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Review of We Are Starlings: Inside the Mesmerizing Magic of a Murmuration

We Are Starlings: Inside the Mesmerizing Magic of a Murmuration by Robert Furrow and Donna Jo Napoli; illus. by Marc MartinPrimary    Random House Studio/Random    40 pp.5/23    9780593381632    $18.99Library ed.  9780593381649    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593381663    $11.99Starlings are social birds, at times flying in groups so large that their wings create a murmuring...

Review of As Night Falls: Creatures That Go Wild After Dark

As Night Falls: Creatures That Go Wild After Dark by Donna Jo Napoli; illus. by Felicita SalaPreschool, Primary     Random House Studio/Random    40 pp.3/23    9780593374290    $18.99Library ed.  9780593374306    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593374313    $10.99With a going-to-bed frame, this picture book in rhyme takes those still wide awake after dark on a frenzied tour...

Review of In a Flash

In a Flash by Donna Jo Napoli Intermediate    Lamb/Random    400 pp.    g 1/21    978-1-101-93413-5    $16.99 Library ed.  978-1-101-93414-2    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-101-93415-9    $9.99 Narrator Simona is eight years old in 1940, and her younger sister five, when they leave their home outside Rome for Tokyo — their father has been...

Review of Dark Shimmer

Dark Shimmerby Donna Jo NapoliHigh School   Lamb/Random   358 pp.9/15   978-0-385-74655-7   $16.99Library ed. 978-0-385-90892-4   $19.99e-book ed. 978-0-375-98917-9   $10.99Napoli’s latest fairy-tale revisioning is set amongst the beautiful homes and mysterious waters of fifteenth-century Venice. Dolce grew up on a tiny island believing that she was a monster: larger than everyone else, awkward,...

Transformers: How Did Snow White Survive in That Glass Coffin?

I often write novels based on fairy tales, folktales, myths, and religious stories. They attract me for three reasons. They have stood the test of time, and I want to harness that power. Their plots grip me so hard I can barely breathe. They challenge me: how do I interest...

Donna Jo Napoli Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here.Sponsored byWith more than fifty books published since 1991, I can't think of a literary pool Donna Jo Napoli hasn't at least dipped her toe into: picture books,...

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