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From the Editor – August 2018

It’s still summer, and we all should remain as relaxed as possible, so let me just take a moment to happily acknowledge how relaxed everybody is getting about book boundaries, especially when it comes to a book for beginning readers. As Shoshana and Cindy ask of Fox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories in […]

Groundbreaking women in STEM

Four new picture-book biographies introduce primary readers to female scientists and mathematicians who wouldn’t let anything stand in the way of their pursuit of knowledge. Also look for a review of Spring After Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement by Stephanie Roth Sisson in the upcoming September/October Horn Book Magazine. An early, vivid […]

Five questions for Sergio Ruzzier

The Party and Other Stories [Fox + Chick] (Chronicle; 5–8 years) stars two friends whose relationship isn’t always so smooth. It looks like a picture book from the outside, but simply structured panels and spare, repetitive text make it work just as effectively as an easy reader and an introduction to the conventions of graphic […]

Books mentioned in the August 2018 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Sergio Ruzzier Fox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier, Chronicle, 5–8 years. Two Mice by Sergio Ruzzier, Clarion, 3–5 years. Uncommon graphic novels for beginners The Itchy Book by LeUyen Pham, Hyperion, 5–8 years. New Shoes by Sara Varon, Roaring Brook/First Second, 5–8 years. The Dragon Slayer: Folktales […]

The art of deception

The protagonists of the following new YA fantasies all face complex societal structures which force them to hide, lie, or deceive others in some fashion. Along the way, this leads each character to re-examine her or his own identity and prior beliefs…and also makes for compelling reading. Rachel Hartman returns to her fantastical medievalesque world […]

Uncommon graphic novels for beginners

Difficult to classify — and entertaining to read. Here are four new graphic novels for beginning readers and middle graders. See also “Five Questions for Sergio Ruzzier” about his Fox + Chick series (in this issue), “New for New Readers: An Easy Reader Renaissance,” and Brian Selznick and David Serlin’s Talks with Roger interview about […]