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Happy Halloween from The Horn BoooOOOoook!

Happy Halloween! How are we celebrating here at The Horn Book? With a matching mask-and-tie ensemble, a field trip to the (very seasonally appropriate) Fog x Flo installation, chocolate-chip pumpkin muffins, Red Sox pride, and spooky books, of course! Here’s a selection of new Halloween board books for the littlest monsters*, plus lots of treats […]

Review of Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America

Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America by Gail Jarrow Intermediate, Middle School    Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills    142 pp. 8/18    978-1-62979-776-2    $18.95 e-book ed.  978-1-68437-143-3    $9.99 In 1938, on the night before Halloween, an American radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells’s […]

Review of Give the Dark My Love

Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis Middle School, High School    Razorbill/Penguin    451 pp.    g 9/18    978-1-595-14717-2    $17.99 When Nedra leaves home for Yûgen Academy to study medical alchemy, she’s most focused on curing the Wasting Death, a plague that begins with blackened necrotic extremities, only sometimes responding to the amputation of the affected […]

Review of Samurai Scarecrow: A Very Ninja Halloween

Samurai Scarecrow: A Very Ninja Halloween by Rubin Pingk; illus. by the author Primary    Simon    48 pp. 7/18    978-1-4814-3059-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-3060-9    $10.99 In his second holiday-themed adventure (Samurai Santa, rev. 11/15), young ninja Yukio faces a familiar Halloween-night dilemma: how to handle a tagalong sibling. Doting little sis Kashi emulates all of Yukio’s […]

Halloween is happening!

Seven days and counting… You’ve got the costumes (made the costumes? kudos!); you’ve decorated the house with ghosts and ghouls; and you’ve got the candy (you’ll probably need to restock by next Wednesday night — let’s be real). Now gather some literary treats courtesy of Horn BOO! It’s the Horn Book’s annual round-up of recommended […]

Review of The Ghostly Carousel: Delightfully Frightful Poems

The Ghostly Carousel: Delightfully Frightful Poems by Calef Brown; illus. by the author Primary    Carolrhoda    32 pp. 8/18    978-1-5124-2661-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5415-2468-2    $17.99 Brown (Soup for Breakfast, rev. 3/09; Hypnotize a Tiger, rev. 3/15) gives his quirky, funny verse and art a spooky twist here with seventeen poems celebrating ghosts, witches, demons, and even […]

Girls, ghosts, and ghouls

In four new shiver-inducing middle-school and YA novels perfect for the Halloween season, young women come face-to-face with the restless dead, who are variously mindless and hungry or self-aware and in need of assistance — and not so different from their living counterparts. For more, see this recommended YA reading list, and don’t miss these […]

From The (Ghoulish) Guide: Horn BOO! 2018

In addition to Samurai Scarecrow, The Ghostly Carousel, and two Mary Shelley picture-book biographies reviewed in the September/October 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, here are nine new books our staff thinks are unboolievably right for Halloween reading. Atkinson, Cale  Sir Simon: Super Scarer 48 pp.     Tundra     2018     ISBN 978-1-101-91909-5 […]

Board Book Roundup: Baby Horn Boo! 2017 Edition

This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, published seasonally. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. “What do birds say on Halloween?” “Trick or TWEET!” Here are some sweet and silly Halloween […]

On Susan Kusel’s “Book or Treat!” (from 2016)

“Over the years, I’ve been amazed at the number of kids who arrive at my house looking forward to selecting their book.” In “Book or Treat!,” librarian and “frequent book-award committee member” Susan Kusel writes about the genius way she divests herself of the many review copies she receives throughout the year. On Halloween, she […]