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Archives for April 2009

>A few things

>I think I neglected to tell you that the new Notes from the Horn Book is out. So, Notes is out! You know, we started Notes as a more parent- and consumer-friendly alternative to the Magazine, so tell your friends, family and patrons about it. Special deal this week: free. I was sad to hear […]

>Reading Fun with Goofus and Gallant

>Okay, handed an easy walk, I politely stepped around the bases, shaking hands with each player as I made my way home. Goofus, on the other hand . . . .


>Do we think that the Somalian pirate drama is going to dampen the enthusiasm for “fun” pirates in children’s books? Or for–oh Lord, please–National Talk Like a Pirate Day? Elizabeth thinks not. We just talked and she opined that the pirate thing had already run its course anyway. But there was a sturdy tradition of […]

>No chance against Dick

>My weeding and re-shelving project has uncovered another gem, Fredric Wertham’s 1954 Seduction of the Innocent, a jeremiad about the corrupting influence of comic books: “Sometimes Batman ends up in bed injured and young Robin is shown sitting next to him. At home they lead an idyllic life. They are Bruce Wayne and “Dick” Grayson. […]

Feeling Funny?

Claire has a new list of surefire chucklebait (try to say that with a straight face. See?) up for her April mini-booklist. If someone were to ask me right now what children’s book made me laugh the most I would have to say Hilary McKay’s The Exiles. What about you?

>I felt like The Wicked Child

>at the Seder last night, but, being a good goyische guest, I kept my smarty-pants moyl shut when someone talked about the inspiring “true” story about the quilts that mapped the way to the North for enslaved African Americans before the Civil War. It’s a nice idea but, “Escaping tonight? Oh, let me sew you […]

>More weeding wisdom

>From Work with Children in Public Libraries by Effie L. Power (ALA, 1943): “Nationality and race influence mode and type of reading and therefore library selection. Jewish boys and girls are inclined to read serious books on mature subjects, and Italian children who live most naturally out-of-doors under sunny skies read reluctantly but enjoy picture […]

>What did your 1970s look like?

>I’m weeding the Horn Book’s collection of professional, scholarly, and other adult books about children’s literature, and damned if I didn’t find a strange little trend. Along with the many out-of-date bibliographies and childhood reading memoirs by the foremothers (don’t worry, I’m keeping those) are lots of coffee table books devoted to the work of […]

>May/June stars

>The following books will receive starred reviews in the May/June issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Not All Animals Are Blue (Kane/Miller) written and illustrated by Béatrice Boutignon Tacky Goes to Camp (Houghton) written by Helen Lester, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger Bubble Trouble (Clarion) written by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Polly Dunbar Hook (Porter/Roaring Brook) […]

>Bring Pack Back!

>Another duckling disappears.