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Archives for January 2012

Preview March/April 2012 Horn Book Magazine

Special Issue: Books Remixed: Reading in the Digital Age Stephen Roxburgh sees into the e-future Susan Meddaugh lets “Martha Speak” for herself M. T. Anderson travels (as a reader) with The Time Machine Roger Sutton interviews Holes director Andrew Davis Virginia Duncan on creating the Freight Train app Sight Reading: Leonard S. Marcus interviews Dan […]

March/April Horn Book Magazine Starred Reviews

The following books will receive starred reviews in the March/April issue of The Horn Book Magazine (incidentally, Z Is for Moose made me wish I were still doing story hours): Z Is for Moose, by Kelly Bingham; illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky (Greenwillow) The Obstinate Pen, by Frank W. Dormer (Holt) The Hero of Little […]

Aren’t they great?

NOT the Caldecott choices, well, of course them but really: Lolly and Robin. I want to thank them for starting up Calling Caldecott and doing such a nice job of keeping it going and getting it noticed. (On the day of the announcement, the New York Times even linked over here.) And you too, readers: […]

Must-see TV

This morning, shrieks of laughter filled our normally quiet office as the Horn Book staff watched The Colbert Report‘s Maurice Sendak interviews. If you haven’t seen these, head right over to Comedy Central’s website; they’re not to be missed! Here’s Night 1 and Night 2.

Appily ever after

Developer Nosy Crow just won a Publishing Innovation Award for their app-only fairy tale retelling Cinderella: A 3-D Fairy Tale (September 2011). Like their Three Little Pigs, this digital interpretation has plenty of charm. The app’s “read to me” and “read and play” options are refreshingly narrated by a cast of British child actors, with […]

Big Deal in Big D

I know you have all heard the Youth Media Awards compared to the Oscars, but that has never been how I felt. I mean, we are all wearing convention-wear (sensible shoes and the like), toting bulging cloth bookbags, gripping paper, pen, various electronic devices and  our boarding passes for the post-announcement sprint to Love Field […]

Review of The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate; 
illus. by Patricia Castelao Intermediate    Harper/HarperCollins    305 pp. 1/12    978-0-06-199225-4    $16.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-06-210198-3    $9.99 “I am Ivan. I am a gorilla. / It’s not as easy as it looks.” In short chapters (the book has an open layout and frequent illustrations) that have the look […]

Caldecott post mortem

Or, as Roger Sutton said in his blog post today, “Tuesday-morning quarterbacking.” Robin and I will each write one more post this week, then Roger will tie up the first Calling Caldecott season with a guest post. Unlike Robin who went to the actual press conference at 7:45 a.m. Dallas time, I just had to […]

To aid in your Tuesday-morning quarterbacking

. . . Kitty has posted the Horn Book reviews of all the ALA award and honor books. (And I am very proud of my metaphor however trite as it was only on Sunday that our advertising manager Al Berman was explaining to me that I really needed to get more excited about the Patriots, […]

Read more about ’em (the ALA winners, that is)

Congratulations to all the winners! Here’s some extra credit reading from our archives. Caldecott honor Five questions for Patrick McDonnell (from May 2011 Notes from the Horn Book) Me…Jane discussion on Calling Caldecott       CSK Author Award winner and CSK Illustrator honor Roger Talks with Kadir Nelson (from a November 2011 interview)   […]