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>When Worlds Collide

>Our designer Lolly Robinson was spending a choir rehearsal break sitting in a Plymouth coffee shop and re-reading Shaun Tan’s The Arrival, only to emerge and see this:

Lolly emailed me, “It made me wonder what other experiences like this people have had while still in the thrall of a children’s book.” It reminded me of when I saw Independence Day one summer day in New York, emerging afterwards into the full-on Manhattan Friday five o’clock rush hour just like the mad dash from the aliens the New Yorkers made in the movie. They ARE here. I also remember a train trip on a rainy day through a wooded portion of Connecticut while listening to an audiobook of The Fellowship of the Ring–full-on cognitive assonance!

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. >What is that coming out of the chimney? I can’t tell and it’s driving me crazy!

  2. >It’s a flexible metal tube. I think they were getting their chimney re-lined. The building is Pilgrim Hall, a small museum not far from the site of different sort of arrival.

  3. >I need to read that book now to fully appreciate it. Thanks!

  4. >Oh! I thought it was an art installation. Truly! I’m kind of disappointed to discover it’s something far more prosaic. Oh well, life was always thus…

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