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Archives for August 2010

>The parents are okay too

>We finally saw The Kids Are All Right this weekend. I quite liked it, and it has the plot of a YA novel: two teenaged kids of lesbian parents curious about their sperm donor dad seek him out, wreaking entertaining havoc and ultimately begetting a bit of growing up for all concerned. While the story […]

New Notes, On Your Toes

An interview with the authors of Ballet for Martha headlines the August issue of Notes from the Horn Book, which also includes brief reviews of the best new nonfiction, picture books and middle-school fiction.

>More Guide reviews

>We have just uploaded some five hundred new reviews to the Horn Book Guide Online, check it out. And I’ve just finished proofreading the preschool section of the forthcoming (print) edition of the Guide. Lots of go-to-sleep books, along with the apparently unstoppable flood of Mommy/Daddy-Love-You-More-than-Anyone-Has-Been-Loved, Ever (and you had better love him/her right back) […]

>Where There Be Dragons

>Elissa just pointed me to this interview with Children’s Book Shop owner Terri Schmitz. Opinionated, indeed–when I was recently in there buying some birthday presents, Terri heaped scorn upon a book that had been highly recommended in the most recent Horn Book. Stop by, and maybe she will tell you what it was.

>Common sense, my aunt Fanny

>Pat Scales weighs in on “Common Sense Media.” (How can I NOT put that in quotes?) You might recall our earlier discussion. Off to New York today to help Elizabeth celebrate her 29th birthday. I have The Little Stranger and The Godfather of Kathmandu for the Limoliner, so I should be sufficiently prepared for the […]

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>Eating Our Own

>Writing in the August 8th issue of Entertainment Weekly about the divided reception to the memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Karen Valby comments, “When women rally around something in pop culture, it isn’t long before the objects of their affection are loudly trivialized or dismissed.” What she doesn’t say–and what I think–is that the sneerers are […]

>Good enough to eat

>Baby Joshua stopped by for a snack:

>September starred reviews

>The following books will receive starred reviews in the September/October 2010 issue of the Horn Book Magazine: April and Esme, Tooth Fairies by Bob Graham ((Candlewick)) The Boy in the Garden by Allen Say (Houghton) Keeper by Kathi Appelt; illus. by August Hall (Atheneum) Annexed by Sharon Dogar (Houghton) Aggie the Brave by Lori Ries; […]

Please Come to Boston

in the fall. We’re in the midst of planning the Horn Book at Simmons, a one day colloquium on October 2nd, focused on this year’s crop of Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners and honor books. When Cathie Mercier (Simmons College), Andrew Thorne (Media Source) and I first began planning the day, we didn’t even know […]