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Archives for January 2012

Reviews of the 2012 Belpre Illustrator Award winners

Winner: Duncan Tonatiuh for Diego Rivera: His World and Ours (Abrams) Review in The Horn Book Guide, fall 2011 The first half of the book provides background on Rivera’s life and the inspiration behind his work. Readers are then asked to imagine how he might paint subjects from life today: “Maybe Diego would paint shops […]

Reviews of the 2012 Batchelder winners

Winner: Eerdmans for Soldier Bear by Bibi Dumon Tak; trans. from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson; illus. by Philip Hopman Review in The Horn Book Magazine, November/December 2011 It really happened: hundreds of Polish soldiers, fleeing the Russians after the German attack on their already divided country in 1941, escaped to Iran. There they joined […]

Reviews of the 2012 Belpre Author Award winners

Winner: Guadalupe Garcia McCall for Under the Mesquite (Lee & Low Books) Review in The Horn Book Guide, spring 2012 Eldest Lupita leads her seven younger siblings through the uncertainty of their mother’s cancer. Lupita endeavors to keep her Mexican American family together while attempting to reach her own goals for college and a career. […]

ALA Awards 2012: Horn Book reviews of the winners

        The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, were awarded to Jack Gantos and Chris Raschka on January 23, 2012, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Dallas. Also announced at the gathering were the winners of the Coretta Scott King, Belpre, Printz, Sibert, and Batchelder […]

Reviews of the 2012 CSK Author Award winners

Winner: Kadir Nelson for Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray) “Most folks my age and complexion don’t speak much about the past,” begins the unnamed narrator of this graceful and personalized overview of African-American history. But this doesn’t stop her from telling the story in a sweeping account […]

Reviews of the 2012 CSK Illustrator Award winners

Winner: Shane W. Evans for Underground (Roaring Brook/Porter) Review in The Horn Book Magazine, January/February 2011 With dramatic images and minimal narrative, Evans projects a “we-are-there” experience of fugitives on the run, escaping slavery. The figures are eerily disembodied, and many of the double-page spreads feature a two-word text such as “The darkness” or “The fear” […]

Reviews of the 2012 Printz winners

Winner: Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (Atheneum) Review in The Horn Book Guide, Fall 2011 When Cullen Witter was seventeen, his younger brother disappeared from their rural Arkansas town. Meanwhile, the suicide of Cabot Searcy’s college roommate has sent him on a quest to save mankind. The two parallel plot lines, disconnected […]

Additional ALA Awards 2012

Alex Awards for the ten best adult books that appeal to a teen audience • Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin (Farrar) • In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard (Little, Brown) • The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan (Farrar) • The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens […]

Reviews of the 2012 Robert F. Sibert winners

Winner: Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet; illus. by the author (Houghton) At Macy’s department store, marionette maker Tony Sarg started inside and worked his way out. He designed mechanical storybook figures for Macy’s window displays before inventing the giant balloon characters that would become the […]

Reviews of the 2012 Caldecott winners

Winner: A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka; illus. by the author (Schwartz & Wade/Random) Starred review in The Horn Book Magazine, September/October 2011 The wordless story begins on the title page, where we see a scruffy little black-and-white dog about to be given a big red ball. It’s clear from the start that Daisy […]