Preview May/June 2017 Horn Book Magazine

may2017magazine_300Special Issue: Humor


Cover by Jon Agee.

“Say Something Funny”: musings of author and accidental humorist Lisa Yee.

New Yorker art editor and TOON publisher Françoise Mouly asks, “What’s So Funny About Comics?”

“Laughter and Resistance”: Philip Nel on humor as a weapon in the age of Trump.

“Mocking Moscow”: author Eugene Yelchin on political jokes in Russia.

Lisa Brown looks to the classics in her cartoon “How to Be Funny.”

Betsy Bird and Julie Danielson remember the late Peter D. Sieruta, the Horn Book’s funniest writer.

“The Adventures of Baby D”: a not-so-heavy-handed cartoon by Raúl the Third.

Gail Carriger on “Fashion-Forward Vampires and the Power of Humor in Genre Fiction.”

Gecko Press publisher Julia Marshall on translating humor.

“The Straight Poop on Potty Humor” from Horn Book Family Reading co-parents Elissa Gershowitz and Kitty Flynn.

BGHB at 50: Tim Wynne-Jones looks back at the 1980 Picture Book winner, Chris Van Allsburg’s The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.

From The Guide: “Darkly Funny YA.”

“Honking the Horn”: We asked some children’s book creators to tell us a joke. Responses appear throughout the issue from Ame Dyckman, Alma Fullerton, Daniel Handler, Molly Idle, Dana Alison Levy, Juana Medina, Adam Rex and Christian Robinson, Sergio Ruzzier, Jon Scieszka, Bob Shea, David Ezra Stein, Susan Tan, and Rita Williams-Garcia.

Impromptu: Books back in print, books by our friends, and books of professional interest.

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