard there will be a review of my last book in the Horn Book this fall. I was very surprised–and pleased!–because it came out LAST fall (2005), and I thought only the current season’s books got reviewed, and if you didn’t get one that first season, that was that. I take it I was wrong?

  4. Roger Sutton says:

    >If a book is reviewed in the Horn Book Magazine, a copy of that review will be sent to the publisher prior to publication. The Magazine aims to review within a month or two of publication, and books from the previous year are reviewed no later than March of the current year.

    I’m guessing that your publisher is talking about a review in the Horn Book Guide. The semiannual Guide aims to review all hardcover books published within a six-month period (thus the Fall 06 Guide reviews books published from Jan-June of this year) but there are usually some books left over from the previous season.

  5. Anonymous says:

    >Oh, okay . . . thanks!

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