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Starred reviews, November/December 2014 Horn Book Magazine

FarmerThe following books will receive starred reviews in the November/December 2014 Horn Book Magazine. I am also told that we have broken our own record for number of books reviewed in a single issue, north of 130.


Sam & Dave Dig a Hole; by Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon Klassen (Candlewick) (page 57)

The Farmer and the Clown; written and illus. by Marla Frazee (Beach Lane/Simon)

Shh! We Have a Plan; written and illus. by Chris Haughton (Candlewick)

The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza; by Jack Gantos (Farrar)

My Heart Is Laughing; by Rose Lagercrantz; illus. by Eva Eriksson; trans. from the Swedish by Julia Marshall (Gecko)

The Turtle of Oman: A Novel; by Naomi Shihab Nye; illus. by Betsy Peterschmidt (Greenwillow)

Nuts to You; written and illus. by Lynne Rae Perkins (Greenwillow)

El Deafo; written and illus. by Cece Bell; color by David Lasky (Amulet/Abrams)

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus; by Jen Bryant; illus. by Melissa Sweet (Eerdmans)

Sisters; written and illus. by Raina Telgemeier; color by Braden Lamb (Graphix/Scholastic)

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Fabulous list here. I will certainly pound the pavement and get a good look at the ones I have not seen, and will secure the ones that really capture my fancy.

    You were the first to proclaim THE FARMER AND THE CLOWN Roger, and I must say I am with you lock, stock and barrel. Stunning book, with magnificent application of red and yellow, and deep emotional resonance. And so buoyant. Perfect presentation of bonding for the young ones, but with universal appeal. Add to this Ms. Frazee I know is beloved, and her prior work, including the two previous Caldecott Honors speaks for itself. Of all the others here I am particularly hot to trot for the Barnett-Klassen collaboration. As far as the Bryant-Sweet book it too is a supreme masterpiece. Ms. Sweet has two this year! Remarkable. 🙂

  2. Love this Marla Frazee cover, which reminds me so much of Lizbeth Zwerger’s WIZARD OF OZ.

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