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Archives for May 2013

Bernard Waber (1921-2013)

We are saddened to learn of the death of author-illustrator Bernard Waber last week. Waber, the author of more than thirty children’s books, is best known for his books featuring urban crocodile Lyle (The House on East 88th Street; Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile; Lovable Lyle; and more) and those about every-child Ira (Ira Sleeps Over, Ira […]

Reviews of select Bernard Waber titles

Bernard Waber, Author-Illustrator  The House on East 88th Street 48 pp.  Houghton  $3.00 Library edition  $2.90 Tried out with a picture-book group, this tale of a domesticated crocodile named Lyle proved consistently captivating. In his story, Lyle wins the hearts of new residents of a New York City house where an actor has left him […]

Jon Klassen on misremembering: has this ever happened to you?

In his 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award speech, illustrator Jon Klassen talks about having a false memory of a scene from the movie There Will Be Blood. Meanwhile, Horn Book Magazine reader Martha Bennett Stiles had the same experience with the book Mountolive. Memory is a funny thing. Has that ever happened to […]

Review of Kelsey Green, Reading Queen

Kelsey Green, Reading Queen [Franklin School Friends] by Claudia Mills; illus. by 
Rob Shepperson Primary    Ferguson/Farrar    122 pp. 5/13    978-0-374-37485-3    $15.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-374-37488-4    $9.99 Kelsey might be the reading queen of her third-grade class, but her throne is threatened when principal Mr. Boone announces a school-wide reading challenge: two thousand books read before […]

Yarn bomb!

While walking in the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain this weekend, I finally witnessed what Mac Barnett was talking about in his 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Award speech for Extra Yarn. (BTW, the 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards announcement is coming up!) And here’s a view of the city of Boston from Peters […]

From The Guide: Graphic Novels for Children

Accessible text matched with dynamic illustrations in engaging cartoon-panel layouts help make graphic novels inviting packages for younger readers, struggling or reluctant readers, and comics-loving kids. The following sampling of recommended titles from the spring 2013 issue of The Horn Book Guide includes perennial-favorite characters, debut series, graphic-novel adaptations, and more. —Katrina Hedeen Assistant Editor, […]

What’s on YOUR list?

  Katie Bircher and Elissa Gershowitz bring you our annual list of summer reading recommendations for kids. Strictly recreational, of course, and librarians are welcome to place a “COMMON-CORE FREE!” sticker on the PDF. What about your own reading? I’m juggling audio editions of The Woman Upstairs and Inferno on my phone; The Oracle Glass and […]

Even Monsters Get Sick app review

Harry’s got a new pet monster named Zub, and it only cost him three stickers, two sticks of gum, and one skateboard. Problem is, it seems like a bad trade: all Zub does is sit around, gurgle, and drip green goo everywhere. It’s not until after Zub sneezes that Harry realizes his monster isn’t lazy […]

A whole bunch of questions for Lucy Knisley

In her adult graphic-novel memoir Relish: My Life in the Kitchen (First Second, April 2013), Lucy Knisley portrays specific periods of her life and their associated “taste-memories” in a series of witty, touching vignettes. Relish begins with Lucy’s early childhood in New York City, growing up in a family of foodies with great faith in […]

2013 Summer Reading from The Horn Book

We’re super-psyched to present our annual Summer Reading List, complete with free downloadable PDF sampler. These new books, published 2012-2013, have been hand-selected for kids of all ages, from preschoolers to teenagers. There’s (more than one) something for everyone! So hop on a hammock, sprawl on a beach — and don’t forget to bring a […]