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>I brought back from Vermont a pound each of chocolate and penuche fudge for office sharing and have been industriously monitoring which is going faster. The results are surprising: although the chocolate is maintaining a consistent edge, the penuche is holding its own. Perhaps the Horn Book is even more New-England-parochial than we had all thought.

I share this thought with you because Kitty told me that I should reserve comment for another day on the amazing number of picture books we’ve recently received about pooping.

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. Rainy Conversation says:

    >Nice coworker!

  2. >Yum, I have not had penuche for years. Ladies at my church used to make it for the yearly fall festival/Thanksgiving dinner.

    Ahhh, memories.

  3. Anonymous says:

    >A truly generous giver doesn’t “industriously monitor” the recipients’ attention to the gift.

  4. >Penuche is my all-time favorite kind of fudge. Pronunication seems to vary more than ingredients — one candy seller handed a packet over the counter and said, “Now, you enjoy this Pee-Nuck.”

  5. >RS: between monitoring our fudge intake and reading books on pooping, you’re having a busy day, aren’t you?

    I think your office gift was very generous. Thank you.

  6. >I hope it was Champlain Chocolate.

  7. Roger Sutton says:

    >My monitoring is strictly in the interest of science. I note not who(m?) is partaking of how much of either kind, only the comparative degree of disappearance.

  8. Roger Sutton says:

    >I believe it was in fact an MA brand, Gail, sorry. Here’s what is weird about Vermont: whenever I asked about local ice cream, I always got the same response: “omigod, you HAVE to try Ben and Jerry’s!!!” Did they think I was from the Azores or something?

  9. >Perhaps your readers can look forward to a special bathroom/potty-training/pooping issue?

  10. Roger Sutton says:

    >I’m afraid our next special issue is going to be all about SCHOOL. Get your pencils sharpened.

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