A Note from Me (July 31, 2020)

Dear friends: 

Lori-from-New-York was visiting this week and we got to talk about prime numbers! (She’s a math teacher.) When I asked her if all the primes were odd numbers she replied, “We don’t know.” Chills! Prime numbers are my next-favorite thing to talk about after diegetic music. We can discuss that next week if you all prepare by watching the movie Cabaret

I hope that you by now have finally received your July/August Horn Book Magazine in the mail. If you haven’t, contact the wonderful Kristy South, ksouth@juniorlibraryguild.com, who will cheerfully help you. (And if anyone wants to purchase a single copy of this or any other issue, Kristy can help you with that as well.) And don’t forget that the July/August issue can be read in its entirety, for free, in our digital edition

The September/October starred review list is out. Sometimes I fantasize that my retirement gift to myself will be banishing the star system from the Horn Book. No shortcuts! Read the review! But I fear my retirement would be short as the company would put out a hit on me. And the only point of publishing the star list in advance is buzz. To paraphrase Lou Grant, “I hate buzz.” 

I really did have another go at Kristin Lavransdatter, but she’s at this endless dinner (about a third of the way into volume two, The Wife) where they are endlessly discussing politics and alliances and hot Erlend is being his dopey self. So I have moved on to The Day of the Jackal, which is far better than the potboiler I was expecting. It’s very nouvelle roman, even if you can’t tell whether Frederick Forsyth was doing that on purpose. And inspired by Barbara Bader (and Bertha Mahony), I’m reading Christopher Morley’s Book Caravan, a “charmer” (BB’s word) in the lineage of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Cozy books about people who love to read. My favorite in this genre is Alan Bennett’s The Uncommon Reader; what’s yours? 




Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton
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.
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Alison S

Can you tell us more about the prime numbers? I thought that 2 was the only even prime and the rest were odd... but is it more complicated than that?

Posted : Aug 03, 2020 11:24

Joe Cutter

Re: prime numbersWe do know about the number of even prime numbers: only the number two. All other even numbers have two as a factor and cannot be prime. Otherwise a big fan of all things HB. My wife commiserated with your Kristin L. experience. She was led to believe it was an Important Book in high school and struggled through all three. “It was very Swedish.”

Posted : Aug 01, 2020 11:20

Norm Madge

I love Christopher Morley’s books “Parnassus on Wheels” and “The Haunted Bookshop”. I can’t find “Book Caravan”. Is that another name for “Parnassus on Wheels”? And check out the splendid sign that the proprietor of “The Haunted Bookshop” has displayed in his shop. I copied the sign to hang in my home library.

Posted : Jul 31, 2020 10:33


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