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Archives for September 2012

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This Is Not My Hat

Robin just reviewed this book for the Magazine (here it is, complete with Jon Klassen’s take on his favorite chapeau), but I forgot it was already hers and rushed to claim it when we were divvying up titles. I couldn’t let her have both Extra Yarn AND this one. As you can see, we love […]

Thom speaks

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards chair Thom Barthelmess talks to Nina and Jonathan over at Heavy Metal. Thom and his fellow judges (Lauren Adams and Megan Lambert) will be in town Friday for the Awards and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. I think it’s a lot more work being a BGHB judge than it was when […]

The Princess Bride: book versus movie

I love everything about William Goldman’s The Princess Bride. I love the book, first published in 1973 by Harcourt Brace, with its romance, humor, and snark. It manages to be self-aware and meta — that guy never broke character — while still being entirely earnest and somehow avoiding the sap (how is that possible?). The […]

Jon Klassen on This Is Not My Hat

We ask This Is Not My Hat author/illustrator Jon Klassen about his own taste in haberdashery. Read the full starred review of This Is Not My Hat here. Horn Book editors: What is your favorite style of chapeau and why? Jon Klassen: A good old-fashioned baseball cap. I wear one all the time, and have […]

November/December starred reviews

The following books will receive starred reviews in the November/December 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf?; by Debi Gliori (Walker) Little Tug; by Stephen Savage (Porter/Roaring Brook) Abe Lincoln’s Dream; by Lane Smith (Roaring Brook) Pinned; by Sharon G. Flake (Scholastic) My Book of Life by Angel; by Martine Leavitt (Ferguson/Farrar) Starry River of the Sky; by Grace Lin (Little, Brown) […]

Review of This Is Not My Hat

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen; illus. by the author Primary    Candlewick    40 pp. 10/12    978-0-7636-5599-0    $15.99    g The eyes have it in Klassen’s latest hat book (I Want My Hat Back, rev. 11/11). Klassen manages to tell almost the whole story through subtle eye movements and the tilt of seaweed and air […]

Step Gently Out

Sometimes I just have to admit it: I would dearly love to hear a committee discuss a picture book where the  medium is photography. When I served on the Coretta Scott King Committee, we honored the photography of Charles Smith in My People and that was the first time photography had been honored in the […]

This just in: Republican candidate Kincaid nudity scandal!

Republican presidential candidate Jamie Kincaid addresses accusations of public indecency: “By now, you’ve probably seen that picture of me in the fountain. (If not, don’t look at chapter 5 in the exposé E. L. Konigsburg wrote about me and my sister.) Okay, sure, I was naked. But, come on, how do you take a bath? Talks […]

Little Dog Lost

With a text so simple it could be an easy reader, Monica Carnesi tells the true story of a dog who got stuck on an ice flow in Poland’s Vistula River, swept out to the open sea, and rescued two days later. I am hoping this outwardly simple book will catch the committee’s attention. The […]