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When I did my initial just-read-the-pictures look through Mine! (see Step 5 of Robin Smith’s advice), I found myself looking at this picture book as if it were a graphic novel. You know those occasional dramatic moments when the multi-panel structure gives way to an illustration that takes up the...

Review of Mine!

Mine! by Candace Fleming; illus. by Eric RohmannPreschool    Schwartz/Random    40 pp.8/23    9780593181669    $18.99Library ed.  9780593181676    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593181683    $10.99“In a tall, tall tree, / at the tip-tippy top, / hung a single red apple, / just about to drop.” Crisp, bright illustrations with smooth black outlines, created on stained paper...

Review of Penny & Pip

Penny & Pip by Candace Fleming; illus. by Eric RohmannPreschool  Dlouhy/Atheneum    40 pp.6/23    9781665913317    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665913324    $10.99Rohmann returns to the natural history museum setting of his debut, Time Flies, but this outing is far cozier than that 1995 Caldecott Honor Book. It’s just as fanciful, though. Penny, a brown-skinned...

Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann Talk 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 by  Random House Children’s Books      It’s a simple enough tale: one apple hanging temptingly from a tree, five hungry animals waiting for the drop. Life- and artistic partners,...

Review of Polar Bear

Polar Bear by Candace Fleming; illus. by Eric Rohmann Primary    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.    g 11/22    978-0-8234-4916-3    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5435-8    $11.99 Showcasing another fascinating animal (Giant Squid, rev. 9/16; Honeybee, rev. 3/20), and with their usual dynamism and immediacy, Fleming and ­Rohmann turn their attention to polar...

Bad Books (and How I've Learned to Love Them)

Here’s a story: George the pig is polite, conscientious, and helpful. He’s almost perfect, really, except for one flaw that seems very piglike and not unusual at all: he eats too much. So when tempted by boxes of doughnuts his mother has baked for the “Pigtown Ladies’ Popcorn Festival and...

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera

According to National Geographic, the average size of a worker honeybee is between 0.4 to 0.6 inches. And yet this little critter serves a mighty role in the food chain. Some humans may view bees as a pest, but we depend on honeybee pollination for many of the foods we...

Review of Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming; illus. by Eric Rohmann Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp. 2/20    978-0-8234-4285-0    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4304-8    $11.99 A worker bee breaks out of her honeycomb cell and begins a task-filled life in her colony. The “teeming, trembling flurry” of bees within the...

Table of Contents: March/April 2020 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art from Honeybee: The Busy LIfe of Apis Mellifera. Illustration © 2020 by Eric Rohmann.   Features We Need Diverse Jewish and Muslim Books by Heidi Rabinowitz and Sadaf Siddique Considering religion in conversations around diverse books. Middle-Grade Graphic Novels Make Good by Elissa Gershowitz From kids at school...

Preview March/April 2020 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art by Eric Rohmann from Honeybee, written by Candace Fleming.  Heidi Rabinowitz and Sadaf Siddique consider religion in conversations around diverse books, with a focus on Jewish and Muslim representation.  Middle-Grade Graphic Novels Make Good: Elissa Gershowitz on an ever-growing category that has something for everyone--now including a Newbery...

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