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Archives for November 2017

Review of Louis Undercover

Louis Undercover by Fanny Britt; illus. by Isabelle Arsenault; trans. from the French by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou Middle School    Groundwood    160 pp. 10/17    978-1-55498-859-4    $19.95 e-book ed.  978-1-55498-860-0    $16.95 The collaborators behind Jane, the Fox & Me (rev. 1/14) have crafted another poignant picture book–sized graphic novel, this time about alcoholism, family separation, […]

Debs!

This Thursday at 3, JLG’s Deb Ford and I will be webcasting about some recent debut authors. Should someone tell them that the second book is harder? Angie Thomas has made my day by tweeting that she has no plans for a sequel to her first novel, The Hate U Give. God bless her.

#25DaysofHolidayBooks

‘Tis the season for holiday reading! Every day is like Christmas at the Horn Book, and in the fall, our sleigh’s worth of packages always includes plenty of holiday books. We review our new favorites for a range of ages in “Holiday High Notes,” a special feature in each November/December issue of The Horn Book […]

Thanksgiving media consumption scorecard

Nope, didn’t watch a single game. And didn’t read any children’s books. Here is what I imbibed instead.   Movies: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Hated the title; loved the performances and was with the plot for almost the whole movie. I did see Frances McDormand play this part better in Olive Kitteridge, however. B+ […]

A Different Pond

What happens when a cartoonist/graphic novelist is tasked with illustrating a picture book? The result in this case is a phenomenal piece of work that intensely captures mood and tells an unforgettable story of endurance. Upon our first look at Bao Phi’s A Different Pond (i.e., the cover), illustrated by Thi Bui, we see a book about […]

Review of After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Roaring Brook    40 pp. 10/17    978-1-62672-682-6    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-19095-6    $9.99 If The Adventures of Beekle is a study of friendship and Are We There Yet? (rev. 3/16) an appeal for mindfulness, then Santat is now […]

“When’s Thanksgiving?”

(with apologies to julie fogliano) when’s thanksgiving? where’s thanksgiving? when’s our out-of-office living? is it in a couple hours? is it far or is it near? we’ll have turkey or tofurky and a break from worky worky, ‘cause we’re thankful for our bookwork but our sleepy sleep is dear.

When’s My Birthday?

Here’s a book that was a big hit in the Horn Book office from the start, so I feel lucky to get to write about it here. It’s told by a soon-to-be six-year-old (perhaps; or perhaps by multiple children) anticipating a birthday. Julie Fogliano’s verse in all lower-case letters and minimal punctuation demands to be read […]

Remember

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, which honors those who have died as a result of anti-transgender violence. Katie’s Out of the Box post from last week is rich with links not only to trans- and queer-related articles and reviews from the Horn Book but also to organizations and recommended reading from all over. This […]

Native American Heritage Month 2017 resources

November is Native American Heritage Month, a celebration of the many varied Native American cultures. Check out the official website for more information and lots of resources. Here are some additional articles and links from The Horn Book’s archives and beyond. Resources on representation of Native Americans in children’s books Family Reading: “Change happens when […]