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Z Is for Elastic: The Amazing Stretch of Paul Zelinsky

What would Margaret Wise Brown have been without Clement Hurd? There’d have been no Goodnight Moon. What would Ruth Krauss have been without Maurice Sendak or Crockett Johnson or Marc Simont? There’d have been no Hole Is to Dig or Carrot Seed or Happy Day. Some of the most original, imaginative picture book scripts have […]

Review of Never Say Die

Never Say Die by Will Hobbs Intermediate, Middle School    Harper/HarperCollins    212 pp. 2/13    978-0-06-170878-7    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-06-170879-4    $17.89 e-book ed.  978-0-06-222384-5    $9.99 Set in the Yukon Territory hard by the Beaufort Sea, Hobbs’s latest turbocharged wilderness survival story has heavy weather, savage river waters, treacherous trails, and, as chief antagonist, a “grolar bear.” Just […]

Jack (and Jill) Be Nimble: An Interview with Mary Cash and Jason Low

In between the few huge publishing houses and the many tiny ones lie the small independents. Mary Cash is vice president and editor in chief of Holiday House, founded by Vernon Ives in 1935 and currently publishing sixty-plus new books a year; Jason Low is the publisher of Lee & Low Books, co-founded by his […]

Different Drums: Embracing the Strange

The Horn Book Magazine asked Kristin Cashore, “What’s the strangest children’s book you’ve ever enjoyed?” “So very annoying, this volcano,” says Moominmamma with a sigh, flicking soot from her (substantial) nose and thinking of the nice new washing she’s hung out. And it is annoying, as are the associated earthquakes and the flood wave that […]

When Pigs Fly: The Improbable Dream of Bookselling in a Digital Age

“I’ve always dreamed of opening a bookstore when I retire.” We used to hear this all the time, a shy confession from book-loving customers and tourists delighted to find an independent bookstore tucked away in a small Vermont town. It was the words “when I retire” that made us smile, this cozy perception of bookselling […]

Editorial: See, It’s Not Just Me

In an era in which books want to have sequels, sequels want to spawn series, series want to be like that other guy’s series, and those other guys become fewer and fewer as publishing consolidates itself, we thought it might be nice to take a time-out in favor of the outliers. Welcome to the Horn […]

Prayer for a Child and the Test of Time

This is the second of a continuing series of articles celebrating the history of the Caldecott Medal, which marks its seventy-fifth anniversary this year. Librarian and children’s literature historian Kathleen T. Horning will look at one seminal but unheralded Caldecott book of each decade — identifying trends and misconceptions, noting the changing nature of the […]

Review of Maggot Moon

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner; illus. by Julian Crouch Middle School, High School    Candlewick    281 pp. 2/13    978-0-7636-6553-1    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-7636-6573-9    $16.99 Gardner (I, Coriander, rev. 8/05) here imagines an alternate, dystopic UK: a repressive 1950s regime that calls itself the Motherland, abhors “impurities,” is led by a man with a bad haircut, and […]

The Horn Book Magazine — March/April 2013

Table of Contents   Features Barbara Bader 21 Z Is for Elastic: The Amazing Stretch of Paul Zelinsky A look at the versatile artist’s career. Roger Sutton 30 Jack (and Jill) Be Nimble: An Interview with Mary Cash and Jason Low Independent publishers stay flexible and look to the future. Eugene Yelchin 41 The Price […]

Preview March/April 2013 Horn Book Magazine

Special Issue: Different Drummers The Writer’s Page: Authors Polly Horvath and Jack Gantos exchange ideas on what it is to be weird. In their own unique ways. Barbara Bader discusses the work of versatile illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky (whose original art graces the March cover). Roger Sutton interviews two independent children’s book publishers: Mary Cash […]