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Archives for October 2013

Gene Luen Yang on Boxers & Saints

In the September/October 2013 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Sam Bloom asked Gene Luen Yang about the process of creating the two volumes of Boxers & Saints. Read the starred review here. Sam Bloom: Did you write both volumes at the same time, or did one come before the other? How did you decide to split […]

Review of Boxers & Saints

Boxers & Saints Boxed set 978-1-59643-924-5     $34.99 Boxers by Gene Luen Yang; illus. by the author; color by Lark Pien Middle School, High School     First Second/Roaring Brook     328 pp. 10/13     978-1-59643-359-5     $18.99 Saints by Gene Luen Yang; illus. by the author; color by Lark Pien Middle School, High School     First Second/Roaring Brook     172 pp. 10/13     […]

Niño Wrestles the Caldecott Committee: a guest post by KT Horning

Ladies and gentlemen, señores  y señoras, now presenting Niño Wrestles the World. See how artist Yuyi Morales brilliantly combines two aspects of popular culture—comic-book style and  Lucha Libre (WWF with más drama y más flare). Watch her twist reality and fantasy as little Niño, in his red mask and tighty whities, takes on competitors in his […]

The Multi-talented Brian Pinkney

Brian Pinkney’s art was some of the first I saw this year. Busy-Busy Little Chick chirped at me from the booth at ALA last summer, and I was smitten. While Little Chick might not be as sparkly and complicated as some of the other books we have talked about this year, it still is worthy of discussion. […]

You are what you read

From The Outsiders to The Perks of Being a Wallflower to the Twilight saga, teen fiction has long used protagonists’ reading taste as a characterization device. It’s a fast way to say a lot about a character with very little information (or effort, depending on the novel). For instance, avid Jane Austen fans show up […]

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed app review

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (May 2013), an animated picture book app from developer Twin Sisters, offers an extra musical twist on this classic nursery rhyme. The app features a standard read-to-me option with an adult male narrator, as well as a sing-to-me option with an adult female singer and children’s chorus. One […]

More Ruzzier: Bear and Bee

On Wednesday, Martha posted about Sergio Ruzzier’s Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? (written by Eve Bunting). Ruzzier has another book getting some award buzzzz this year: Bear and Bee. Ruzzier’s pen-and-ink line is distinctively his: simultaneously elegant and casual, they add a sense of motion, even to basic horizon lines. His playful, shaky […]

Horn Book Reviews of the 2013 National Book Award Finalists

The National Book Foundation announced their shortlists for the 2013 National Book Awards on Wednesday, October 16th. Here’s how the Horn Book reviewed their selections in the Young People’s Literature category. The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt; illus. by Jennifer Bricking Intermediate, Middle School     Atheneum     374 pp. 7/13     978-1-4424-2105-9   […]

Is it still formula fiction if you’ve never read anything like it?

I’m still thinking about “literary fiction” and what it might mean in the context of books for young people. The National Book Awards named their shortlist of finalists yesterday, and I’m guessing those lucky ducks can serve as at least a pretty good approximation of what researchers Kidd and Castano were looking for when they […]

Ghoulies and ghosties…

…and beasties of many kinds can be found on our newly updated Halloween reading list. From silly picture books to spine-tingling YA, there’s something festive for every young reader. All of the titles included were published in the last few years and recommended by The Horn Book Magazine. What are you reading — and sharing […]