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Review of Scary Stories

Scary Stories by Tony Johnston; illus. by Tomie dePaola Primary    Wiseman/Simon    32 pp.    g 7/22    978-1-6659-0431-5    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-6659-0432-2    $10.99 An imp, a goblin, and a scalawag attempt to outdo one another in the telling of scary stories. Each includes what they collectively believe to be the scariest...

In Memoriam: Tomie dePaola (1934–2020)

The first thing I think of when I think of Tomie dePaola (who died in March at the age of eighty-five, from complications following a fall) isn’t a book at all. It’s Christmas. I think of a Tomie dePaola nativity set my family had growing up. I’m not even talking...

Tomie dePaola (1934-2020)

Beloved author and illustrator Tomie DePaola has passed away this week, on March 30, 2020, from a fall. "What a rich legacy he has left us with," says Roger Sutton. Some articles, interviews, and artwork by and about this "great guy" are here; look for a full remembrance in an...

Review of Quiet

Quietby Tomie dePaola; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Simon    32 pp.10/18    978-1-4814-7754-3    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-4814-7755-0    $10.99A grandfather, a girl, a boy, and their dog out for a walk notice the busyness of the natural world around them: the bees buzz, the birds fly fast, a dragonfly zooms, all “busy as...

Review of The Moon's Almost Here

The Moon’s Almost Hereby Patricia MacLachlan; 
illus. by Tomie dePaolaPrimary    McElderry    32 pp.6/16    978-1-4814-2062-4    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-4814-2063-1    $10.99MacLachlan’s lyrical text combines with ethereal illustrations by dePaola in this simultaneously nostalgic and fresh bedtime book. A generous trim size gives dePaola ample space for the sky under which his characters, the...

Review of Andy & Sandy’s Anything Adventure and When Andy Met Sandy

Andy & Sandy’s Anything Adventureby Tomie dePaola and Jim Lewis; illus. by Tomie dePaolaPreschool, Primary   Simon   32 pp.3/16   978-1-4814-4157-5   $8.99e-book ed. 978-1-4814-4158-2   $8.99When Andy Met Sandyby Tomie dePaola and Jim Lewis; illus. by Tomie dePaolaPreschool, Primary   Simon   32 pp.3/16   978-1-4814-4155-1   $8.99e-book ed. 978-1-4814-4156-8   $8.99Andy and Sandy are the friends in...

Five questions for Tomie dePaola

Photo: Julie Maris/Semel1. You've illustrated books intended for a range of ages. What, in your experience, makes a good picture book for the very young?TD: Picture books for the young are the hardest, the most rewarding, and the most consequential task any illustrator/writer can tackle. The responsibility of introducing "The...

Review of Look and Be Grateful

Look and Be Gratefulby Tomie dePaola; illus. by the authorPreschool   Holiday   32 pp.10/15   978-0-8234-3443-5   $16.95   ge-book ed. 978-0-8234-3485-5   $16.95With all the picture books designed for just-before-sleep (see Thank You and Good Night and Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! in this issue), why not one to bring you awake? DePaola’s rouse...

Five Gay Picture-Book Prodigies and the Difference They’ve Made

From the March/April 2015 cover by Tomie dePaola.   Andy Manley, a Scottish theater artist, travels the world putting on shows for children. In 2014, he was in New York doing My House, a “mostly wordless solo piece co-starring a cardboard box and a wayward melon,” according to the New...

Horn Book Magazine - March/April 2015

Table of ContentsFeatures"Mind the Gaps: Books for All Young Readers" by Vaunda Micheaux NelsonCreating a demand for more good books featuring diverse characters."Five Gay Picture-Book Prodigies and the Difference They’ve Made" by Barbara BaderFrom Sendak to dePaola.ColumnsEditorial"The Difference That Made Them" by Roger SuttonDiversity of all stripes.The Writer's Page"Ex Libris"...

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