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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...
      

Reviews of 2018 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 2018 winners. Windowsby Julia Denos; illus. by E. B. GoodalePreschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g10/17    978-0-7636-9035-9    $15.99“At the end of the day,...
      

Reviews of 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Picture Book Winner They Say Blueby Jillian Tamaki; illus. by the authorPrimary    Abrams    40 pp.3/18    978-1-4197-2851-8    $17.99A girl considers the wondrousness of the world around her, prompted by the colors she encounters throughout her day. While at the beach, she gazes across the water (“They say the sea is blue…But...
      

Reviews of the 2018 Caldecott Award winners

Winner: Wolf in the Snowby Matthew Cordell; illus. by the authorPrimary    Feiwel    48 pp.1/17    978-1-250-07636-6    $17.99    gA series of illustrations before the title page sets the scene: a prairie landscape in winter, home to both humans and wolves. Setting off alone toward home from school as a blizzard descends, a...
      

Review of Who Am I?: An Animal Guessing Game

Who Am I?: An Animal Guessing Gameby Steve Jenkins and Robin Page; illus. by Steve JenkinsPreschool    Houghton    40 pp.    g11/17    978-0-544-93539-6    $14.99“Who Am I?” ask seven animals, including a rabbit, crab, monkey, and flamingo. Viewers are first challenged with a set of five or six clues to each creature’s identity,...
      

Review of Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Libraryby Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Eric VelasquezPrimary, Intermediate    Candlewick    48 pp.    g9/17    978-0-7636-8046-6    $16.99Growing up in Puerto Rico, Arturo Schomburg (1874–1938) asked his teachers why his textbooks omitted black people. He knew their contributions mattered, and ravenously read to learn more. At seventeen,...
      

Review of The Wrong Train

The Wrong Trainby Jeremy de Quidt; illus. by Dave SheltonMiddle School    Fickling/Scholastic    209 pp.    g7/17    978-1-338-12125-4    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-338-12126-1    $11.99This unsettling collection of eight ghost stories, framed by a ninth, will surely delight fans of the eerie and the macabre. A British boy hurriedly boards a train one night, but...
      

Review of Creepy Pair of Underwear!

Creepy Pair of Underwear!by Aaron Reynolds; illus. by Peter BrownPrimary    Simon    48 pp.8/17    978-1-4424-0298-0    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-4814-7670-6    $10.99This companion book to the author-illustrator team’s Creepy Carrots humorously spookifies another not-usually-scary item. While underwear-shopping with his mom, young bunny Jasper Rabbit spies a pair of green glow-in-the-dark undies with a Frankenstein’s-monster...
      

The Writer’s Page: On Home, Empathy, and Voice

I write, much of the time, from the perspective of a person who is not quite sure where home is. I am interested in figuring out how to make one.Home is a deceptively simple word. When those of us who work with children say it, we often assume it has...
      

From The (Ghoulish) Guide: Horn BOO! 2017

  In addition to Boo Who? and Creepy Pair of Underwear, reviewed in the September/October 2017 issue, here are nine new picture books our staff thinks are unboolievably right for Halloween reading.Clickard, Carrie  Magic for Sale32 pp.     Holiday     2017     ISBN 978-0-8234-3559-3e-book ISBN 978-0-8234-3910-2K–3  Illustrated by John Shelley. In a story...

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