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Archives for July 2012

Ghost in the Machine

  Here I am wandering amidst the wonder that is Diane Landry’s Knight of Infinite Resignation (which made me a lot happier than it did the artist if the title is anything to go by), on display at Mass MoCA as part of their “Oh, Canada” exhibition. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a […]

Medalist matching game round-up

For our July/August 2012 special awards issue, The Horn Book Magazine asked Newbery and Caldecott Medalists to write about their favorite winning books. On Out of the Box we challenged readers to match each author or illustrator to his or her choice. We’ve collected all the entries here in case you missed any. For each […]

“My Favorite Caldecott” matching game featuring David Wiesner

David Wiesner has won the Caldecott Medal three times: in 1992 for Tuesday, in 2002 for The Three Pigs, and in 2007 for Flotsam. Which of these books is the illustrator’s favorite Caldecott winner? a) A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka (2012) b) The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (2008) c) Black […]

Caillou Stickers! app review

Caillou Stickers! (Night & Day Studios and Cookie Jar Entertainment, July 2012) is a straightforward digital sticker book for the preschool set. Users select one of seven backgrounds such as a schoolyard, birthday party, campsite, and park, then drag and drop brightly colored images of well-known PBS character Caillou, his friends, family, pets, and toys […]

There’s dancing in them thar hills

Off for some culture in the Berkshires; The Elephant Man and Far from Heaven today and Horn Book cover model Bill T. Jones tomorrow night.

Sally Ride (1951-2012)

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, died on July 23, 2012, at the age of 61. Best known for her space missions on the shuttle Challenger in 1983 and 1984, Dr. Ride was later a professor of physics at UC San Diego and director of the University of California’s California Space Institute. As […]

Review of The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to 
Their Younger Selves

The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to 
Their Younger Selves edited by Sarah Moon, with 
contributing editor James Lecesne Middle School, High School    Levine/Scholastic    
282 pp. 5/12    978-0-545-39932-6    $17.99 Inspired by mentors in her own childhood, editor Sarah Moon asked sixty-four gay, lesbian, and bisexual writers, illustrators, and publishing professionals to write letters to themselves […]

Horn Book Magazine Starred Reviews, September/October 2012

The following books will receive starred reviews in the September/October issue of The Horn Book Magazine.   This Not My Hat; by Jon Klassen (Candlewick) Machines Go to Work in the City; by William Low (Holt) Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins) Penny and Her Doll; by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow) […]

Margaret Mahy (1936-2012)

We are saddened to learn about the passing of Margaret Mahy, New Zealand’s Grande Dame of children’s literature. Ms. Mahy’s many awards and accolades include the Hans Christian Andersen Medal (2006); Carnegie Medals for The Haunting (1982) and The Changeover (1984); and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Bubble Trouble (2009), illustrated by Polly Dunbar, […]

“My Favorite Newbery” matching game featuring Laura Amy Schlitz

In 2008 Laura Amy Schlitz won the Newbery Medal for Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village, which introduces readers to residents of a 1255 English village through twenty-two poetic portraits. Which of these other Newbery-winning books is her favorite? a) The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting (1923) b) Strawberry Girl […]