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Everywhere Babies 2022

I was surprised and also not surprised to learn the book Everywhere Babies has been the focus of conservative outrage in Walton County, Florida.  I was surprised because I hadn’t realized this book, written by Susan Meyers and illustrated by Marla Frazee, was well known. I have an embarrassing tendency...

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 The Farmer and the Circus

The Farmer and the Circus by Marla Frazee; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-5344-4621-2    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-4622-9    $10.99 Frazee’s wordless trilogy that began with The Farmer and the Clown (rev. 11/14) comes to a satisfying end. The story opens at the circus,...

BGHB at 50: Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, illus. by Marla Frazee

Clementine, a 2007 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book for Fiction and Poetry, is a 136-page master class in characterization. Sure, its protagonist is a spunky girl in the grand tradition of spunky girls. But just look at how much we learn about her — at how much is specific to...

Review of The Bossier Baby

The Bossier Babyby Marla Frazee; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp.11/16    978-1-4814-7162-6    $17.99    ge-book ed.  978-1-4814-7163-3    $10.99The Boss Baby (rev. 7/10) finds himself sidelined when a new CEO, a string of pearls adding just the right touch to her sleek black onesie, takes over. This Bossier Baby...

The Farmer and the Clown: Marla Frazee's 2015 BGBH PB Award Speech

Thank you so much. Thank you to the judges — Barbara, Jessica, and Maeve. Thank you for placing me in the company of two of my very favorite picture book creators, Jon Agee and Oliver Jeffers.By giving this award to The Farmer and the Clown, you have helped move the...

The Farmer and the Clown

Things are beginning to heat up. Mock Caldecotts are being decided; best-of-year lists continue to be released; over at Fuse #8, Betsy Bird has made her final predictions.It's time to talk about a book that's been one of my favorites all fall: Marla Frazee's The Farmer and the Clown.I find...

Review of The Farmer and the Clown

The Farmer and the Clownby Marla Frazee; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp.10/14    978-1-4424-9744-3    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-4424-9745-0    $10.99Appearances can be deceiving in this superb wordless book from two-time Caldecott Honor recipient Frazee. At sunset, a grim-faced, pitchfork-wielding farmer comes to the rescue when a circus train hits...

Marla Frazee 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 byTwo-time Caldecott Honor recipient (for A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever and All the World) Marla Frazee's newest picture book The Farmer and the...

Marla Frazee, wipe that smile off your face!

The story below is one reason we love Marla Frazee. Find out many more by reading her Talks with Roger interview.I was once a clown, in high school. A bunch of us were nominated to be on the homecoming court — twenty-five or thirty people — and I did not...

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