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Writer vs. Author — The Zena Sutherland Lecture by Linda Sue Park

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Photo by Sonya Sones“Writer vs. Author.” This dichotomy is one I deal with on a daily basis, sometimes on a minute-by-minute basis. I grew up in the age before social networking, so typing out words on a keyboard has long been a private activity for me. Even if the finished...
      

Horn Book reviews of ImPress's inspirations

New small publisher ImPress adapts children’s books for grown-ups (without any of that embarrassing kid stuff). Here’s how The Horn Book Magazine reviewed the original titles. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary     Little, Brown     48 pp.9/13     978-0-316-20063-9     $18.00Mr. Tiger walks upright and...
      

Letter to the Editor from Miriam Marecek, January/February 2014

November/December 2013 Horn BookIt was terrific to see Uri Shulevitz’s new book, Dusk, featured on the November/December 2013 cover. What joyous lights gleam through the winter nights as dusk falls quickly! This magnificent book is a wonderful companion to Shulevitz’s Dawn, which, in a gentle manner, paints the coming of...
      

The Horn Book Television Line-Up

All-of-a-Kind Family FeudElla, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, Gertie, and Baby Charlie: “Bring it on, Ingalls clan!”Big BrotherHousemates Darry Curtis, Klaus Baudelaire, the Weasley twins, and Christopher Dollanganger dish about their precocious younger sibs.Mad MenDressed-to-the-nines ad execs Brother Leon, President Snow, Voldemort, and Gollum backstab, scheme, and imbibe to deaden self-loathing. Meanwhile,...
      

Review of Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary     Little, Brown     48 pp.9/13     978-0-316-20063-9     $18.00Mr. Tiger walks upright and wears a top hat and a handsome coat with a bow tie, fitting in with the rest of society. But his orange fur provides the only...
      

Review of The Abominables

The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson; illus. by Fiona RobinsonIntermediate     Amulet/Abrams     264 pp.10/13     978-1-4197-0789-6     $16.95From Kenneth Grahame’s reluctant dragon to Roald Dahl’s BFG, endearing monsters are a staple of children’s literature, now including Eva Ibbotson’s yetis. The book opens a century ago when the young Lady Agatha Farlingham disappears and is...
      

Holiday High Notes 2013

O come, all ye faithful Horn Book readers… behold our annual selection of new holiday books, with reviews written by the Horn Book staff. Little Santaby Jon Agee; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary     Dial     40 pp.10/13     978-0-8037-3906-2     $17.99     gIt’s easy to distinguish Santa from his parents and six siblings (Larry,...
      

Review of Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving edited by Katherine Paterson; illus. by Pamela DaltonAll Ages     Handprint/Chronicle     56 pp.10/13     978-1-4521-1339-5     $18.99Paterson divides this collection of brief prayers, poems, and meditations into thanks for food, life, spirit, and community. Her selection is catholic and spans the centuries,...
      

Review of All the Truth That's in Me

All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie BerryHigh School     Viking     274 pp.9/13     978-0-670-78615-2     $17.99     gBerry’s (The Amaranth Enchantment, rev. 5/09) novel is set in fictional Roswell Station, a village that in its appearance and claustrophobic atmosphere seems to resemble an early American colonial settlement. Bit...
      

Northward Bound: The Picture Book Art of Isol

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Photo: Stefan TellThe Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in children’s and young adult literature was presented this year to a writer/illustrator whose work is just becoming known in the United States, the Argentinian picture book artist Marisol Misenta, or Isol.The Lindgren prize, or ALMA, was established in 2002 to honor the...

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