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Archives for April 2012

Mac Barnett and Adam Rex Talk with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by Mac Barnett and Adam Rex’s Chloe and the Lion is a complex affair of metafictional play, appropriately taking place on a stage and peopled by puppets. They include a feisty […]

Review of Oh No! Not Again! (Or How I Built a Time Machine to Save History) (Or at Least My History Grade)

Oh No! Not Again!: (Or How I Built a Time Machine to Save History) (Or at Least My History Grade) by Mac Barnett; illus. by Dan Santat Primary Disney-Hyperion 40 pp. 6/12 978-1-4231-4912-5 $17.99 g Barnett and Santat reunite with this companion to Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World). This time […]

BGHB submissions deadline coming up

The submission deadline for 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards is less than a month away and the judges are eager to see more of the best that’s out there. Books must be published in the United States between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012 and will not be accepted after May 15. Head to […]

Boots on the ground

Barbara Bader’s “Cleveland and Pittsburgh Create a Profession” looks at a time when place really mattered and where you worked was far more allied to what you did than it is today. Certainly, you would learn from your distant colleagues via professional associations and journals, but change in librarianship happened building by building. Reading Bader’s […]

One of these things is not like the others

It was funny to see this bookshelf in a bookstore at the Houston airport, even funnier after our recent discussions here about the canon, and after my TLA panel circling around the same topic. On Wednesday afternoon, Betty Carter, Sally Miculek, Lauren Wohl, and I entertained all kinds of questions about The Classics: what are […]

What Hath Harry Wrought?

Just to get a sense of historical perspective, when I last spoke at this festival, there was no euro, no iPods, no Wikipedia, no Facebook; Pluto was still a planet; and I was still drinking. More to the point — today’s point — is that Harry Potter had yet to appear on our side of […]

Press Here… the app

If you were like me, you applauded Press Here, the ingenious book by Hervé Tullet, for its anti-app bravado. If the news that there is now an app version (Chronicle, April) of the book disgusts you, please don’t be too quick to judge. The first thing to realize is that Press Here was translated from […]

Going for gold

Is it too early to get excited about the Summer Olympics? I’m not really a sports person, but I do get excited about my two favorite events: the 400 meter Drool-Over-Michael-Phelps relay and women’s gymnastics. I was eleven years old when the Magnificent 7 dominated the 1996 summer games — the perfect age to marvel […]

Cleveland and Pittsburgh Create a Profession

The sight of a ‘children’s room’ in a public library just after school hours is enchanting…they pour into its doors, the crowd of children, well-dressed, poorly clad, boys, girls, big, small, all with an assured air of welcome, comfortably, easily, happily at home among bookshelves as they are in no other spot. Thirty years ago […]

Honoring Diana Wynne Jones

We’re participating in the Celebrate Diana Wynne Jones blog tour to honor this incredible writer whom Roger called “a long and true friend of the Horn Book.” Her hilarious essay “The Other Half,” first published in the September/October 2008 Horn Book Magazine, reveals a surprising problematic element of school visits.