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Horn Book Cyber Week Sale 2023

Have you heard that our Cyber Week subscription sale has been extended until next Tuesday, 12/12/23?! Remember to apply the promo code CYBER35 when checking out.   We're also excited to be calling your attention to our NEW gift-subscription capability! I took advantage of this option just yesterday—the savings were...

Review of How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney?

How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney? by Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon KlassenPreschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.9/23    9781536223767    $18.99e-book ed.  9781536234442    $18.99Barnett and Klassen (The Three Billy Goats Gruff, rev. 1/23, and others) reunite to address the title’s age-old Christmas question. Barnett’s text expertly speculates as a child might,...

Review of Holy Night and Little Star: A Story for Christmas

Holy Night and Little Star: A Story for Christmas by Mitali Perkins; illus. by Khoa LePrimary    Waterbrook    40 pp.9/23    9780593578049    $15.99e-book ed.  9780593578056    $7.99Resistant to change, Little Star is uncertain how she can help Maker on Holy Night. She follows the shepherds to a stable in Bethlehem and sees a...

Review of Dasher Can’t Wait for Christmas

Dasher Can’t Wait for Christmas by Matt Tavares; illus. by the authorPrimary    Candlewick    40 pp.9/23    9781536230130    $17.99e-book ed.  9781536233483    $17.99First introduced in Dasher (rev. 11/19), the titular character returns in a new holiday adventure that conveys the spirit of the season. Dasher loves “seeing the Christmas lights from high above”...

Review of Bruce and the Legend of Soggy Hollow

Bruce and the Legend of Soggy Hollow [Mother Bruce]by Ryan T. Higgins; illus. by the authorPrimary    Disney-Hyperion    48 pp.7/23    9781368059589    $18.99Bruce the bear’s family of mice and geese tries to get him in the Halloween mood by acting out “The Legend of Soggy Hollow.” Mouse Nibbs is the Horseless Horseman...

Review of A Super Scary Narwhalloween

A Super Scary Narwhalloween [Narwhal and Jelly Book]by Ben Clanton; illus. by the authorPrimary    Tundra    72 pp.7/23    9780735266742    $12.99e-book ed.  9780735266759    $7.99Excited Narwhal can’t decide which costume to wear for Halloween, while scared Jelly doesn’t plan to participate. But when Jelly and their friends must “superfy” themselves to bravely rescue...

Review of A Practical Present for Philippa Pheasant

A Practical Present for Philippa Pheasant by Briony May Smith; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.8/23    9781536228489    $18.99Philippa, a pheasant, is “fed up with being nearly knocked pancake-flat” by cars whenever she crosses the road to eat blackberries by the forest where she lives. When her note to...

Review of Real to Me

Real to Me by Minh Lê; illus. by Raissa FigueroaPreschool    Knopf    40 pp.5/23    9780593377499    $18.99Library ed.  9780593377505    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593377512    $10.99“When you have a great friend, the rest of the world can seem to disappear.” But if that friend suddenly disappears, can you trust that they were real? Lê (Lift,...'s spring!

"One attraction in coming to the woods to live was that I should have leisure and opportunity to see the spring come in." —Henry David Thoreau from Walden; Or, Life in the Woods I spent several hours on Saturday afternoon outside in the sun and warmth raking up the last...

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