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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. >Roger, give Claire a raise! She deserves it — first, for sitting through that movie and, second, for writing such an intelligent, eloquent, and hilarious review.

  2. Justice Publishing Inc says:

    >HEY!!! Im with Justice Publishing Inc. and we are happy to announce that we have a new series coming soon in stores and schools called the "Adventure of Cinnamon and Spice"!.We are partnering with E-Squared Studios Inc. to produce colorful designs for the series. It a really fun book with silly characters that children will fall in love with over and over again. This book will will make a great stocking stuffer! So come on by and check out blog, leave a comment and tell us what you think. Get ready for the adventure!!!!

  3. Roger Sutton says:

    >Hmm, should I delete that comment or leave it as fodder for relentless mockery? To start with, cinnamon IS a spice, ya maroon.

  4. >surely this is a hoax? even the grammatical erors seem contrived

  5. >Hmmmm! And if the copy editing in the book is as good as it is in that post…

  6. >I meant the grammatical errors seemed CONTRIVED – what the French would call faux-naif – designed to trick the unsuspecting first-time authors.

  7. Marie Devers says:

    >Damn. Claire is harsh, but I can appreciate that. I don't think she gives the music enough credit, though. It's ubiquitous, but also innovative music from mostly little-known artists. I think the soundtrack somehow lends credibility to the movie.

    And Justice Publishing Inc, I am embarrassed for you. I don't think that's the effect you want from your marketing campaign.

  8. >I'm taking bets on Cinnamon and Spice's species. I'm guessing a bear and a bunny. Anyone else?

  9. >I figured they'd be actual canisters of cinnamon and spice, with tiny legs and a darn good attitude. Not like us cantankerous SOB's.

  10. Elizabeth says:

    >Maybe one is rock hard and sparkly and the other one is really, really buff? I suppose "Spice" would be the buff one, and Cinammon would be a long, hard stick. I can't decide which one I want more. I burn, I burn…

  11. >Fortunately, they have only one Adventure, singular, so it'll be over with quickly.

  12. Shelli Cornelison says:

    >I think the book is about making a pumpkin pie. Having already predicted the end for cinnamon and spice, I probably won't buy it. But it does explain why there's only one adventure.

  13. Roger Sutton says:

    >Sorry, Shelli, it's been done, in Robert Morneau's The Gift (Paulist Press, 1995). Here's Farmer Jim (aka God) explaining to rabbit Sammy what's about to happen to his best friend Angela: "Now Sammy, I'm sorry but this will hurt your thumping heart so let me hold your paw. You see, all these people on the farm and in the city get hungry. Who will feed them? I've talked many hours with the members of the pumpkin patch and Angela has been one of the first volunteers. She is willing to become a pumpkin pie."

  14. >I just hope Cinnamon and Spice don't tangle with Everything Nice on their one adventure. From what I can tell, Everything Nice has a surprising mean streak. It might end badly for all, including the children and their love.

  15. >Just read Claire's review. I second giving her a raise!

    Although, do we not get tired of Bella/Kristen's one-dimensional acting and singular expression so prevalent in all her movies?

    And I'm eagerly waiting for the Horn Book review of Cinnamon and Spice as long as they have been in the gym ala Taylor Lautner and grace the cover of Men's Health.

  16. Shelli Cornelison says:

    >So very glad I missed The Gift. Pumpkin Pie is ANGELA??? Noooooo!! It's Soylent Green for the PB set…

  17. lynnekelly says:

    >Interesting…my gynecologist wrote a children's book called Punky's Adventure, about a pumpkin who didn't want to become a pie like everyone else in his family; he had higher ambitions, you see. Maybe he was running away from Cinnamon and Spice.

    I wish I were kidding:

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