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Picture Book Reviews of 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

 Picture Book Winner The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary Beach Lane/Simon 32 pp. 10/14 978-1-4424-9744-3 $17.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4424-9745-0 $10.99 Appearances can be deceiving in this superb wordless book from two-time Caldecott Honor recipient Frazee. At sunset, a grim-faced, pitchfork-wielding farmer comes to the rescue when a […]

Fiction Reviews of 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

 Fiction Winner Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell Middle School   Simon   248 pp. 8/14   978-1-4424-9061-1   $16.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4424-9063-5   $10.99 Will (short for Wilhelmina), the only daughter of William Silver, white foreman of the Two Tree Hill Farm in Zimbabwe, leads a “wildcat” life with her Shona best friend Simon, filled with good rich mud, […]

Nonfiction Reviews of 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Nonfiction Winner The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and 
the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming Middle School, High School 
 Schwartz & Wade/Random  287 pp. 7/14 978-0-375-86782-8 $18.99 Library ed. 978-0-375-96782-5 $21.99 g e-book ed. 978-0-375-89864-8 $10.99 Marrying the intimate family portrait of Heiligman’s Charles and Emma (rev. 1/09) with the politics and intrigue […]

Book & Me | Comic #16

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Review of My Family Tree and Me

My Family Tree and Me by Dušan Petričić; illus. by the author Primary   Kids Can   24 pp. 4/15   978-1-77138-049-2   $16.95 The truth that if one’s parents hadn’t met one wouldn’t exist is a head-exploding realization of childhood. In this celebration of ancestry, Petričić bounces off that revelation to create an innovative introduction to the ordinary […]

59 ways to get writing

The Internet is full of writers talking about writing. Plenty of authors support each other and exchange advice online. But not all of these writers share wisdom extensively enough, or in a format organized enough, that those thoughts can be gathered into a book. That’s what Kate Messner’s done — with the help of fellow […]

Book & Me | Comic #15

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Board Book Roundup: Spring 2015 Edition

This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. Whose Tools? by Toni Buzzeo; illus. by Jim Datz […]

Review of The Last Leaves Falling

The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell High School   Simon   360 pp. 5/15   978-1-4814-3065-4   $17.99   g e-book ed. 978-1-4814-3067-8   $10.99 Sora, only seventeen, has ALS — “an old man’s 
disease” — and knows he’s going to die in just a few years. First, however, he’ll become a vegetable, dependent on his single mom to do […]

Behind the Scenes of the Little House books

How much time do you devote to researching the books you give your students to read? If you have the time or are really interested in the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pioneer Girl may be for you. This scholarly book with notes and appendices, edited by Pamela Smith Hill, is for true fans of […]