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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 Hoops

Hoops by Matt Tavares; illus. by the authorMiddle School    Candlewick    224 pp.3/23    9781536201369    $22.99Tavares’s first graphic novel is based on the true story of Judi Warren and the 1976 Warsaw (Indiana) High School girls’ basketball team—its rise from nonexistence before Title IX, to filling the bleachers, to winning the state...

Publishers' Preview: Picture Books and Graphic Novels: Five Questions for Matt Tavares

This interview originally appeared in the November/December 2022 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Picture Books and Graphic Novels, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by...

Memorial Day 2021: The Great Reset and Tomb Guard Values

On the evening the Centers for Disease Control announced that fully vaccinated people could essentially eschew their masks indoors and out, I was in Manhattan keeping vigil with my ailing father. As I walked north on Riverside Drive after a visit to his bedside, what struck me most was the...

Review of Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by Jeff Gottesfeld; illus. by Matt Tavares Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 3/21    978-1-5362-0148-2    $17.99 “In life we were our mothers’ sons. / In death we are faded photos on the mantel, / empty chairs at Thanksgiving, / prayers in...

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