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Review of School's First Day of School

School’s First Day of Schoolby Adam Rex; 
illus. by Christian RobinsonPrimary    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp.6/16    978-1-59643-964-1    $17.99    gWe’ve had many books about kids getting ready for the first day of school, but now we have another perspective: the school’s itself. The title page shows the finishing touches being added to...

Letter to the Editor from Ginny Moore Kruse, March/April 2016

March/April 2016 Horn BookEver since I read the recent Horn Book tribute to Beverly Cleary, my friend and colleague Eliza T. Dresang has been in my mind. Now that the 100th anniversary of Beverly Cleary's birth is being celebrated, I'm thinking of both of these amazing women. Perhaps Eliza is...

Review of Thunder Boy Jr.

Thunder Boy Sherman Alexie; 
illus. by Yuyi MoralesPreschool, Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp.5/16    978-0-316-01372-7    $17.99    g“I HATE MY NAME!” Why, Thunder Boy Smith complains, couldn’t he have been named “Sam” like his mother (Agnes) wanted? And why does he have to share his name with his father, Thunder Boy...

Yuyi Morales on Thunder Boy Jr.

In our March/April 2016 issue, editor Elissa Gershowitz asked illustrator Yuyi Morales about that scene-stealing little sister in Thunder Boy Jr. Read the starred review of Thunder Boy Jr.Elissa Gershowitz: This is Thunder Boy Jr.’s story, but you’ve got to love little-sis Lillian. How did her part in the story...

Review of Among a Thousand Fireflies

Among a Thousand Firefliesby Helen Frost; photos by Rick LiederPreschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.3/16    978-0-7636-7642-1    $15.99    gFrost and Lieder (Step Gently Out; Sweep Up the Sun) collaborate on a third picture book featuring a poem by Frost illustrated with Lieder’s luminous photographs, this time on the subject 
of fireflies. Frost’s...

Review of A Tangle of Gold

A Tangle of Gold [Colors of Madeleine]by Jaclyn MoriartyMiddle School, High School    Levine/Scholastic    470 pp.4/16    978-0-545-39740-7    $17.99    ge-book ed. 978-0-545-77735-3    $17.99Going into this final book in the trilogy set in two worlds (A Corner of White, rev. 5/13; The Cracks in the Kingdom, rev. 3/14), Moriarty left herself with an...

Review of On the Farm, at the Market

On the Farm, at the Marketby G. Brian Karas; illus. by the authorPrimary    Ottaviano/Holt    40 pp.4/16    978-0-8050-9372-8    $16.99Karas divides his entertaining and enlightening behind-the-scenes story of a farmers’ market into two sections. The first, “On the Farm,” places a sunny focus on the daily grind that keeps three types of...

Review of Prairie Dog Song: The Key to Saving 
North America’s Grasslands

Prairie Dog Song: The Key to Saving 
North America’s Grasslandsby Susan L. Roth and Cindy 
Trumbore; illus. by Susan L. RothPrimary    Lee & Low    40 pp.4/16    978-1-62014-245-5    $18.95    gRoth and Trumbore take off from the cumulative folk song “The Green Grass Grew All Around” to detail the plight of the...

Review of Raymie Nightingale

Raymie Nightingaleby Kate DiCamilloIntermediate    Candlewick    264 pp.4/16    978-0-7636-8117-3    $16.99    gWhen ten-year-old Raymie Clarke’s father runs away with a dental hygienist, Raymie has no idea how to take charge of her life. Her mother’s no help, and her father’s secretary simply assures her that “most things work out right in the...

Review of Horrible Bear!

Horrible Bear!by Ame Dyckman; 
illus. by Zachariah OHoraPreschool, Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp.4/16    978-0-316-28283-3    $16.99The action begins on the title-page spread, with a little red-haired girl standing on the bottom of the left-hand page. She’s flying a kite — and she’s frowning. The kite is high up in the sky,...

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