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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...
      

Review of The Screaming Staircase

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The Screaming Staircase [Lockwood & Co.]by Jonathan StroudIntermediate, Middle School     Disney-Hyperion     374 pp.9/13     978-1-4231-6491-3     $16.99     gWith a morbidly cheery tone and sure-footed establishment of characters and setting, Stroud (the Bartimaeus trilogy; Heroes of the Valley, rev. 1/09) kicks off a new series that is part procedural and part ghost story,...
      

Review of Boxers & Saints

Boxers & SaintsBoxed set 978-1-59643-924-5     $34.99Boxers by Gene Luen Yang; illus. by the author; color by Lark PienMiddle School, High School     First Second/Roaring Brook     328 pp.10/13     978-1-59643-359-5     $18.99Saintsby Gene Luen Yang; illus. by the author; color by Lark PienMiddle School, High School     First Second/Roaring Brook     172 pp.10/13     978-1-59643-689-3     $15.99Yang’s latest...
      

Chris Raschka on When Lions Roar

Photo by Catherine Wink.In the September/October 2013 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer K. T. Horning asked Chris Raschka about illustrating scary emotional situations in When Lions Roar. Read the review here.K. T. Horning: For many young children, a roaring parent is even scarier than a roaring lion. How did you approach...
      

Review of When Lions Roar

When Lions Roar by Robie H. Harris; illus. by Chris RaschkaPreschool     Orchard/Scholastic     32 pp.10/13     978-0-545-11283-3     $16.99     gA young child (of indeterminate gender) is frightened by loud noises on a trip to the zoo — from screeching monkeys and booming thunder to yelling parents and blaring sirens, each one simply described...
      

Horn BOO! 2013

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Trick or treat! Enjoy our inaugural selection of new books for Halloween, with reviews written by the Horn Book staff. For more spooky books for middle graders, see “Slightly Spooky Middle-Grade Tales.”Vampire Babyby Kelly Bennett; illus. by Paul MeiselPrimary     Candlewick     32 pp.7/13     978-0-7636-4691-2     $15.99A boy describes...
      

From The Guide: Slightly Spooky Middle-Grade Tales

It’s time for trick-or-treating, costuming-wearing, and embracing all things eerie. In “Horn BOO!” the Horn Book staff recommends spooky (or kooky) offerings, mostly picture books, for celebrating Halloween. The following books about ghosts, hauntings, monsters, and more will all appear in the forthcoming fall 2013 Horn Book Guide. These novels...
      

Review of The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi

The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Naziby Neal BascombMiddle School, High School     Levine/Scholastic     240 pp.9/13     978-0-545-43099-9     $16.99     ge-book ed. 978-0-545-56239-3     $16.99Dismissing Hannah Arendt via footnote, Bascomb concisely establishes Adolf Eichmann as an enthusiastic and painstaking enforcer of Hitler’s Final...
      

Review of Journey

Journeyby Aaron Becker; illus. by the authorPrimary     Candlewick     40 pp.8/13     978-0-7636-6053-6     $15.99In the tradition of Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon (rev. 10/55), this wordless story shows a bored young girl  living in a monochromatic world who is able to draw herself into other worlds...
      

Review of The Lord of Opium

The Lord of Opiumby Nancy FarmerHigh School     Jackson/Atheneum     412 pp.9/13     978-1-4424-8254-8     $17.99 ge-book ed. 978-1-4424-8256-2     $12.99With the death of El Patrón at the end of The House of the Scorpion (rev. 11/02), Matt, the drug lord’s fourteen-year-old clone, has not only been reclassified as a human but has...

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