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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 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 […]

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 […]

Halloween candy is for kids.

We were all bummed today that no one brought in any leftover Halloween candy. And then *this* arrived from our friends at Taza Chocolate…I mean Heaven: It is by far the most delicious thing to have come Out of the Box in our seven years of publication. And guess what? Today is Out of the […]

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 […]

From The (Ghoulish) Guide: Horn BOO! 2017

  In addition to Boo Who? and Creepy Pair of Underwear, reviewed in the September/October 2017 issue, here are nine new picture books our staff thinks are unboolievably right for Halloween reading. Clickard, Carrie  Magic for Sale 32 pp.     Holiday     2017     ISBN 978-0-8234-3559-3 e-book ISBN 978-0-8234-3910-2 K–3  Illustrated by John Shelley. In a story told […]

Board Book Roundup: Fall 2016 Edition: Halloween

This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. 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. The youngest children can join in on the Halloween […]

Shadow House app review

Set in Larkspur House, a home for abandoned and wayward children, Shadow House (Scholastic, August 2016; iOS and Android) is the app component of Dan Poblocki’s new multi-platform middle-grade horror series of the same name. The app allows users to interact with the series’ fictional world by choosing their own pathways through twelve different “Incidents.” […]