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Holiday High Notes 2018

Deck the halls! It’s time for our annual selection of fa-la-la-lots of new (and one reissued) holiday books, with reviews written by the Horn Book staff. Carols and Chaos by Cindy Anstey High School    Swoon/Feiwel    284 pp.    g 10/18    Paper ed.  978-1-250-17487-1    $10.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-17486-4    $7.80 In 1817 England, eighteen-year-old Kate Darby, lady’s maid […]

Holiday High Notes 2017

We have a little section of books this time of year. They’re new (and some reissued), and filled with winter cheer. Nutcracked by Susan Adrian Intermediate    Random    234 pp. 9/17    978-0-399-55668-5    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-399-55669-2     $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-399-55670-8    $10.99 During each rehearsal for her role as Clara in The Nutcracker, Georgie finds herself — […]

Review of The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily

The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan High School    Knopf    217 pp. 10/16    978-0-399-55380-6    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-399-55381-3    $20.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-399-55382-0    $10.99 It’s been a year since the two teens met and fell in love in New York City (Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, rev. 1/11), […]

Review of A Hanukkah with Mazel

A Hanukkah with Mazel by Joel Edward Stein; illus. by Elisa Vavouri Primary    Kar-Ben    32 pp. 9/16    978-1-4677-8171-8    $17.99 Paper ed.  978-1-4677-8176-3    $7.99    g e-book ed.  978-1-5124-0936-9    $6.99 Artist Misha doesn’t have much, but he has enough milk to share with the cat he finds in his barn, whom he names Mazel (“luck”). He can’t […]

Holiday High Notes 2016

’Tis the season…to read and enjoy our annual selection of new (and reissued) holiday books. Fly Guy’s Ninja Christmas by Tedd Arnold; illus. by the author Primary    Cartwheel/Scholastic    32 pp. 10/16    978-0-545-66277-2    $6.99    g On Christmas Eve, Buzz and his pet fly read a book about ninjas. Then Buzz explains Christmas to Fly Guy: “Santa […]

Review of Samurai Santa: A Very Ninja Christmas

Samurai Santa: A Very Ninja Christmas by Rubin Pingk; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary   Simon   40 pp. 9/15   978-1-4814-3057-9   $17.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4814-3058-6   $10.99 It’s hard to be a ninja when no one will join your snowball fight for fear of landing on Santa’s naughty list. There’s only one thing for Yukio to do: […]

Review of Oskar and the Eight Blessings

Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard Simon and Tanya Simon; illus. by Mark Siegel Primary, Intermediate   Roaring Brook   40 pp. 9/15   978-1-59643-949-8   $17.99 In 1938, the last night of Hanukkah coincided with Christmas Eve, and for a young Jewish refugee in Manhattan, both holidays provided blessings. Following Kristallnacht, Oskar’s parents had put him on […]

Holiday High Notes 2015

Have yourself a merry little read-through of 
our annual selection of new holiday books, with 
reviews written by the Horn Book staff. When Santa Was a Baby by Linda Bailey; 
illus. by Geneviève Godbout Primary   Tundra   32 pp. 10/15   978-1-77049-556-2   $16.99 e-book ed. 978-1-77049-558-6   $10.99 In the tradition of Agee’s Little Santa (rev. 11/13) and […]

Review of My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins High School   St. Martin’s Griffin   323 pp. 10/14   978-1-250-05930-7   $18.99   g e-book ed. 978-1-4668-6389-7   $9.99 Holiday romance is the connecting link for the twelve tales included in this highly enjoyable anthology by a dozen well-known young adult authors, including Rainbow Rowell, Matt […]

Review of I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel

I Know an Old Lady Who 
Swallowed a Dreidel by Caryn Yacowitz; 
illus. by David Slonim Primary   Levine/Scholastic   32 pp. 9/14   978-0-439-91530-4   $17.99 The American Gothic parody on the 
first wordless spread — showing Ma 
and Pa, a boy, a cat…and a menorah — previews this freewheeling volume, part warm family holiday story, part art […]