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Archives for September 2014

Review of Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen

Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen by Garth Nix Middle School, High School    Harper/HarperCollins    383 pp. 10/14    978-0-06-156155-9    $18.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-06-221680-9    $10.99 Six centuries before the events of Sabriel (rev. 1/97), Lirael (rev. 7/01), and Abhorsen (rev. 3/03), circumstances in the Old Kingdom are vastly different: the addled king refuses to rule; the Abhorsen neglects […]

El Deafo

This week, I was lucky enough to have a thirty-minute window when I could pop into my favorite independent bookstore in Los Angeles. They have a large children’s section on the second floor that I love perusing because they do an excellent job at getting new books. On one of their displays sat El Deafo […]

Make way for goslings

On my way to work this morning, I saw a modern-day Officer Michael helping a gaggle of adolescent goslings across the Fenway. When I got to work, I found out that Kitty was about a minute ahead of me and had hit the Walk button for them.

What *about* those Caldecott criteria?

Last week, Robin reminded us how crucial it is to keep the Caldecott criteria in mind as we examine this year’s picture books. We all know that the Caldecott rules and criteria are paramount and inviolable, and for decades committees have obsessively wrestled with the meanings and nuances of “excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed”; […]

Review of When Aunt Mattie Got Her Wings

When Aunt Mattie 
Got Her Wings by Petra Mathers; illus. by the author Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp. 9/14    978-1-4814-1044-1    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-1045-8    $10.99 Best (bird) friends Lottie and Herbie (Lottie’s New Beach Towel, rev. 5/98; A Cake for Herbie, rev. 5/00) help each other cope when Lottie’s beloved (and intrepid and fun-loving) aunt […]

Grand and Important: Books for Beginning Readers

I’m not a teacher, a day-care provider, a doctor, or an educational administrator. I have neither statistics nor formulas to deliver. I’m a parent. I’m a writer and illustrator. And I’m a reader. I have instinct and intuition — that’s it. Today, I’m going to try to answer a couple of questions. How does a […]

Week in Review, September 22nd-26th

This week on hbook.com… The Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony and Mind the Gaps: Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium are coming up soon — register now to attend both! This week we celebrated our winners and honorees with roundups of web extras: Nonfiction: winner Steve Sheinkin (The Port Chicago 50); honorees Steve Jenkins (The Animal […]

Early Learning recap

SLJ has posted a report of Martha and my presentation in Ohio last week of what makes  for a good preschool book. Look for Kevin Henkes’ excellent speech from that event on our site on Monday.

The Maze Runner movie review

I’m a sucker for a good secret. The Maze Runner is all about secrets. If you’ve read James Dashner’s novel, seeing the Twentieth Century Fox movie (September 2014; PG-13) is a completely different experience than it would be if you were new to the story. Instead of wondering how a gaggle of teenaged boys ended […]

2014 BGHB Picture Book Day

Wednesday and yesterday we gave you web extras honoring our BGHB Nonfiction and Fiction Award winners — today it’s picture books’ turn! Read reviews of all of the 2014 picture book winners here; see below for a lot more web extras to celebrate them. And, if you’re in the Boston area, join us on October […]