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Review of The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza

The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza by Mac Barnett; illus. by Shawn HarrisPrimary, Intermediate    Tegen/HarperCollins    320 pp.   g5/22    978-0-06-308408-7    $15.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-308410-0    $10.99What began as an online storytelling experiment between Barnett and Harris during COVID-19 has been adapted into a graphic novel. This wacky space opera follows a...

Review of The Great Zapfino

The Great Zapfino by Mac Barnett; illus. by Marla FrazeePreschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp.    g4/22    978-1-5344-1154-8    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-1155-5    $10.99The stage is set, the circus curtains part, and out walks the short, bald, and unassuming Great Zapfino, who will leap from death-defying heights onto a tiny trampoline. Barnett plays...

Review of John’s Turn

John’s Turn by Mac Barnett; illus. by Kate BerubePrimary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g3/22    978-1-5362-0395-0    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5362-2676-8    $17.99Barnett and Berube offer a sensitive story about a boy grappling with stage fright and insecurity. The main character, John, walks into the narrative on the front endpaper carrying a duffle bag, his...

Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli 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 Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli hope you are happy to make the acquaintance of their new easy-reader antihero Jack and his friends/foils Rex (a dog) and the Lady (a lady)....

Readers, meet Triangle

Reposting a previous Review of the Week from our website today...A new Mac Barnett/Jon Klassen collaboration is always of interest for picture book connoisseurs. This one? Well, you can tell from the wordless cover that it's somewhat of a departure from their previous books — and you probably can't tell, but the...

Review of Triangle

Triangleby Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon KlassenPreschool, Primary    Candlewick    48 pp.3/17    978-0-7636-9603-0    $15.99Triangle leaves his triangle-shaped house via his triangle-shaped door, off to “play a sneaky trick on Square.” He walks to Square’s house and stands outside the square-shaped door, hissing like a snake. Square, who...

Hbook Podcast 2.4 - Special Guests Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Siân chats with author/illustrator Jon Klassen and author Mac Barnett during a Triangle tour stop at the Brookline Booksmith.LinksMac’s TED talkSteven MalkRoger and Gene Luen Yang discuss lots of things, including the author/illustrator split during the picture book production processThe YarnRelevant pictures SaveSave...

Review of The Magic Word

The Magic Wordby Mac Barnett; illus. by Elise ParsleyPrimary    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    40 pp.10/16    978-0-06-235484-6    $17.99Here, the magic word isn’t please, it’s Alakazoomba, and it’s what amped-up Paxton C. Heymeyer says to summon the cookie that his babysitter won’t let him have — without first saying “the magic word.” With...

Leo: A Ghost Story

This book is one of my favorites of the year, and I would imagine it's one that the Caldecott committee will discuss at length. (It has also recently been named a NYT Best Illustrated book.) Mac Barnett's excellent storytelling, combined with Christian Robinson's illustrations, make this a true picture book....

The Skunk

I admit to being a leeetle unsure of what to make of this one.In an SLJ interview, author Mac Barnett was less than definitive: "What is The Skunk about? Is it a comedy? A romance? A ghost story? A tale of paranoia? An allegory of trauma?" And the Kirkus review called...

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