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Archives for November 2010

>January 2011 starred reviews

>The following books will receive starred reviews in the January/February 2011 issue of the Horn Book Magazine. And watch for your December issue of Notes from the Horn Book, which will contain Fanfare, our choices for the best books of 2010. Mirror by Jeannie Baker (Candlewick) Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow) Snook Alone […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2010

Best books of 2010 Chosen annually by our editors, Fanfare is The Horn Book Magazine’s selection of the best children’s and young adult books of the year. Picture Books Mirror written and illustrated by Jeannie Baker (Candlewick) A strikingly innovative design allows two wordless stories to be viewed simultaneously; each follows a boy and his […]

>Just when you thought she was Over

>Betty White narrates an audiobook.

The White stuff

Over the course of Betty White’s recent blazing-hot comeback, she’s played a hit-taking, Snickers-eating football player; a pee-drinking anthropology professor (Community); exaggerated Larry David-esque versions of herself (30 Rock, Ugly Betty); and, in The Proposal, Sandra Bullock’s character’s randy grandma who harasses an unlikely stripper played by Oscar from The Office — not to mention […]

>iWatch your movie

>and Claire Gross reviews the new Harry Potter movie.  I’m thinking of watching the whole megillacuddy (shut up, I’m in a mixed marriage) of HP movies this weekend, having seen none of them before, and Comcast is offering a deal. Would this be fun?

>iDrink your blood

>Katie reviews Bekka Black’s iDrakula over at Out of the Box.

Dispatches from Transylvania

“To my son, my husband, and my cell phone.” — iDrakula‘s dedication Bekka Black’s new novel iDrakula (Sourcebooks Fire, October 2010) retells Bram Stoker’s classic epistolary story entirely through digital communication, including text messages, email, and websites. This “e-pistolary” format itself is still unusual, but it’s quickly gaining ground, particularly for teen readers (see Elizabeth […]

What Would Steve Read?

by Steve Jenkins A snowstorm in August — stranger things have happened in Colorado. Interestingly, I’ve approximated Roger’s imaginary scenario by participating in a first-rate bicycle crash. Broken bones, bruises, and a jaw wired shut have rendered me homebound for a few days. So instead of making something up, I can report what really happened […]

That’s a lotta work, girl.

I just found out via Twitter that former HB editor Anita Silvey has a new blog, the Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac. God help her, Anita is posting a book recommendation daily, each tied in some way to that day’s significance. Today, for example, she writes about the D’Aulaires’ Abraham Lincoln in honor of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, […]

And you thought I was kidding about the Silly Bandz.

As promised, some book-related ephemera! The eponymous boxes. Behind them you can see (left to right) a Halloween card sent by Penguin (“Happy Halloween from Dick and Jane and Vampires“), a leaf art thank-you note from Lois Ehlert, a Bink and Gollie watch, and pink pouches of fairy dust. What you sadly can’t see, obscured […]