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Publishers’ Previews

  Welcome to The Horn Book Magazine’s Publishers’ Previews, a special advertising supplement that appears in The Horn Book Magazine and allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. The Horn Book has been asking Five Questions of authors...
      

Horn BOO! 2019

Welcome to our annual roundup of (not-always) scary seasonal stories, where you'll find, mostly, more pumpkins and puns than poltergeists. Happy Halloween! Mr. Pumpkin’s Tea Party by Erin Barker; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Blue Manatee   32 pp.    g 9/19    978-1-936669-77-6    $17.99  Handsome china dishes and raised pinkies accentuate a fancy...
      

Interview with Self

Richard Jackson: Thank you for doing this.   My pleasure. What’s the old adage? Say something, see something...  RJ: After some fifty years of working as an editor and publisher, you began writing picture books in...?  2013. In April of that year, I accompanied Brian Floca, as his editor, to an...
      

Two picture-book, read-alike suggestions for the new royal parents (it's a boy!)

His Royal Highness, King Baby: A Terrible True Storyby Sally Lloyd-Jones; illus. by David RobertsPrimary    Candlewick    48 pp.9/17    978-0-7636-9793-8    $16.99“Once upon a time, there was a Happy Family” consisting of a mother, father, daughter (shown with tights on her head simulating long, blonde, princess-y hair), and pet gerbil. Life was...
      

School days 2017

Allman, Toney  Food in SchoolsGr. 4–6, middle school   64 pp.     NorwoodMatters of Opinion series. This book examines three school lunch–related issues: what should be served, how much government control there should be, and what the schools' involvement in nutrition should be. In addition to the pros and cons of each and...
      

Reviews of 2017 Mind the Gap Award winners

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. Our annual Mind the Gap Awards pay tribute to our favorite books that didn’t win. Here’s how we reviewed our 2017 winners. The Airport Bookby Lisa Brown; illus. by the authorPrimary    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp.5/16    978-1-62672-091-6    $17.99As an (interracial) family of four...
      

Review of Garvey's Choice

Garvey’s Choiceby Nikki GrimesIntermediate, Middle School    WordSong/Boyds Mills    108 pp.10/16    978-1-62979-740-3    $16.95e-book ed.  978-1-62979-747-2    $7.99In a little book of little poems, Grimes tells a big-hearted story of Garvey (named after Marcus Garvey), an overweight boy tormented by name-calling at school: “lard butt, fatso, Mister Tubs.” Of his size, he says,...
      

Review of Moo

Mooby Sharon CreechIntermediate, Middle School    Cotler/HarperCollins    278 pp.8/16    978-0-06-241524-0    $16.99Library ed.  978-0-06-241525-7    $17.89    ge-book ed.  978-0-06-241527-1    $6.99Sick of city life and having recently lost their jobs, Reena’s parents decide to move to Maine, to a small coastal town. It’s summer, and twelve-year-old Reena and younger brother Luke are free to...
      

Reviews of the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award Winner and Honor Books

Nonfiction Winner Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothersby Deborah HeiligmanHigh School    Holt    451 pp.4/17    978-0-8050-9339-1    $19.99    ge-book ed.  978-1-2501-0969-9    $9.99Heiligman (Charles and Emma, rev. 1/09) again examines the impact of a family member on her main subject, this time unpacking the friendship between...
      

Review of The Three Lucys

The Three Lucysby Hayan Charara; illus. by Sara KahnPrimary    Lee & Low    40 pp.9/16    978-1-60060-998-5    $18.95    gLebanese boy Luli loves his three cats: Lucy the Fat, Lucy the Skinny, and Lucy Lucy. Excited for his family’s annual weekend visit to his aunt Layla and uncle Adel’s house in Beirut, Luli...

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