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Books mentioned in the August 2012 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

5 Questions for Roz Chast Marco Goes to School by Roz Chast, Atheneum, 4–7 years. Too Busy Marco by Roz Chast, Atheneum, 4–7 years. No worries back-to-school Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten! by Hyewon Yum, Foster/Farrar, 4–6 years. A Gold Star for Zog by Julia Donaldson; illus. by Axel Scheffler, Levine/Scholastic, 4–6 years. […]

From the Editor – August 2012

You, Notes readers, have told us that you want more reviews of informational books. While—of course—I will tell you again to look to our Magazine and Guide for excellent and broad coverage of nonfiction titles, I’m pleased to inform you about a new publication that will debut in October. Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book […]

Five questions for Roz Chast

For more than thirty years, Roz Chast has captured the tiny frights and foibles of modern life in her New Yorker cartoons. In Marco Goes to School (a companion to Too Busy Marco, both published by Atheneum, 4–7 years) she demonstrates, through the first school day of bird Marco, the same empathy for the concerns […]

American heroes

As the school year begins, young American history students will find themselves drawn to the times, places, and people that shaped our nation. The following titles — a picture book biography for intermediate-level readers, two engaging nonfiction narratives, and a biography in cartoon-panel format — will be appreciated by middle graders looking for American heroes. […]

Not your father’s comic books

Graphic novels have been steadily expanding their scope — and their readership. No longer focused squarely on reluctant-reader boys, today’s graphic novels run the gamut from action to drama, comedy, and even some romance. In Doug TenNapel’s Cardboard, Cam Howerton’s out-of-work father is so broke, the best he can do for Cam’s birthday is an […]

Appropriate apps

These iOS app versions of beloved preschool favorites are great choices for promoting early digital literacy. They honor the original books in tone and structure but add a little extra oomph with thoughtfully selected interactive elements. The Pat the Bunny app updates Dorothy Kunhardt’s lift-the-flap classic with new opportunities to play with Paul, Judy, and […]

No-worries back-to-school

These four stories take the stress out of school for early elementary school students. From first-day worries to doubts about the next school year and test anxiety, the topics are covered in fresh and humorous ways. Hyewon Yum’s Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten! turns the usual first-day-of-school anxiety story on its head. Breezy […]