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Archives for March 2010

>Battle of the Books

>SLJ’s Battle of the Books begins with Jim Murphy deciding between Charles and Emma and Claudette Colvin. Was this random? I mean, is it chance that a noted nonfiction writer is choosing between two nonfiction books? I do agree with his choice.

>Honor Books or Runners-Up?

>Until I read Time magazine this morning, I hadn’t noticed that the Academy Awards had changed “and the Oscar goes to . . .” to “and the winner is . . . ,” a phrasing not heard on the show since 1989. In our own world, ALSC changed the designation runner up to Honor Book […]

>March Notes

>In the new issue of Notes from the Horn Book, we recommend some springtime picture books, middle-grade adventure novels, new YA for girls, and a few good science books. And I interview the sizzle behind the Frizzle, Joanna Cole.

>Bring your own mushrooms

>Chelsey reviews the new Alice in Wonderland.

Alice in Wonderland film adaptation

Tim Burton has played a trick on movie-goers. His latest movie may be called Alice in Wonderland, but Lewis Carroll’s nineteenth-century classic it is not. Burton’s cinematic spin on Carroll’s books, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Saw There, features a teenage Alice, a dictatorial Red Queen, a Cheshire cat […]

>Matthew insists on puffed sleeves

>and Anne her e. But what’s the difference between gray and grey?

>The Doppelganger Twins

>A new issue of The Horn Book!

>A mystery solved

>So now I know why she calls it Fuse #8. And how much money they’re we’re paying her. Good on you, Betsy!


>We’re working on a feature for the May issue, “What Makes a Good Graduation Gift Book?” and it’s causing me to think about how complicated gift-giving can be. As Betty Carter says in the article, any gift of a book comes with an agenda: here’s what I like or think is important and/or here’s what […]

>March/April Horn Book Magazine

>The March/April issue of the Horn Book Magazine, dedicated to Katherine Paterson, is now out and, selectively, up.