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Blowing the Horn: Catch of the Day

Illustration (c) 2024 by Sergio Ruzzier. From the May/June 2024 special issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Our Centennial. For more Horn Book centennial coverage, click here. Find more in the "Blowing the Horn" series here. Single copies of this special issue are available for $15.00 including postage and may...

Review of The Real Story

The Real Story by Sergio Ruzzier; illus. by the authorPrimary    Abrams Appleseed    32 pp.10/23    9781419755262    $16.99e-book ed.  9781647003463    $15.29Cat finds an empty cookie jar smashed on the floor and demands an explanation from Mouse, who just happens to be reading a book next to a plate with a sprinkling of...

Review of Walter Had a Best Friend

Walter Had a Best Friend by Deborah Underwood; illus. by Sergio Ruzzier Preschool     Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp.    g 10/22     978-1-5344-7700-1     $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-7701-8    $10.99 Walter (a mouse-like creature) and Xavier (who resembles a duck) do everything together, including boating (their canoe has “X + W”...

Review of “No!” Said Custard the Squirrel

“No!” Said Custard the Squirrel by Sergio Ruzzier ; illus. by the author Preschool     Abrams Appleseed    40 pp.     g9/22     978-1-4197-5524-8     $15.99e-book ed.  978-1-6470-0345-6    $14.39 Opening endpapers populated with buck-toothed squirrels feature one yellow creature with an orange beak dressed in a jaunty green cap and vest....

Review of Fish and Wave

Fish and Wave [I Can Read!: Comics]by Sergio Ruzzier; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    HarperAlley/HarperCollins    48 pp.   g5/22    978-0-06-307667-9    $16.99Paper ed.  978-0-06-307666-2    $4.99Fish (Fish and Sun, rev. 9/21) wakes up early to search for a new friend, and the first potential pal he finds is a wave. Wave starts...

Review of Fish and Sun and Tiny Tales: Shell Quest

Fish and Sun [I Can Read!: Comics] by Sergio Ruzzier; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    HarperAlley/HarperCollins    48 pp.    g 6/21    978-0-06-307664-8    $16.99 Paper ed.  978-0-06-307663-1    $4.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-307665-5    $4.99 Tiny Tales: Shell Quest [I Can Read!: Comics] by Steph Waldo; illus. by the author Primary    HarperAlley/HarperCollins    32 pp.   ...

Review of The Quiet Boat Ride and Other Stories

The Quiet Boat Ride and Other Stories [Fox + Chick] by Sergio Ruzzier; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Chronicle    56 pp. 3/19    978-1-4521-5289-9    $14.99 Ruzzier presents three more brief adventures, in hybrid picture-book/early-chapter-book/comic form, about friends Fox and Chick (The Party and Other Stories, rev. 3/18). The first...

CaldeGeisel 2020

Last year the Guessing Geisel co-host team was thrilled to make a visit to Calling Caldecott to discuss the crossover appeal of Emily Tetri’s Tiger vs. Nightmare. Although the title didn’t quite snag a crossover win, it did take home a Geisel Honor. Not too shabby! This year we’re once again...

The View from Robin's Rocking Chair

Robin Smith, my wife, co-founded Calling Caldecott, and when she died last year, I knew that each fall would have me wondering which current picture books Robin would love most. The way I decide is to think of Robin’s rocking chair, painted in vivid reds and yellows and greens by...

Fox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories

I have a deep love for art that is excellent without being showy, and so I find myself in love with Sergio Ruzzier’s Fox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories. The Caldecott criteria include providing a child with a primarily visual experience, and here it is. Even children who can’t...

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